Nature changes over the years. There are places along the North Shore where there are patches of dying birches being replaced by brush and grass. The landscape has changed by logging, fires, disease, and development of homesteads, lodges, townhouses and roads. Because of these changes that have occurred over the centuries, the North Shore Forest Collaborative, which includes local landowners, public land managers, and nonprofit conservation groups, is trying to plan and plant the forest of the future. (Credit: Minnesota Conservation Volunteer: New Vision for the North Shore)
The birch above is a healthy tree on a relative's property located midway between Lutsen and Grand Marais.
Today I am beginning my career as a volunteer interpreter in the Ordway Gardens at Como Park in St. Paul. This area includes the Japanese Garden and the Pavilion and Terrace for the collection of Bonsai Trees.
I am thrilled to be a part of this Como Park volunteer program because Como, which is one of the few FREE parks and zoos in our country, is a gem in our city.
The Bonsai collection is fantastic.
I'll occasionally give you a few lessons: In Japanese, bonsai literally means "tree planting" or "tree in a pot." Generally an overall Bonsai shape should be a triangle with unequal sides with a rounded top.
The English Ivy is a formal upright with a straight truck from the base to the top but the other two are informal uprights with trunks that have gentle curves.
Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark's construction. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Splitrock Light Station soon became one of Minnesota's best known landmarks. Restored to its 1920's appearance, the light station offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular setting.