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Scene Through A Lens

Posted at 6:00 AM on June 1, 2010 by Dale Connelly (30 Comments)
Filed under: Guest Bloggers

It's a group Guest Blog day today.

tim made a suggestion on Friday that Trial Balloon readers take a picture over the three day weekend to share with everyone. Excellent idea!
Here are the replies.


2_Donna 2 Jackson Cemetary.jpg

This is the war memorial at Sunset Cemetery in Jackson, MN. This cemetery and two others are on either side of hwy 71 on the south edge of town, which is the road I usually take, once I exit I-90, when I visit my parents. As far as cemeteries go, Jackson's are very pleasant to look at.

Barb in Blackhoof:
Barb 1 fungus.jpg

We walked with our local naturalist friend on saturday, and he found a dead tree with this beautiful sulfur fungus called "chicken of the woods".

Such striking colors in the late afternoon sun.


This picture is Saturday morning fieldwork with our home / farm in the background.


2_Joanne 1 tomatos .jpg

I am a sloth - but I did manage to plant 4 heirloom tomatoes and 2 heirloom pepper plants in my wonderful Earth Boxes. Taa Daa!
I am not a gardener, but using the Earth Boxes makes it quick, easy and I get great results with very little effort. Perfect!

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We moved through Saturday and Sunday with a huge collection of morning cloak caterpillars (about 20, now in their cocoons in our bug house), including a very friendly butterfly who came for a visit in our yard.

Thanks to our photo-correspondents.

Even if you didn't take the picture, what image sticks in your mind from the Memorial Day weekend?

Comments (30)

Morning Heartlanders. I had a four-day weekend and decided to take a break from the computer... so didn't know I had an assignment! It was a glorious weekend with lots of good memories, but my favorite is from yesterday afternoon. The teenager and I sat in the backyard for about an hour, each reading a book. At one point I looked up and she had a dog laying on each side of her chair while she read. Big happy sigh!

Posted by sherrilee | June 1, 2010 6:08 AM

i have a vivid reminder of the weekend - my back is aching! ha, ha! Dreamy was particularly challenging when i trimmed her hooves on saturday and then the digging and planting kind of cinched the deal. weather was great - no rain. grrrrr.
good tuesday to you All
welcome back, Dale.

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | June 1, 2010 6:10 AM

nice pictures. pretty mushroom, ben looks like i envisioned it. i love flutterbyes, nice pic joanne. glad you got to enjoy the sunshine. i had you pctured selling vitamins all weekend, this fixes it.
i had the whole fam damily home for the first time in a while. son done with college figuring out what to do with a music performance major, daughter splitting time with me and her mom (second child) hanging with the little sisters who love having her back form college, 17 year old enjoying his brother being back. vidiots! 2 little daughters hanging with the cousins. my wife gets to laugh with her parents and drink choco vine (tastes like bailys ) . twins on saturday afternoon with #1 son, snday night with #2 son (they couldn't go together because of conflicts. it worked great for me) smores with the chicago cousins on saturday night. little dog walked off a deck 20 feet in the air and di a hard landing in the garden before i got home from the ballgame sunday night. doctered him up and hes ok today. eventfilled. almost reneeish on a leisurely mode. did you see her list yesterday? i have the pictures here on the computer ready to forward for a future exhit. good short week all

Posted by tim | June 1, 2010 7:01 AM

I had a welcomed weekend at home...4+ hours mowing the (week overdue) lawn that usually takes but 2, skipped a section, set up a fence so horses could "cut" it down to size. Yes, Barb in Blackhoof...hoof trimming time, though I only have 8 feet to do. Watched the bees building pure white comb in their uppermost box and watched an excellent Finnish/Swedish film called "Mother of Mine"
A few aches and soreness...but sorry to go back to work today...have to pull myself away from breakfast on the the porch listening to the birds, noting the sun on the newly mown grass.

Morning, all...welcome to June.

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | June 1, 2010 7:02 AM

Hello, Heartlanders!

I was on call for the long weekend, and I got paged by a host that didn't really require my attention during my last 20 mile run before Grandma's Marathon! Another special treat was going to the mall with three of my children. ;-)

I always photograph these little notes that people post at Caribou Coffee with my BlackBerry. They read "What do you stay awake for?" and people fill in the implied blank with their awake worthy activities. I have found some funny ones over time. Here's the one I found this weekend.

Posted by elinor | June 1, 2010 7:08 AM

Good morning all. Very good pictures. I was busy helping members of my family move back to Minnesota from Chicago. All members of the Orange Mighty Trio are once again living in Minneapolis.

I especially like the butterfly picture and the news about the morning cloak butterflies because of my interest in insects.

Posted by Jim | June 1, 2010 7:13 AM

Good morning! What wonderful pictures! I have some that I took, but they haven't been uploaded to my computer yet. I spent the weekend in Minnesota with my family and friends. It was truly wonderful. I really didn't want the weekend to end. I didn't get anything done like others here, but I hope to this upcoming weekend :) Have a great short week!

Posted by Alanna in MI | June 1, 2010 7:17 AM

Greetings! What fun and lovely pictures! Elinor - when is Grandma's Marathon? I clicked on the link, but there's nothing there. Best of luck to you!

Tim - I planted those after a full day of selling vitamins, getting some groceries and making dinner. Have a great day everyone!

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | June 1, 2010 7:29 AM

Lovely pictures today. I remember hearing horses all afternoon yesterday when we were working outside-there was a big high school rodeo at the University rodeo grounds yesterday-about 5 blocks from our house,

Posted by Renee | June 1, 2010 7:32 AM

That little butterfly spent about 20-30 minutes flying around our backyard, landing on me or Darling Daughter, hanging out for a bit, flying off and then flying back. He/she landed in my hair, on my elbow, on my shoulder, my back, Daughter's back, and seemed to be a fan of Daughter's finger (needless to say, she was delighted).

Looking forward to Morning Cloaks in a couple of weeks when the caterpillars hatch. If we're home for it, I will try to take some photos of that, too.

Love all the photos - in some ways it seems we have encapsulated so much of what Memorial weekend holds: tranquil walks, summer work on farms, gardening, Memorial Day events and remembering those no longer with us, and time for kids.

Posted by Anna | June 1, 2010 7:36 AM

Of course, I like the the news on gardening and the picture of Joanne gardening as well as the buterfliy info and picture. I also spent some time getting gardening done. It has been very dry here and I was glad to get some rain on Sunday to provide moisture for emergence of recently planted seeds.

In the past this would have been the week end when some of my family would do grave decorating and I am reminded of this by Donna's picture of a grave yard. My cousin suggested that he and I could carry on this tradition of our parents, but we both had other things to do.

Posted by Jim | June 1, 2010 7:50 AM

Great pics yall! We should give Dale the day off more often! I went to 3 Saints games this weekend since I have season tickets. We only won one out of the three game series, Sioux Falls is a really good team. I was wondering why the old Morning Show page and archives are gone now? I hope its just for a page upgrade, and not because they decided to save bandwith. They promised to keep the archives up,This is from the press release: "Over the years the show's musicians and guests have formed a 'who's who' in the Minnesota music and cultural scene. The show has a permanent place in our hearts and spirits, as well as a permanent place in our archive. We will keep the show's current archive on our Web site so listeners can continue to enjoy Jim Ed and Dale's special wit and humor." I hope they are keeping their promise.

Posted by Aaron | June 1, 2010 7:54 AM

Nice pictures all! I was in Jackson - the site of Donna's picture - for Memorial Day festivities. I didn't take any pictures, but I like to watch the parade, hear the band and the ceremony by the river. Thoses images are in my head today from the weekend.

Posted by Mike Pengra | June 1, 2010 7:59 AM

Thanks for the comments and photos everyone!

Anna's reference to Morning Cloaks reminds me - I neglected to mention that Chase Turner posted a link in the comments on Monday. His slide show includes a Morning Cloak, and since then he's added some new pictures.

See the collection here.

Thanks Chase!

Posted by Dale Connelly | June 1, 2010 8:03 AM

Donna--your parnets live there?
Mike, what is your connection to Jackson?

Posted by Clyde | June 1, 2010 8:20 AM

Great pictures!
In my picture I was prepping ground that has been put in the CRP program-- Conservation Reserve Program-- and will be planted to native grasses and wildlfowers... hoping to get it planted today before the forecasted storms.

I'm a little familiar with Jackson MN as my wife is from Ceylon (MN) over by Fairmont so we see the Jackson sign on I90...

Thanks for the good wishes yesterday for Tech Week. It should be OK... nice cast and theater and only a couple directors! Hah!
Enjoy the rest of your week everyone! Hoping for rain for those that need it and sunshine if you don't.

Posted by Ben | June 1, 2010 8:28 AM

Clyde - I grew up in Jackson. Been there?

Posted by Mike Pengra | June 1, 2010 8:31 AM

Heartening to hear everyone's great weekends.

Last night at a neighborhood barbecue I was once again trying to explain Radio Heartland. My audience was actually interested in what plays when so I was describing JASPER and it occurred to me that I have forgotten why we chose JASPER. Is it an acronym for something or did we just like the name? Anyone? Anyone?

Posted by sherrilee | June 1, 2010 8:33 AM

Mike--Been there? Drive through it regularly on way to Okoboji area, a good meeting point for me and some relatives. I take that route because my mother was born there in 1917 under the name Wetter, but the Wetters left the area quite awhile ago. And a very good friend's father was long a pastor there, Ruthenbeck.

Posted by Clyde | June 1, 2010 8:41 AM

My two memorable events of the weekend involved small boys.
My 5 year-old-grandson lectured me on the five meanings of the word "Okay," which I could not photograph.
An 8 to 9-year-old boy came through the picnic site on Lake Washington in LeSeuer County where my wife and I were eating and playing Scrabble (a holiday tradition for us) carrying a carp that reached from his neck to his toes. The parents were suspicious when I told them wehy I wanted to take his picture with the fish.

Posted by Clyde | June 1, 2010 8:47 AM

Jim ed Announcer Substitute Programmable E-Robot
is the official expansion of the JASPER acronym. Thanks to DanT for suggesting it, and to our listeners for ratifying it.

Posted by Dale Connelly | June 1, 2010 8:48 AM

Thanks Dale.... I was certain that Jim Ed was in there somehow, but lost track of the little "ed" part.... I'm hoping I've made a Radio Heartland convert!

Posted by sherrilee | June 1, 2010 8:56 AM

Fun to see these photos, people. Dale, I'll send a late one that might be good for another time. A photo of yesterday would be me caught by a new mystery novel. Beautiful day to read out in the yard.

Clyde - so they didn't let you take the photo?

Dale again: I caught the Decoration Day part of the Radio Heartland Show -- what an outstanding selection of music by the musicians who have passed in the last year! I've forgotten how to find the program if we want to listen a second time -- what link gets me to Saturday night's show?

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | June 1, 2010 9:01 AM

Very nice pictures, kids. I spent time with family. My sister in law drank an entire bottle of pinot noir and talked even more than she normally does. Trust me, that's not a good thing.

Clyde - my parents live in Webb, IA. It's about 60 miles south of Jackson.

Mike - Jackson is such a pretty town with its hills and woods. My brother was telling me about the historical movie theater there. Is it still operating?

Clyde again - last night I was watching Good Eats (raise your hand if you love Alton Brown) and they had this trivia about Mark Twain -- one of his favorite meals was Porterhouse steak with mushrooms and peas.
BTW, are you able to watch Twins baseball again?

Posted by Donna | June 1, 2010 9:06 AM

Thanks for the kind words Barbara.
The page you're looking for is here.

The "listen" buttons for this past Saturday's program aren't posted yet, but should be added in a day or so.

Posted by Dale Connelly | June 1, 2010 9:17 AM

Barbara, I did not want to use the pix here without their permission and they could not understand what I was going to do. So, no did not take it. A suspicious age for parents. A very pretty fish, by the way. Huge fish for that age.
Donna, yes, I have TV back. Took some harrassment, but they finally came out. Watched last night.
I have a relative or two in that cemetary in Jackson,

Posted by Clyde | June 1, 2010 9:21 AM

I feel like I am late showing up for a nice party. I just this moment got in from my cabin weekend, having left at 5 AM so I could maybe get a photo in. I'm probably too late with my sunset shot.

It is fun to read about everyone else's weekend. I think those are edible mushrooms, but if you eat them and die, don't sue me.

I spent the weekend hitting my brakes to avoid whacking deer. There were some close calls. And yesterday I spent some time watching twin bear cubs hacking about in the woods. Dang, they're cute.

I made friends with a new couple who seem very nice (Public Radio People, of course; I don't associate with anyone who isn't)

I'm looking forward to a short week. Tomorrow is Hump Day already! I might need to get back to the cabin. We had the kind of weather that makes you feel like running around kissing strangers.

Posted by Steve in Saint Paul | June 1, 2010 10:21 AM

I tried to put a comment with the links for copy and paste, but it said it had to be approved by moderator. The link works here. Huh?

Grandma's is June 19th! Thanks for the well wishes.

Posted by elinor | June 1, 2010 10:41 AM

Donna, yes the Historic State Theater in downtown Jackson is still standing and operating! In fact, the Morning Show did a remote broadcast from that venue for Jackson's Sesquicentennial back in July 2006.

Posted by Mike Pengra | June 1, 2010 11:10 AM

I have relatives who immigrated to Jackson County...great little museum in Jackson with lots of genealogy information and things to look relatives are buried in a pretty little cemetery near Heron Lake.

Sulfur aka "chicken" mushrooms are excellent, have eaten them many times...I think I have some in the freezer right now. But do they taste like chicken, thus their nickname? Really?

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | June 1, 2010 11:26 AM

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