Fall Color Updates

Monday in October

Traipsed through last week, hoarded a bazillion reference images for some drawing (the references are birds. You didn’t know I draw?), wrote on an ongoing story (yes I write stories too!) and then on the way home on Friday I realize I hadn’t popped in to give you guys the updates on the fall colors! Whoops!

Better today than to skip a whole week, especially since we are in the peak time of colors!

BAM! We have color people! If you didn’t get out on Sunday, make a point to carve some time this week to take a stroll in the fall colors. The North Shore is in full peak and should be EPIC! Plus there’s been some solid rainfall so the waterfalls should be flowing. What an epic combo – waterfalls & fall colors!

St. Cloud is in 25%-50% with some trees already dropping their leaves and some still in their greens. Minneapolis & St. Paul are in the 10-25% range, there should be some beautiful colors showing up as the week progresses. (Minneapolis and St. Paul are often a week slower in color change than the rest of the state!). 

I would love to meet up with you and your dog for some fall color dog photography! If not a session, at least get out and stroll amongst the colors. A great way to relish the tail end of the warm season. Plus your dog totally loves walks!

Time for Halloween! 🎃 Why not a whole month of ghosts and ghouls?

For us that means rocking a Halloween collar for Bender (Spooktacular from Atomic Collars) and oranges, purples, stripes and Halloween inspired colors and shirts for each day. (I found an epic shirt yesterday – the Wizard of Oz scarecrow, arms outstretched in classic zombie pose muttering… BRAINS! BWHAHAHAHAHA!)

Decorations for the house haven’t been put up yet, but they will be arriving soon. Costume will be a mummy, with the front of the house matching the tattered cloth. There are visions of cookies, haunted gingerbread houses and bloody cakes dancing in my head.  There are 27 days until Halloween!

Are you and your dog dressing up this Halloween?

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Enjoy your fall days, the vibrant colors and time with your dog. Catch you on Friday!

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The End of September

The end of September is on the horizon, merely a week away! That means we will be entering into full on fall – pumpkin spice and Pumpkins 🎃 galore! We’re planning on giving Halloween a full month of celebration (tis our favorite holiday!).

Fall leaf colors have edged forward quite rapidly in the past week.  From Paynesville to St. Cloud there are more and more trees popping into colorful displays.

BAM! St. Cloud has moved into the 25-50% of peak colors, Minneapolis is in the 10-25% range and full peak is creeping in from the north (the red bits).

Crazy how the leaves can change in the span of a week!

Today is… my sister’s birthday! She’s hitting the big 34! Happy birthday sister!

Plus today is National Cherries Jubilee Day!

Have you ever eaten Cherries Jubilee 🍒?

I haven’t! Though it’s been around since the late 1880s! Seems it is a sauce of cherries and liquor that goes well with a tasty vanilla ice cream.  (I’ve been on an ice cream making kick so an ice cream topping is perfect!).

Want to make your own?

Here’s a recipe from Saving Dessert:




  • Wash and pit the cherries (leave whole.) Place the cherries in a flameproof skillet large enough to fit the fruits in a single layer. Add the sugar and lemon juice and stir to combine. Cover the pan and heat on medium-low until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.
  • Uncover the pan and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook until the cherries are juicy and syrupy, about 5 minutes.
  • Slide the pan off the heat and add the Kirsch. Ignite the alcohol with a utility lighter or long fireplace match. Quickly move the skillet back onto the burner and gently shake and swirl until the flames subside, about 30-45 seconds.
  • Remove from the heat and serve immediately spooned over vanilla ice cream. Store any leftovers in a jar in the refrigerator.
  • ** if fresh cherries aren’t available you can substitute frozen ones

Have a lovely weekend! See you next Friday!


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Mid September

It’s fall, though the temps have us back to rocking flip flops and tank tops. We’re in favor of summer taking a slow stroll to transition into fall. 

Fall colors are beginning! It’s rather early (mid October is average central MN peak) which means October will be sporting spooky naked trees (all the better for Halloween!)

The North Shore is peaking (yellow to orange range is typically peak and best colors). If you get a chance, head up north this weekend and see the colors for yourself! St. Cloud and Minneapolis are still in the green, though by next week this could totally change! 

What happens if we miss the fall colors? Then we quest for golden grasses, pine trees or head inward to the city for some alleys and brickwork that stays classic year round. 

Atomic Collars is in progress of being relocated, a slow process but sewing and cutting will resume in the next week!

Today is National Apple Dumpling Day and National Monte Cristo Day! 

Monte Cristos…. drool! Totally not a dog friendly recipe (mega sweet!) and Apple Dumplings also fall into the too sweet for pups category. 

Instead opt for some Baked Apple Chips or Baked Apples!

Baked Apple Chips

Found on mybrownnewfies.com


  • 1 apple - Fuji, Pink Lady, Gala or Honeycrisp work well


  • Wash & dry apple.
  • Slice, remove core and seeds. Thinner slices will need less cooking time, thicker slices will need more cooking time.
  • Place apples on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour.
  • Flip and bake for an additional hour. The longer you bake them the crisper they will get!
  • Allow to fully cool in the oven. When the oven is cool, remove the crisps.
  • Enjoy! (You can eat them too!)


These should keep for up to a week in an airtight container. 
Keyword dog apple, dog apple crisps

Baked Apples for Dogs

Found on twolittlecavaliers.com


  • 2 apples - use ones good for baking (like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp or Braeburn)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • juice of half of a small lemon
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Peel and core apples.
  • Cut into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • In a small bowl, whisk honey, cinnamon and lemon juice together.
  • Dip apple slices into the honey mixture.
  • Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until apples are baked through and golden brown.
  • Cool and enjoy! (Yes you can eat them too!)


Will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
Keyword dog apple, dog baked apples

If you make them, let me know what your dogs think of them! 

Enjoy this lovely stretch of weather and keep an eye on those leaves! Catch you next Friday with the color update!

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September has rolled in!

Welcome to September!

School has arrived and completed a week, the air is beginning to shift to crisp and pumpkin spice has arrived to flavor everything it can. Fall formally arrives on September 22nd, though I’ve always considered fall to start in September.

With fall comes fall colors. 2 weeks ago in a trip up to the north shore there were trees that were starting to gain color. Because of the dry summer we’ve had we could have fall leaf colors much earlier than normal or we can end up with no colors at all!

Here’s where we are at: 

It’s beginning! Remember if you want to do the North Shore and waterfalls with fall color we’ll need to plan for mid to late September. Mid October is when St. Cloud peaks on average, while the end of October is when Minneapolis and St. Paul tend to peak. 

With the arrival of an ice cream maker attachment for my stand mixer, the inspiration that is ice cream has been high (I haven’t made a batch yet!). Normal ice cream isn’t good for dogs due to the amount of sugar in it. You can find dog friendly ice cream in grocery stores (Ben and Jerry’s makes a doggie ice cream!) or you can whip up a batch at home!

Try this recipe:

Peanut Butter & Jelly Ice Cream for Dogs!

Found on: https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/ice-cream-dogs/


  • 1 small ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (unsalted and smooth)
  • 1 cup natural plain yogurt (low fat, non fat)
  • 5 strawberries , pureed


  • Mash the banana well until smooth and no lumps.
  • Stir in the peanut butter, followed by the yogurt.
  • Mix until well combined.
  • Puree or mash the strawberries and fold them into peanut butter mix to create a swirl.
  • Pour the mixture into freezer safe air-tight containers and then freeze for a minimum of 4 hours but preferably overnight.
  • Ice cream will keep in the freezer up to 8 weeks! Yum!
Keyword dog ice cream

Don’t forget – weekday sessions will be available until October 18th with select weekends available into the fall.

2021 feels like a reset year for everyone, including About A Dog Photography. Aside from a few local sessions for an advertising arrangement, there haven’t been any sessions on the book for this year. I understand the rebuilding since covid and with photography (especially dog photography) being a luxury item that it isn’t in line with budgets at the moment. Don’t worry we aren’t going anywhere!

Additionally we’ve been funneling a ton of time and energy into Atomic Collars – from sewing to events every other weekend from May until the beginning of this month. Busy hardly covers how the summer went. 

If you were to improve, change, update or inspire About A Dog Photography what would you do?

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