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Water, Water

This posting was originally written in early March. Since then, the world has been witness to the incredible power of water. We are seeing serious repercussions from flood events in this country and around the world. My sense of wonder, joy and enthusiasm below is only possible because I am safe. I know that well, and I am grateful.

Maybe it’s because I’m a Minnesotan – I am drawn to water. Big water, little water, tiny creeks, large rivers, I need to be there. So it is difficult to stay away from the White River even when it is rising toward a flood. I feel like one of those crazy parents, the kind that drags her son along to see the water flowing where normally there is a path. “Let’s go to the danger zone.”

The U.S. Geological Survey installed a stream gauge several years ago to monitor the height of the river. I find can find this data by going to the IMA’s Dashboard, and find it under Topics, and then Nature. The data on the dashboard is in real time.

The artists  commissioned for 100 Acres are told there might be flooding. The inaugural pieces are evidence of this potential.  Here are some images of the works impacted by the flooding back in March:


Kendall Buster, "Stratum Pier," 2010.

The guard shack of Eden II is always a fun photo in rising water:


Tea Mäkipää, "Eden II," 2010.

Even Park of the Laments gets into the act:

Alfredo Jaar, "Park of Laments," 2010.

This tag and pink ribbon are from USGS of the high water markings from the hundred year flood we had in 2005.

One of my favorite things I remember from the 2005 flood is seeing where beaver had chewed on trees at my eye level.

North American Beaver, Castor canadensis, do not climb trees. They were swimming in the water when they ate that bark.

Now in this first week of May, the river and lake are high, there’s water in the wetlands, the bench near the Outflow is partially submerged again, Rue-anemone and Sassafras are blooming, there are broken Robin eggs on the ground (hatched, I hope) and I even saw Aphids on some Elderberry. Life continues.

Filed under: Art and Nature Park, Horticulture

2 Responses to “Water, Water”

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    I think this is a cool post because it shows a big flood. I think people should know about every natural disaster!

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    Fan Says:

    Speaking of Water….inside Park of Laments at top of stairs is a big extremely muddy puddle area. People cannot get through there without getting their shoes totally soaked. Really need some sod or some solution to the standing water; hate to tell you but the Park does have lots of visitors.

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