– Poor Duluth. It’s been a rainy spring (and meteorological summer), but they’ve been hit particularly hard the past few days, resulting in flash floods that have devastated quite a bit of the city. Including the zoo, which lost most of its ‘barnyard’ animals to drowning and temporarily misplaced their polar bear and a seal (which, sad as the zoo story is, at least might have provided some comic relief in the form of ‘loose seal’/'Lucille’ jokes). I can’t decide if I now feel bad for or vindicated in my making of this painting. Duluth’s weather is epically unpleasant, although Rob and I went last week and were treated to a pleasant day (as seen in the photo above).
– Hinckley seems about the place to be if you don’t want to be swept away by water or succumb to heat stroke. It was in the 90s yesterday in Minneapolis but peaked in the high seventies here. We had one hot day — Monday, I think — which gave me the opportunity to inflate a little floaty mattress and drift around in the pond. See here. We also bought an inflatable raft, which is better if you want to row around without getting wet, but it’s not quite as refreshing.
– Here’s what a young fawn looks like where it’s tearing back and forth across your lawn. And here’s what a baby bluebird looks like when it’s ruffling its wings, getting ready to fly away: