Monthly Archives: January 2016

Solitude Not Sought

By Greg Lecker Overcast skies envelope the natural world this weekend in the Twin Cities. Though I see walkers, joggers, and cross-country skiers, the Arboretum seems a bit lonely today. The wind has drawn patterns on paths with fine snow. … Continue reading

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Frozen Finds

By Mary Beth Pottratz The ceiling of the Visitor Center is festooned with snowflakes edged in gold and silver, sparkling in the sunlight. It is a balmy 1⁰ this afternoon, but the wind chill is 19⁰ below. Bracing for cold, … Continue reading

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Finally Snow!

By Mary Beth Pottratz Large snowflakes fall silently in slow, straight drifts. There is almost no wind on this 32⁰ afternoon. A soft green lichen swells with snowmelt on wood. A pair of white-breasted nuthatches flirt and flit down branches. … Continue reading

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New Year’s First Day

By Greg Lecker Driving to the Arboretum, I am treated to a fiery red sunrise rippling under low stripes of clouds. However, just above these, overcast grayness caps the sky. I enter the Arboretum and hurriedly rush to capture a … Continue reading

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