Posted by: greentangle | October 22, 2018

Chester Creek (Hiking in Duluth VI)

The subtitle is a bit of an inside joke, because Part V appeared back in 2009. Today was planned to be a bus ride to Marquette, but it’s been delayed due to numerous appointments and an upcoming procedure I hope will fix my clotty leg. So for some exercise and to get my mind off missing my vacation and my Marquette peeps, I decided to attempt the trail closest to me–an up and down on either side of one of the many creeks which descend through Duluth on their way to Lake Superior.

I used to hike this trail several times a week, but it has been years since the last time. I initially stopped hiking it mostly due to the large number of illegally unleashed dogs I encountered. I generally like dogs, but not when they’re charging me on a narrow trail which often has a 50 foot drop next to it.

It has a few steep sections and I wondered if I should take the hiking pole I’d bought at the Bozeman Walmart before I moved into Yellowstone. I didn’t, and quickly realized that was a mistake. I have a better pair of poles in mind to buy if I’m going to start doing this hiking thing again.

On to the photos.

An explosion of water.

No, I didn’t see the non-berry portion of this photo when I took it.

The walk wasn’t as easy as it used to be but the smell of the pines and the sound of the creek were refreshing.

Though the water is usually shallow, there are many falls along the way.

It’s not the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, but it’s lovely and a lot less crowded.

You know what time of year it is.

And the trail ends where it began, at a city street two blocks from my home, with a view of the Greatest Lake.

Posted by: greentangle | September 24, 2018

Not the Arboretum

About now, I had expected to post some photos from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a place I’ve never been. Unfortunately, I’ve got another clot in my leg and although they say it’s not as bad as last year’s, I was advised to not take part in a couple scheduled day trips I’d signed up for. And my planned late October vacation to Marquette depends on a couple future ultrasounds.

So today I took a short walk down to the Lake for some slow motion exercise.

Here’s a tree which is not in the arboretum, but seems to be having a productive year.

There are a variety of transportation options on the Lake.

Here you can insert the closeup photo I would have taken of a woodpecker if I’d had my camera out. Or just look at a distant eagle.

Another tree not at the Arboretum. Leaves are generally just starting to change color, but this tree is always way ahead of the rest.


Posted by: greentangle | September 15, 2018


I was semi-woken a few times during the night by the sights and sounds of thunderstorms. When I got outside, I could tell there must have been some heavy rain because there were piles of mud and gravel at hillside intersections (and on our back stairs leading up to the dirt alleyway, in part because an uphill neighbor across the alley paved a slope behind their building last week—I expect those stairs will be an icy experience this winter), and deep erosion ruts at the end of the block in that alleyway. The neighborhood creek was hidden but loud when I crossed above it.

I later read that we got almost 2 inches of rain, and that some nearby areas of the state got 5 inches. This occurrence of heavy downpours is becoming more common, with major flooding and damage often happening throughout the upper Midwest, whether in Houghton, MI this summer or Duluth in 2012.

The rain served as an example of the sad news this week which came from a report that Minnesota has been affected by climate change more than any state except Alaska. I’ve certainly noticed it myself even since I first moved here 17 years ago, with warmer temperatures in both summer and winter. This summer was about 3 degrees warmer than the historic normal.

The article taught me a new word—solastalgia, defined there as “a feeling of distress caused by climate change”. A little internet searching finds it being applied to other environmental causes of changes in places such as mining and clearcutting. I feel a bit of it around Duluth when I see big boxes where wooded areas used to be. If I still lived in my childhood home, I’d be deeply distressed by the absence of the fields and woods where I once roamed free as children today aren’t allowed to do.

Searching for more about solastalgia, I discovered this interesting article as well as discovering the interesting magazine Nautilus in which it appeared.

Posted by: greentangle | August 6, 2018

Flowers and Falls and All

Hung around the zoo today for a tiger feeding. I’m not allowed to post photos from that (no loss, I didn’t get any great ones anyway), but here are some from the hour I spent walking around while I was waiting.

This first group of flower shots are very similar but I like something different about each of them.

OK, time for some variety of flora and fauna.

Green tree python


And down the creek I go.


Posted by: greentangle | June 23, 2018

Nature Fest

I was scheduled to work today but I got a reprieve on the eve, so I decided to go to a couple outdoor events instead. I wound up passing through them quickly; the Rhubarb Fest where the coop was making drinks with pedal power, and the Park Point Art Fest which was crowded. But they were a good reason to do more walking and photographing than I’ve done lately.

Sections of the Lakewalk are still closed because of erosion as a result of storms in October and April. Latest estimate for repairs and improvements to cope with our new climate storms is $9 million, and because the work involves lots of regulations and funding and permits, the best case scenario is that the work won’t be complete until late next year. And we’ll hope for no more major Lake storms before then.

Meanwhile, the Lake is still brown from last weekend’s storm which killed a few people and washed out many roads in the UP and Wisconsin. According to the website of the bus company I use for my visits to the UP, I still can’t get there from here, as we used to say in New England.

And you may have heard Trump came to town. If you’re interested in my experiences with that, check in a few days (I haven’t written it yet).



Posted by: greentangle | May 20, 2018

Natural Hero and Ecocentrists

Here’s a 25 minute video about Edward Abbey, featuring a lot of his friends.

And notice of a scholarly book coming out in a couple weeks–The Ecocentrists: A History of Radical Environmentalism. Don’t know what the attitude will be or if it will add anything we don’t already know, but here’s what Publishers Weekly wrote about it.

Posted by: greentangle | May 2, 2018

More Old Photos

This was my favorite tree in Boston.

A few more favorite plants. I don’t have a good photo of Indian Pipe.

It makes me a bit sad that I spent so little of my life in fox squirrel range. I love their coloring. This one was rehabbing on a wine box.

Howling wolf.

How can you not love this face?

This is definitely the Porkies!

I always loved this juxtaposition. Neither of them is there now; I’m sorry only one is in prison.

Looking to sea.


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