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T-Shirts and Shorts

I look out the window and see people running in t-shirts and shorts, sweaters tied around their shoulders, no longer needed.  And it’s only mid-morning.

I stroll downtown and hear the growl and roar of over-large motorcycles, a curse on our small river town and a sign of spring.

I guess it must be spring ’cause my windows are wide open. and will probably remain so until November.  But that’s too far in the future to worry about.

In fact, why worry about anything but today.

In fact, why worry at all?  Alfred E. Neuman* wouldn’t.


*  fictitious mascot and cover boy of Mad, an American humor  and satire magazine

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Stumbling Around In the Woods

Trail On the Ridge

Trail On the Ridge

I wrote this post a year ago, March 21, 2016.  For some reason, I forgot to publish it.  Better late than never.

I went to the Wind In the Pines Nature Park yesterday.  As has happened before in the park, I was unable to follow the trails.  The trail map in the parking lot showed that to follow the route I chose, I should go left at the first fork and left again at the next T-intersection.  I didn’t find either of those things before coming to the end of the trail.  I tried to follow what seemed an obvious alternative.  The alternative was a very faint trail, but judging by the terrain I thought I was at least in the right area.  The trail faded in and out but I was always able to find some sort of trail, sometimes very faint.  I eventually came to an easy-to-follow trail marked by stone cairns.

Lo and behold, I came out in a different parking lot in a different natural and scientific area that I never knew existed.  That explains why so many signs I saw were facing the wrong direction.  The area I stumbled upon is the Falls Creek State Natural Area managed by the Minnesota DNR.  By the end of my hike, I hadn’t taken very many steps, but I ended the days with around 40 floors of vertical movement according to my Fitbit, most of it in crossing and re-crossing what I think was the same gulch in the forest, one that carried a very nice, small stream.

Most of the better photos I took were of small things.  I was often on my hands and knees or sitting to get close to the subject.

 

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Landscape Challenge

This week’s The Daily Post challenge is Landscape.  Here is my landscape shot.

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A Raw Spring Day

 

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