exploring our amazing natural spaces

Archive for February, 2015

Just bluffing

Probably since humans could think to draw or write there’s been “graffiti” carved into the sandstone bluffs above the St Croix. Eventually these designs like those that came before will be washed away by water and time to leave a clean palette for the next generation looking to leave their mark.

sandstone art exhibitSt Croix bluff

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Open water swim

About a dozen waterfowl including a swan pair took advantage of a sunny 30 degree day to swim in open water on the St Croix river just north of Stillwater.

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Winter hues

Wind blows our brief snow around the lake exposing open patches of colored ice. The green and blue hues are hard to see depending on the light but worth the effort to view nature’s true colors.

fractured iceSorels on the lake


Snow waves

There’s not much snow this year and the light fluff that fell this week has blown across the lake forming beautiful snow waves. I was able to ski the entire lake today on these striations of powder making sure to dodge all the abandoned ice fishing holes. wind blown snow

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Year round construction

A walk on the frozen St Croix this morning shows construction of the new bridge near Stillwater is in full swing. Views up and down the valley from the top of these bridge footings must be amazing although I’m happy to see the sights from this lower ground level perspective!

bridge over St Croix River 2015