My Dinosaur Swamp

Pickerel Slough, Red Wing, Minnesota – July, 2003 Fluffy willow seeds drift like snow through the muggy summer air, alighting atop the chocolate-brown surface of Pickerel Slough. My once-white socks are sopping wet and an accretion of stinky black muck smothers my tennis shoes. Gnats swarm my face as I kneel in the spongy mud […]

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Spring Trout Fever

Hay Creek, Red Wing, Minnesota – April, 2003 The air is chilly but the sun is shining bright in a clear blue sky this early April morning. I toss on a Minnesota Twins cap, slide polarized sunglasses over my prescription glasses and wiggle into my fishing vest, which contains a multitude of pockets holding a […]

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Chasing Flags

Frontenac Pond, Frontenac, Minnesota – January, 1996 From the living room futon I groggily open my eyes and see Dad in the kitchen, making strong coffee under the dim yellow glow of the oven hood light. It is early, and it is dark and cold outside, but we are going ice fishing so I get […]

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A Mixed Bag

Cannon River, Red Wing, Minnesota – April, 1995 Warm air wafts in through an open window, laden with the year’s first fresh smells of cut grass, the chirping of birds and the cheerful voices of children playing outside. It’s a t-shirt and shorts sort of day and I am buzzing with excitement to head to […]

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