Monthly Archives: April 2011

My bur oak branch in the spring

Is it really spring if you still pull the long johns out every morning and give them serious thought? Almost six weeks after my calendar declared spring sprung, my bur oak branch on the University of Minnesota campus has finally … Continue reading

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A whole world in a handful of sand

I’ve learned two things this week: 1. Plain brown sand is never as plain and brown as it looks. 2. You really can see a whole world in a grain of sand. A few weeks ago I collected a sample … Continue reading

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High water watch — second crest!

Great river watching this spring. The Mississippi at St. Anthony Falls reached its second crest this week — one cold snap and two weeks after its first crest. This is what 45,000 cubic feet per second looked like this morning: … Continue reading

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What land is this?

University Avenue SE, just east of its namesake, is an ordinary urban street. It has the expected mix of stoplights, restaurants, credit unions, and, well, a center for homicide research. That part, not ordinary. But if you turn on 30th … Continue reading

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High water watch #3

Ta-da! The Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls reached its first crest on Tuesday. For those of us just in it for the drama, it was a little disappointing. The crest was far below what flood forecasters had predicted. But … Continue reading

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