A morning routine for Joyce Stuewe, of Waconia, includes waking up, brewing coffee and sitting outside on her front porch. That’s exactly what Stuewe was doing the morning she captured a picture of the big maple tree in her front yard covered with fall leaves.
“It was two Octobers ago, and the leaves were just starting to turn that beautiful color of red and orange,” Stuewe says. “I just had to take a picture.”
The tree faces east and is the only big maple standing by itself in the middle of the Stuewes’ yard. It stands on the family farm where she now lives, planted sometime after her childhood on the farm and before she and her husband, David, returned to live there.
“It’s such a treat to me that I can just sit on our deck, have my coffee, have my quiet time, and see that tree with the beautiful light colors beaming from it,” she says.
Since taking the photo of the maple tree with her digital camera, Stuewe has taken more photos and even made greeting cards with pictures she’s taken.
“It’s somewhat of a hobby, we have eight grandkids and I take a lot of pictures of them,” Stuewe says.
“Autumn Joy,” the photo Stuewe captured, is now in her family photo book, which she made for Christmas.
Aside from taking pictures and spending time with her eight grandchildren, Stuewe enjoys gardening.
“I have seven themed gardens, which I will spend all my time in,” Stuewe says. “I finish up my day when I have no more daylight.”