July 14, 2014

Raising Butterflies

A couple of weeks ago Evie found a couple of caterpillars in our garden.

That first one is a monarch caterpillar. The second one is a painted lady.

I brought both inside the house and placed each one in its own jar, with food of course, so Evie could watch them form their chrysalises and eventually emerge as butterflies.

The painted lady emerged as a butterfly on Friday afternoon last week. We released it Saturday morning. The monarch emerged as a butterfly this morning. We will release it tomorrow. I contemplated letting it go today; however, the weather is less than ideal. It is chilly (in the low 60s), windy, and has been threatening to rain most of the day.

So, there will be more pictures coming (hopefully) when we let the monarch go. But here are pictures from the painted lady release. Evie stuck her hand in the jar with the butterfly, let it climb onto her hand, then happily admired the butterfly until it flew away. Hopefully we'll be able to repeat the process with the monarch.

July 6, 2014


A couple of days after the St. Croix River crested (in the last week of June) we drove over to the town of Stillwater to go take a look.


And we have some new blooms in the yard.

June 30, 2014

Minnehaha Falls After Four Inches of Rain

On the morning of Thursday, June 19th, we received about 4" of rain here in the Twin Cities. It broke a record for the most amount of rain recorded in one day. And June 2014 became one of the wettest Junes on record. Minnehaha Creek, a small creek which runs through parts of Minneapolis, immediately flooded. Rivers like the Mississippi and St. Croix took a little longer to crest. In fact, they reached their highest points late last week. We've gone out to check out some of the high water and flooding in our area, and we started with a trip to Minnehaha Falls on the Saturday after the big storms that dumped so much water.

We left early in the morning and it paid off. Not many people were around yet, allowing us to take our time looking at the falls and taking pictures.

We walked a little ways along the edge of the creek to a spot that is usually shallow enough for wading and playing in the water.

Evie liked standing on the bridges, watching the water as it rushed under. 

After the falls, we headed over to a nearby splash pad/wading pool. 

Again, since it was still early in the day, we got there before the crowds started showing up. For a little while, we had the place to ourselves.

 And here's one of our more recent blooms in the garden.

June 14, 2014

Maplewood Nature Center Hike

I took Evie for a short hike a few days ago. She insisted on packing a bag and bringing it with her. She carried it most of the way. Besides some water, she brought along her camera and a couple of stuffed animals.

After getting home from our hike, we hung around the yard for a bit, checking out what was in bloom.

June 9, 2014