Monday, October 17, 2016

Under the bridge

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Sunday, October 09, 2016

The Minnehaha Steamboat seasonal retirement.

37 degrees and a light frost was on the ground.
I ran along the trail Saturday at sunrise, about 7:30 am. The sun had not cleared the treeline to light the clay trail. I looked to my right and saw the Minnehaha sitting on a trailer ready to be stored for the winter. Winter. I took a mental note to come back after my run and take photos of the mustard yellow icon of the lake. Then I forgot all about it.

Later, I reviewed my notes. I returned today and waited semi-patiently for the sun to clear the trees and illuminate the ship. It is rare that I can get around and under the ship to examine it in good light. The sky was blue but windows seemed cloudy.

Oh, I have a book on the restoration for reference.

Monday, October 03, 2016

After the Ryder Cup

Gideons' Bay late Sunday evening.

A quiet scene after a tumulteous weekend in the wake of the Ryder Cup. One of the most successful events I have seen - my vantage point was the Tv screen,
The street of Excelsior teamed with festivities and happy people. The weather was magnificent. But, I felt the door of summer gently close.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Sunrise on the Trail

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A delicate balance.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Dark Shores on St. Alban's (9 pm)

Dark shores - St. Albans Bay

on another note:

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

"High Water Update:

As expected, Wednesday’s rain boosted water levels on Minnehaha Creek and Lake Minnetonka, causing localized flooding in some places. On Monday, we lowered the discharge of water into the creek to make room for the rain and runoff. As the creek recedes, we have increased the dam discharge to continue drawing down the lake before winter. High creek flows are expected for the rest of the season."

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Apple Days 5K 2016

After watching the start of the Apple Days 5k on Water Street, I proceeded to the finish line. It is located on the Lake Minnetonka trail- just short of Water street. The last 200 yards are clay trail enid on a paved surface.I did not catch the winning time. but it was a lone, unchallenged runner finishing around 16 minutes.

The first photo is of him as he flew by me.....

Monday, September 05, 2016

Summer rains, strains before Autumn claims

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wood Duck houses along the trail

 I stopped by the trail in daylight to see what I miss while running at 4:30am.  A pond I pass, usually lit by moonlight, had these little structures. I crawled down the edge of the trail to take this shot, only to scare away all the ducks. However mosquitos greeted me heartily.

From Ducks Unlimited:

"In precolonial times, the wood duck was likely the most abundant waterfowl species in eastern North America. Unfortunately, their distribution within densely settled regions made them readily accessible to market hunters throughout the year. Overharvesting, coupled with the destruction of bottomland habitats, drove these colorful birds to the brink of extinction by the early 20th century. The dramatic rebound of wood duck populations since that time can be largely attributed to protection provided by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. However, the recovery of the wood duck was also assisted by the advent of artificial nesting structures, or wood duck boxes."