a way to the sea

We may not have a coast here in the upper midwest but we aren’t exactly landlocked. The Mississippi River, so elemental to our very being, connects us. To humble origins. To every river town along the way. To dear friends down stream.  And, eventually, to the rhythm of the tides.

It’s kind of like having a good friend who lives so far away that you almost never see them. It’s still good to know they are out there.

og071315_mississippi-river-wave190/365: mississippi wave

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dispatch from up north

Since I have a lot of catching up to do, I decided to break with form and put all my daily photos from our week at the lake into a single post (mainly to spare my email subscribers a total barrage of Terra).

We had a great time, as always. Memories were made, wildlife witnessed, great food consumed. Cold beer, boat rides, fishing, a grand parade. It was pretty much everything you could want from a week at the cabin (except, maybe, another week).

blog070315_rocco@the-lake180/365: rocco, nearly 10 months (happy dog)

blog070415_s&z_boat181/365: goofballs (sawyer & zola on the boat)

blog070515_bubbles-july-fourth-parade182/365: bubbles, side lake 4th of july parade

070615_wild-daisies183/365: wild daisies @ the sand pit

blog070715_luna-wolf-center184/365: luna, international wolf center, ely, mn

blog070715_bobber-pickerel-lake185/365: bobber, pickerel lake

blog070915_birch-bark186/365: birch bark

hot & cold

We were seeking the warmth of tropical air inside the Conservatory, the heady perfume of the sunken garden, and the comforting scent of damp soil. But then the polar bears drew us in with the sheer exuberance of their icy swimming and the joyous clouds of steamy breath rising into the arctic air.

blog021515_polarbear46/365: bear with bubbles

from Como Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul, MN