“Give food to the birds, you will then be surrounded by the wings of love, you will be encompassed by the joys of little silent hearts! “— Mehmet Murat Ildan
To help us enjoy the long Minnesota winters as well as the warmer seasons, my wife and I fill our bird feeder daily. We also hang suet cakes in one or two trees.
Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius. — E. O. Wilson
The yellow-bellied marmot is a large ground squirrel. These rodents inhabit the mountains of the western United States and southwestern Canada.
These cute and chunky marmots can weigh up to 11 pounds. They can grow to 27 inches long.
Whenever I hike through the woods of Essex Park, a mile from home, northern cardinals seem to welcome me. At most any moment, one or two males sing to mark their territories.
Over the years, I have asked many people what their favorite season is. Ninety percent or more have answered fall. They describe the cool crisp air and the fall colors.
I appreciate all seasons, but spring and summer are my favorites. New life begins and old life renews in springtime. Summer continues the process through warmth, water, and sunshine.
Many birds live in Southeastern Minnesota year-round. But many more return each spring or pass through on their journeys northward.
This story features birds that I photographed near home starting in March. …
“Ah, yeah, yeah, I’ll do that, my little chickadee.” — Flower Belle Lee as played by Mae West in the 1940 movie, “My Little Chickadee”
My first sight of a pair of belted kingfishers last winter in Essex Park delighted me. The unique birds darted over the little creek that meanders through the park. They emitted a loud and continuous strident rattling sound as they flew.
Essex Park, two miles from my house in Rochester, Minnesota, is the home of the kingfisher pair. They live in a burrow high up in the bank of the creek.
A good thing happened on the way to the duck pond the other day. I spotted a beaver.
On most days, after breakfast, I ride my bike to a local park or pond. There, I hike and photograph birds. It has almost become a ritual.
Butterflies beautify our world as they flutter with elegance from blossom to blossom. Their four-stage insect life cycle fascinates us.
My wife and I recently traveled to Iowa to visit our son, a design student at Iowa State University in Ames. After we enjoyed our time with him, we traveled 35 miles south to Des Moines to spend the night.
We savored our mini-vacation in Des Moines, Iowa’s largest city. The sights and food surpassed our expectations.
Des Moines and Iowa are located within the Midwest region of the United States. The city was incorporated in 1861 and took its name from Fort Des Moines (1843–1846).
Des Moines is a walkable city. This article describes locations within a 1-mile by…
“On May 15, 1918, Henry Johnson became a legend,” — President Barack Obama
General George Washington, Sergeant Alvin York, Sergeant Audie Murphy, and General George S. Patton are known to many Americans as war heroes. But African-American soldier Sergeant Henry Johnson, who fought valiantly against German soldiers in the Argonne Forest of the Champagne region in France in World War I, was another great American hero.
Born William Henry Johnson in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on about August 15 in 1892, Johnson moved to Albany, New York as a teen. …