Archive for the ‘Minnesota’ Category

Vacation time

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So for most of the last week, this is where I was, northern Minnesota or what I like to call heaven. It seems like every sunset we see up there is different. This year though, we also went up to Winnipeg, Canada and I must say we had a great time up there too. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of our time there. I’ll have to ask my daughter if she has any. I was busy just enjoying the moments.

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Green Librarian

Big cat country up north

I must admit when I first read this article, I was a little surprised to learn that the fact that someone spotting two cougars or mountain lions is rare. I guess I just kind of assumed (I know, I know…) that the range for big cats is rather broad.

Anyway, you can learn more about the eye-witness account in the article “Cougar pair spotted fighting in northern Minnesota” by Dave Orrick over at the Bismarck Tribune. Pretty cool if you ask me. Ecosystems are healthiest when they are complete.

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Green Librarian

North Shore

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This is the view on Lake Superior up in Two Harbors, Minnesota. I think I’ll let the picture from our family vaction say the rest.

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Green Librarian

 

Up north

This article that has been sitting around here for quite a while now, in part because articles from the Wall Street Journal usually require one to log in,  is in fact now very timely on this late warm evening. It’s about a gentleman who proposes to sit on his dock for an entire day and watch the day go by.

As I read it, I realized it’s very similar to our family cabin up north, where the kids and I are presently planning to go in a couple of weeks. The most familiar of the players in this story are the loons, one of our neighbors on the lake. It doesn’t hurt that this article doesn’t require one to log in either.

The article is entitled “Every Chirp You Make, I’ll Be Watching You: In nature, something’s always happening” by Ned Crabb. I can’t wait to get going. Some things are just meant to be.

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Green Librarian

Heading north to the great lakes

So now that I’ve been to Duluth, Minnesota I guess I have a connection to the great lakes, at least that’s what I’m telling myself. I came across this article in the New York Times the other day on Lake Michigan entitled “Waukesha Plan for Lake Michigan Water Raises Worries” by Monica Davey.

Meanwhile, I saw this article over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch entitled “Duluth: Small-town feel; big-town attractions” by Amy Bertrand. I’m thinking this is a sign that we should go again. As much as we saw, there is definitely more to do.

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Green Librarian

The beauty of blue

I came across this piece of art a few minutes ago over at Yahoo and it inspired me to post it again. I hope it inspires other to see the beauty in all of water, be it oceans, lakes, ponds and rivers.The article is entitled “Giant Bouquet of 10,000 Flowers Is Blooming in the Middle of the Ocean” by Kelly Phillips Badal.

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Now while my picture pales in comparison to the beauty of the artwork by Azuma Makoto, I took my picture this summer when the kids and I went to Duluth and got the chance to see Lake Superior. I think we maybe going again!

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Green Librarian

 

Last night and last week

When I read this article tonight, I was reminded of both last night and last week. Last night because we had some storms roll through that while we didn’t get the brunt of them, I was amazed at how much change lightning can produce.

Last week I read an article to my kids before our trip to Minnesota entitled “50 Crazy-Wonderful Things about the Earth (and Its Creatures) to Be Grateful for!” from Maria Rodale and number one was that there are 8.6 million lightning strikes in a day (and when lightning strikes, the air around it gets five times hotter than the sun!).

This article showed me just how much of an affect lightning can have. The article is entitled “Lightning Can Warp Rocks at Their Core” by Elizabeth Goldbaum at LiveScience. How cool (or hot) is that!

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Green Librarian

P.S. While this isn’t a rock that was struck by lightning, at least I don’t think so, I just like how it has holes in it (courtesy of the lake at our cabin in Minnesota).

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