Monthly Archives: June 2011

My bur oak branch at the summer solstice

I’m sending out this post on the summer solstice. This is the sun’s day to shine! Well, maybe not much in southeast Minneapolis, but still, this is the day of the year with the most daylight hours and the fewest … Continue reading

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How much do you want for that hat?

I met David Wiggins at the east end of the Stone Arch Bridge the other day. David is a genuine article National Park Service ranger for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. We were going to talk about rocks, … Continue reading

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Blast of winter followed by blast of heat

By late afternoon on Tuesday I wasn’t in a forgiving mood. Didn’t we just emerge from a seven-month winter? And now, in early June, it was 102 degrees. The sky color was Brownish Haze, my mood, Brownish Grim. After all … Continue reading

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Our horseshoe dam might need a little luck

Speaking of geometry… not all dams are straight like this slapped-together beaver dam, and this monster dam in China. Some dams break that mold. Take a look at this angular, horseshoe-shaped dam below the Third Avenue Bridge on the Mississippi … Continue reading

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