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. With a light breeze, the air is colder than I had expected. The wind whispers…

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, I step outside into bright sunshine. Before my eyes adjust, a large bird with a…

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. Chickadees are everywhere, calling and chatting. I hear blue jays and crows in the distance….

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 few images before the sun disappears behind the cloud mask. The warmth of the sun…