Overnight the ice broke on the St Croix river. A few weekends ago we confidently walked several yards out from shore here. Yikes! Today raccoon and crow tracks mark the sandy shore as eagles, geese and other birds fly above scanning the open water for food.
These dragonfly-esque bugs are called damselflies who thankfully eat mosquitoes like their broad winged cousin. But unlike the dragonfly, damselflies prefer to rest with their wings on the sides of their body. Hey as long as they eat mosquitoes – wings out, wings in whatever works!
There’s nothing like spring rain to clean things up after a long winter. Mother nature doesn’t care if it’s an April or May shower both will replace winter’s gray browns with the green of summer.
Our last bit of snow melted with an overnight rain and a fog formed over the pond this morning where spring peepers call continuously to attract mates.
..auf wiedersehen, adieu to winter. Ice on smaller ponds has melted with just a patchwork here and there on deeper Metro lakes. 70 degrees and sunny tomorrow should finally put an end to six months of the frozen stuff.
A wide view of the St Croix river valley from a perch above downtown Stillwater. Spring yes but single digit temps at night keep the river frozen and ice-covered. 130 years ago back in 1884 logs spanned across the river as red and white pine from northern Minnesota and Wisconsin made their way down to sawmills in towns like St Croix Falls, Stillwater and Hudson (National Park Service photo).