Featuring personal photos of the Lake Minnetonka Area and things of interest to the author.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Minnehaha Creek is flowing!
Monday, April 25, 2016
A passing Prince - Paisley Park
The Sheriff of Carver County stood at the podium and answered questions from themdia about Prince. In a touching moment (I will paraphrase) he responded that he thought of Prince, not as a just rock star, but of him as a friend, a community member and a good citizen. He said this sincerely and with honest emotion.
I never new or really followed Prince too closely. As a creative person, I have admired him, and his loss is significant loss to Minnesota and the arts.
We drove by the endless stream of fans and admirers this weekend, and I just leaned out and took some photos in passing.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Excelsior is rated "cool"
One thing I have always thought is that if you tried to be cool you probably wouldn't be. But you can be engaging, involved, interesting, even exciting... and a whole range of other things. In the end Excelsior has a sense of self and yet it is changing.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Minnehaha Creek at the Burwell House
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Geese on the Pond
Pretty and pretty messy, geese. The dogs love to chase them.
"Canada geese are everywhere in Minnesota. From farm fields to golf courses.
IdentificationGeneral description: A large goose.
Length: 22 to 40 inches - wingspan is about 5 to 6 feet.
Weight: 2 to 18 pounds.
Color: Light brown with a white chin and a black neck, head, bill and feet.
Sounds: Various "honking" sounds.
ReproductionCanada geese mate for life, and both parents help raise the young. The mating season runs from March to April, after which eggs are laid. Hatching begins 25 to 30 days later. Baby geese (goslings), which are covered in yellowish down, leave the nest shortly after hatching.
FoodCanada geese eat aquatic plants, insects, grass, soybeans and other crops.
PredatorsMink, raccoons, great-horned owls, fox and dogs.
Habitat and rangeLakes, ponds, marshes and rivers. Many Canada geese stay in Minnesota throughout the winter, although some migrate south to any number of states. They breed statewide, but are most common in the western and southern portions of the state."
- Minnesota DNR
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Poke Carson's Bay
This serene scene was shattered unexpecteidley by the roatating blast of the Tornado Warning siren. Carson’s Bay at 6:15am.
“The sky was blue, and the moon was yellow, and the walls came tumblin down”
The siren took many residents by surprise.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Friday, April 08, 2016
The River Edge
Standing on the water's edge. Watching the river flow.
I thought to myself, what are the longest rivers in Minnesota? - and I found a DNR web site that listed them and the miles they covered within Minnesota. I went to 11 because, well, I just like the name "Rum River". From what I read, it earned its name when a Canadian trapper lost his precious cargo when overturned on this river. Myth or not it is fitting and .... well, Minnehaha Creek is also named after a fictional character from Longfellow.
1 Mississippi River 681.3
2 Red River 457.1
3 Minnesota River 370.6
4 Rainy River 292.1
5 Red Lake River 252.8
6 Bigfork River 220.7
7 St. Louis River 197.1
8 Otter Tail River 195.7
9 North Fork Crow River 178.3
10 Wild Rice River 173.5
11 Rum River 168.7
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Minnehaha Creek April 7, 2016 6:20am
Monday, April 04, 2016
Shorewood. The Hooded Merganser visits our Hood
Hooded Merganser in the pond
My National Geographic Bird guide led me to identifying it as a Hooded Merganser. This photo is with my wimpy 3X zoom, but it clearly shows the markings.