A taste of spring hit the backyard as temperatures soared into the 60s the other day, and major amounts of snow melted. When I walked into the wetland beyond the backyard I was greeted with signs of life awakening after the long winter — like this tiny garden on a rotting log.
My Samsung phone has a magnifier, which is great for older folks who forget their reading glasses when they go out to a dimly lit restaurant. But I discovered another use for the magnifier the other day when I was trying to photograph moss with a telephoto — a bad idea because of the lack of depth of field.
I turned on the magnifier function, held the phone next to the moss as steadily as possible, pressed “capture”, and then saved the image. Wow — a super-sharp close-up with more magnification than the phone camera alone could produce.
A three day drenching after a long two-month rain drought turned our dehydrated deciduous forest into a dripping rainforest. Walking through Reservoir Woods the other day on a cool, but humid morning, I felt like I was in Tacoma, Washington instead of Minnesota. I hope the photos below can convey some of that scene.
Would Minnesota develop into temperate rainforest characteristic of the far northwestern coastal areas of North America (click here for a map of the global distribution of temperate rainforest)?
Most likely not. Average rainfall in MN is about 32 inches; average rainfall of a temperate rainforest is about 55 inches. Climate change models predict that the MN climate will become more like Kansas than Washington state — warmer and drier, not cooler and wetter.
But it was nice walking around, pretending for a day.
is skiing (cross-country) without a coat in MN in February, when the sun is out and is high enough in the sky to actually be warm.
Over the bridge, and through the woods, to see what I could see.
I made a few stops for photos on my 5 mile route, but even so, I can walk/run this trail in the summer much faster than I can ski it. But today, I was in no hurry to end this peaceful, perfect day.