Schaar’s Bluff – November 2016

And another better late than never photoblog. While in Minnesota we hiked one of my favorite trails as a kid, Schaar’s Bluff, located within Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings. Park of the hiking trail runs along a bluff with views of one of the widest points of the entire Mississippi River. Continue reading

Blue Mounds State Park – November 2016

My better late than never photoblog on Blue Mounds State Park, visited back in November.

Blue Mounds State Park is located in the southwestern corner of Minnesota, near the city of Luverne (hometown of National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg!) A huge feature in the park is a 100 foot Sioux quartzite cliff rising from the open prairie. The cliff appeared blue to settlers going west in the 1860s and 1870s, which is how the park got it’s name.

At the Mound’s southern end is a 1,250 foot line of rocks aligned in a east-west direction. Who built it and why is unknown, but on the first day of spring and fall the sunrise and sunset are lined up on this stone alignment.

There is also a small herd of bison living within the park boundaries. Local rumors say that the Plains Indians used to stampede the bison off of the park’s cliff, though no evidence exists today to prove this claim. Sadly I did not see any of the park’s bison on my visit.

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Reptile Gardens – August 2016

Had a great time visiting Reptile Gardens last week. Love their bird show! I was also very lucky and was in the dome as they were feeding the snake collection. After watching the keeper dodge two black mambas as they lunged at him I don’t envy that job at all. That being said, I do have a couple photos of snakes going to town on mice/rats, so if that’s not your thing proceed with caution.

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