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Wildflowers of Northeastern Minnesota 

The famous Swedish botanist Linnaeus (Latinised version of his original name: Carl von Linné) has linked his name to this plant. "Borealis" indicates a northerly distribution of the species, but it appears also further south. It grows in light coniferous forests with many mosses on the ground.  Photo by Erik W. L. Anderson

Linnea Borealis, Twin Flower - Photo by Erik W. L. Anderson

September 1st, 2004 - Report by

Four Adventures!

Monday was a "trip back in time" on the Grand Portage Trail. We started in the middle, in Mineral Center in the parking lot there and went towards Fort Charlotte. I was hoping to see the Beaver Dam and the Fort. I think that distance was 4 1/2 miles one way. I was able to see the Beaver Dam but needed to rest as my partner went the whole distance. It was a nice trail, not too hard. The forest was beautiful, many large trees, even though many were Aspen. Now I am hoping to do the first half.

Wednesday was a good day to take a ride and we went down to the newer boat access south of Tettegouche called Twin Points. We walked around there taking several trails, read the sign telling the history of the area and the uniqueness of the beach. We then went to Tettegouche and ate our lunch on a bench looking at the beautiful lake. It was a very nice day and a pleasant time.

Thursday was very foggy and humid, however not too hot. We wore rain pants and started out with rain jackets. We were hiking on the Superior Hiking Trail from Jackson Lake to the Arrowhead Trail and were lucky we went that direction particularly at one place where there was just a chute down between two very large rocks. Anyway it was the only trip I took paper and pencil. We saw lots of Indian pipes and leaves of: lots of Linnea, Pyrola, many of the smaller ones, Ginger, Pipsissewa, Baneberry, Nodding Trillium, some of their seedpods were bright red, Clintonia, and Bunchberries with beautiful red berries. Plenty of raspberries and thimbleberries to eat. Many, many mushrooms of all sizes and shapes, one Northern Green Orchid and one Long Brachted Orchid.
The forest was beautiful with many overlooks, one was called the Hellacious Overlook but because of the fog and mist we could not enjoy them. The downside was the many trees fallen over the path that had to be climbed over.

Saturday, with my grandson we went to George Crosby Manitou State Park, near Isabella in Lake County. That too was challenging. Many, many mushrooms and Luke found a very special, small falls that just spouted out of the rocks. This time when I fell I bruised my chest so Luke did the shifting in the car for me. We had brought wieners and marshmallows and wood so we had a wiener roast at the picnic grounds. That was a very memorable trip.

The highways are gold with Black-eyed-Susans and Goldenrod, purple and white with Asters.

This will be my last report for this season. The fall leaves look like they will be early this year, some say by two weeks. We saw signs of change already...............................

See what we found last year at this time of year!

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August 29, 2001

August 22, 2001

August 15, 2001

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August 1, 2001

July 25, 2001

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July 4, 2001

June 27, 2001

June 20, 2001

June 13, 2001

June 6, 2001

May 30, 2001

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2003 Wildflower Reports:

August 27th, 2003

August 20th 2003

August 13th 2003

August 6th 2003

July 30th, 2003

July 23rd, 2003

July 9th, 2003

July 2, 2003

June 25th, 2003

June 18th 2003

June 11th 2003

June 4th 2003

May 28th, 2003

May 21st, 2003

May 14, 2003

May 7, 2003

April 30, 2003

April 23, 2003


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July 24th, 2011

July 23rd, 2011

July 21st, 2011

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July 2nd, 2011

June 25th, 2011

May 28th, 2011

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