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January: The Dog Course

Song of the day: Bruce Cockburn, High Winds, White Sky

Today’s Phenology: Temperature hovering around freezing for the last several days, leading to minor snow melt and some ice in places. Sun is neglecting us. Landscape is varying shades of white. Foxes and/or coyotes spotted on neighborhood security cameras. Many bunny tracks in the yard. Eagle spotted riding the winds over the river, looking for dinner. Crows dominate the bare trees. A damp cold that creeps into your bones. Sunday evening always feels like sunday evening, a school night, the end of control over time. The clock is ticking.


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


under the elm at powderhorn park

 

Song of the day: Seals and Crofts, Summer Breeze


March Moon

Song of the day, Cat Stevens, Moonshadow


mid-march moon

Song of the day: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bad Moon Rising


tettegouche, where the river meets the lake

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


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


foggy morning, baptism river

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


west branch, baptism river, after the big rain

Song of the day: Cowboy Junkies, Blue Guitar


Tettegouche State Park, on the hike to Shovel Point, on a pretty nice day

Song of the day: Stranger Than Fiction, Wreckless Eric, Whole Wide World


on vacation

Song of the week: Talking Heads, This Must be the Place


Vermillion Falls, Hastings

Song of the day, Sister Rosetta Tharp, Didn’t it Rain


one from the archives, november 2008, maple leaf

Song of the Day, Randy Newman, Louisiana, 1927


early morning dog park

Song of the day: Neil Young, Out On the Weekend


One from the archives, fall, 2016, minnehaha creek

Fairport Convention, Who Knows Where the Time Goes


jungle cat

Song of the day: Dick Dale and the Del Tones, Misirlou


crossing the mighty minnehaha

Song of the day: Ralf Bendix, Minne Minnehaha


kingfishing

Yesterday’s Phenology: A much nicer day, cooler, 80s, and much less humid. Geese and egrets enjoying the pond in Maplewood.

Song of the day: Eric Burdon and The Animals, San Franciscan Nights


cherries in the wild

 

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another sunny day. High of 86, (3 above average.) Not a lot of wind, but a lot of sun, making for a thirsty day. A pretty quiet day, but for the occasional explosions.

Song of the day: John Prine, Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You into Heaven Anymore

 


down to the dog park, at coldwater spring

Yesterday’s Phenology: A sunny day. Oppressively so. With a bit of a headwind, if you’re biking in an easterly direction, unpleasant if you’re tired and on your way home and going up hill. The garden flourishes, though. Kale and lettuce, baby cucumbers on the vine, and raspberries soon to make an appearance.

Song of the day: Jerry Jeff Walker, Desperados Waiting for the Train

 


The Call of the Wild

Yesterday’s Phenology: A bit of a front moved through. Or something. Anyway it started raining in the early morning and rained most of the day. A good soaking.

Song of the day: Los Lobos, Will the Wolf Survive