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Until later…

Dear Bridge Number 9 readers, A book project on the wild and wacky North Dakota oil boom (see photo below) is taking me away from my neighborhood musings for now. I hope to return to Bridge 9 in the near … Continue reading

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The Stone Arch Bridge botanical garden

When James J. Hill finished his spectacular stone arch bridge across the Mississippi River in 1883, a writer for the Minneapolis Tribune declared the bridge “more solid than the ground itself.” Those newspaper writers — they get so excited. The … Continue reading

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R.I.P., bur oak branch

Gone! My bur oak branch has been lopped off. Here’s the same shot in February 2011, which is when I started tracking the seasons by following this low-hanging branch on the University of Minnesota campus: I had just signed off … Continue reading

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Viva los robles!

This post is a fond goodbye to my bur oak branch. I photographed its dormant buds last February and marveled at its brand-new bulging buds in April and its robust growth in June. I witnessed the aftermath of insects feasting … Continue reading

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Who’s eating the local fruit?

It’s not quite winter, but we’re well into the Dark Season, a reference to the tough electromagnetic spot we find ourselves in every year because of our planet’s axial tilt. I also think of it as the Gray Season, no … Continue reading

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It’s dog-eat-dog on my bur oak branch

Last month I ran a photo of a mysterious black band on the bur oak branch I’ve been following since February. A state scientist helped me identify the band as a batch of eggs laid by an unidentified moth. Here’s … Continue reading

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Somebody laid eggs on my bur oak branch

I’m tracking the passage of the seasons by following a branch on a stately old bur oak at the University of Minnesota. The season hasn’t changed, of course. It’s still summer, and, in fact, the temperature in my neighborhood probably … Continue reading

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Beaver building a house — live action!

The list of those who work the Mississippi River as it flows through Minneapolis is much shorter today than it used to be. Fewer tugboat captains, fewer deckhands. But beavers, those riparian workaholics, are still at it. I first saw … Continue reading

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What’s blooming in the urban prairie patch?

Almost every day, I get a tiny dose of prairieĀ  in the middle of the city. The Sixth Avenue Greenway, just a few blocks from the Mississippi River, looks a little unruly and neglected this time of year, but it’s … Continue reading

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Rickety-chimney chimney swifts

The Soap Factory‘s rickety chimney didn’t win my Rickety Chimney Contest but it probably should have. Soap Factory with downtown Minneapolis in the background It has a crack running down the length of it and it’s been hit by lightning … Continue reading

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