Posted by: greentangle | January 13, 2022

Winter Lake 2

There aren’t many photos of the actual Lake in this one, but a couple days with very different temperatures, surroundings, and some transitions.

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When I took these photos, it was -15 F with a wind chill of -36.

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I could manage about a dozen photos at a time before the pain in my fingers made clear that I needed to get out of the cold. I only needed to walk through a small park and over a snow-covered wooden pedestrian bridge which was shrieking from the cold with each step, and across a street to get back to where I live now. On one of my warming breaks I took some photos of the lobby.

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Not my style at all, but its proximity to the Lake is its redeeming feature for me. Given the choice, I’d rather be living in something like The Outermost House but you need to be a millionaire to have a shack like that these days. Maybe I’ll wind up in a tent by the water someday.

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Cold as it was, all the ice in the Lake in the last post was gone. Until it gets locked in place, wind can send it away from shore as early ice fisherpeople rediscover every year.

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It was 30 degrees today, much warmer than anything in the two week forecast.

I took some photos of the Chief Buffalo Memorial being painted along stairs and ramps to the Lake. I’ve read that it will be completed in the spring. Here’s some more info about it: https://duluthreader.com/articles/2021/09/17/119444-chief-buffalo-memorial-mural-painting-kicks-off

A couple of my favorite sections.

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I’d only headed out to take a quick look for photos because I already had my boots on after a couple morning errands. But I saw there was a ship coming in, and since the season ends in a couple days, I headed to the canal.

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I don’t usually take photos of strangers, but this was my favorite member of the crowd.

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Posted by: greentangle | January 8, 2022

Winter Lake 1

I see that photos in some old posts aren’t displaying correctly although they were originally. Not sure what’s going on, but maybe it’s time to go back to Blogger.

My plantar fasciitis is acting up again so I won’t be doing any hiking any time soon. I’ll just take Lake photos and post when I have a batch I like. I’ll keep them in chronological order so you can see the changes as winter passes.

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When the air temperature gets much colder, usually below zero, than the water, we get some great scenes of sea smoke.

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Usually I take photos in the morning, but on this afternoon I saw from my window that large plates of snow-covered ice were splitting up which is a scene that I love. By the time I got dressed and over there, they’d drifted apart and away from shore too far to get the kind of photos I wanted. But turning around, I found a prelude to an urban sunset which I liked.

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It was a warm 15 degrees when I took the next photos after a couple days with highs around zero, and two more cold days to follow. I missed a fantastic opportunity yesterday morning with lots of sea smoke, a red sun a little above the horizon, and a ship coming in, but it was -17 with a -35 wind chill and I knew the ship would be gone by the time I got there.

Pancakes! Another of my favorite ice scenes.

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A few days of sun and highs around 30 forecast late this week–we’ll see if that puts us back to the starting point as far as ice accumulation.

Posted by: greentangle | December 24, 2021

Neighborhood Tourist

It was abnormally warm (i.e., above freezing) this morning which, among other things, meant it was a good time to cross the street and play tourist.

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Here you can see the new hospital being built, almost complete on the exterior now, and how it towers over the neighborhood including the erstwhile luxury hotel on the left of the photo, where I now live. It looks like a nice enough building, but I hate its location and that its height dominates the skyline and blocks a view of the Lake for many people. Maybe if I die there, I’ll be glad of the view, but I’d rather just die on the shore itself. In between is a hotel/luxury condo building which wasn’t there when I first moved to town. I chose this particular photo for the gull.

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Here’s the peregrine falcon nest box on my building.

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This is too low to be seen in the earlier photo, but this is where I used to stay when I was first visiting town looking for an apartment which would allow my cat Hijack. The rooms had more walls then. This space is going to be turned into another luxury tower. And three businesses almost across the street from me, including a convenient Chinese restaurant, are soon to be demolished by an out-of-state owner to put up, I kid you not, a parking lot.

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The motel where I’d sometimes stay during breaks from working in Yellowstone is also no longer operating, but is now being used for homeless housing. These are your options here.

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Posted by: greentangle | December 16, 2021

If You’re Going . . . , Be Sure to Wear Heavy Hats on Your Hair

 

Dense fog yesterday, along with the hills and big water, the reasons why this place has been referred to as the San Francisco of the Midwest. We’ve got a famous bridge too. Certainly not the cuisine or culture though.

A stranger complained about the fog to me, and I said I liked it and would always take it over 80 or 90 degrees. Later I pointed my camera in different directions for a joke I didn’t bother posting.

Thunderstorms here last night while farther south the state was having hurricane-force winds and its first ever December tornado.

20′ waves forecast on the Lake, an Edmund Fitzgerald-type scenario.

Snowing this morning.

And this is the place currently being touted as a climate refuge. Stay home.

 

Posted by: greentangle | December 14, 2021

A Quick Walk on a Warm White Day

Was I biting off more than I could chew?

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This might have been a good photo if one of us had been facing the other way.

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Posted by: greentangle | November 15, 2021

Vultures

Vultures of the World by Keith Bildstein, to be published March 2022

It was interesting to me that the book was inspired by a visit to a raptor migration site, because I live a few miles from a different site where a couple thousand turkey vultures are counted in spring and fall migrations.

Each of the 23 vulture species has a section including descriptions and basics of life to the extent known, as well as their endangered status. There are general chapters on basic ecology, pair formation and reproduction, food location and feeding behavior, movement and social behaviors, and how vultures and humans affect each other. Each section ends with a recap of its main points.

There is plentiful information on turkey vultures (the most common vulture in the U.S. and easily identifiable when flying) and black vultures and California condors since they’re most studied species. But did you know there’s also a vulture which does not eat mostly meat? It’s the palm-nut vulture! Or that vultures are not banded in North America because of their practice of defecating on their legs (for cooling and/or antiseptic reasons)? Or that sky burials in parts of Asia involve vultures eating human corpses (I’ve always wanted my body to become food for wildlife)? There are many of these fascinating facts in the book.

The major threats to vultures are loss of habitat, feeding off poisoned animals (deliberately killed wildlife, pesticides, lead ammunition, veterinary drugs, etc.), and being shot or otherwise deliberately targeted. Additional problems include trash, electricity, aircraft, climate change. Yes, as for most animals, the biggest threat is people.

The book concludes with a lengthy glossary, references, and index. 23 color photos to be included in the finished book were not part of the advance copy, but I assume there is one for each of the vulture species. The book is written more for the general public than most books of its type, and is thus more enjoyable while still presenting the facts.

Thanks to Cornell University Press and NetGalley for an advance copy to review.

In the spirit of vulture recycling, I’ll include a couple turkey vulture photos taken at the Bozeman REI ten years ago.

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Posted by: greentangle | November 9, 2021

Cranky

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Gotta run.

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