fall, autumn

Kestrel

 

Song of the day: Grateful Dead, Bird Song

Today’s Phenology: Gray start to the day. Then some sun. Then more gray. Freezing rain in the morning. Winter rules.


autumn drama

Song of the day, Nina Simone, Wild is the Wind

Phenological note: December thaw. 47 degrees today? Expect to see people out in their bermuda shorts and flip-flops. Our snow cover will be rapidly diminishing, and the ice houses out on Lake Pepin make me worry. I noticed that yesterday was a bit longer than the day before, so things are looking up, and the optimists among us consider December 22nd as the first true day of spring. Can baseball be far behind?


yet another north shore sunrise

Song of the day, Bruce Cockburn, Wondering Where the Lions Are


small wonders

song of the day, Beethoven 9, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti


Parliament

Song of the day, George Harrison, the Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp

Today’s Pheonological Note:

Today’s Winter Storm Warning is bringing a day of snoraileet: snow, rain and sleet. Not a very good day for biking, alas. A very good day for bourbon and pie-baking, though. Winter officially began this year on the day before Thanksgiving, (known here traditionally as Wednesday,) when we got about 8 inches of wet snow, the kind known locally as “old shovelsticker.” Now that the snow is here, the big Maple in the front yard has commenced with the leaf drop. Bunny tracks are found in the new snow this morning, along with the less distinctive tracks of the Amazon delivery guy who dropped my package on the porch steps sometime late yesterday, where it sat in the cold and the dark all night long.


sunny start

Song of the day, Sly and the Family Stone, Everybody is a Star

Phenology note: dark these days. And cold. This time of year, water will freeze solid if left outdoors unattended.


A superior sunrise – september

Life is good on the North Shore.

Song of the day, Ravi Shankar & Yehudi Menuhin, Prabhati


Record Stores of the Twin Cities: Vintage Music Co, Minneapolis

 

Song of the day, Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson, Sixth Avenue Express


End of the Season, St. Paul Saints, last home game of 2017

Song of the day:Louis Armstrong, When the Saints Go Marchin’ In


morning glory, fall 2017

Song of the day: Sly and the family Stone, Everybody is a Star


2018 arrives

Song of the day: The Beatles, Two of Us


adios, 2017

Song of the day: Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, Auld Lang Syne


tettegouche, where the river meets the lake

Song of the day: Warrior Meditation, Shakuhachi and the Sea


there are wild things in them woods

Song of the day: The Troggs, Wild Thing


north woods, september, near finland, mn

Song of the day: Grieg, In the Hall of the Mountain King


Lake Superior, Grand Marais

 

Song of the day: The Arcs, Lake Superior


shore, lake superior, september

Song of the day: David Essex, Rock On

 


foggy morning, baptism river

Song of the day: James Taylor, Something in the way she moves


happy halloween!

Song of the afternoon, Mike Oldfield, Tubular Bells


happy halloween!

Song of the day, Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet, Dracula

 


Grand Marais

Song of the day: Beach Boys, Sloop John B.


Baptism

Song of the day: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, So What


west branch, baptism river, after the big rain

Song of the day: Cowboy Junkies, Blue Guitar


the Baptism River, in Tettegouche State Park

 

Song of the day: the Commitments, Try a Little Tenderness