Churchill Greywacke and Mountain Avens at Cape Merryin Churchill, Manitoba. All photography by Kelly Povo. BY PHYLLIS ROOT AND KELLY POVO When we signed up for a class about subarctic wildflowers at the Northern Studies Centre in Churchill, Manitoba, we decided to drive rather than fly to Winnipeg where we would catch the plane to … More Wildflowers Series #5: "All of it magical."
Rose pogonia. BY PHYLLIS ROOT AND KELLY POVO We’ve headed out on a road trip to Winnipeg to catch a plane to Churchill, Manitoba, to take a class on sub-arctic wildflowers at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. Our plane leaves soon, but we’ve left a few days early to spend some time in the aspen … More Wildflower Series #4: Heading North
Butterfly weed, like other milkweeds, is a host plant for monarch butterflylarvae, who eat the leaves. Unlike other milkweeds, this one has clear sapand flowers that range from pale yellow-orange to vivid orange to deep red. BY PHYLLIS ROOT AND KELLY POVO We’ve been to the big woods to see the springtime flowers, we’ve been … More Wildflower Series #3: A day full of prairie
True to its name, bog rosemary grows only in a bog,where the plant has adapted to the cold, acidic environment. A bog and a book signing BY PHYLLIS ROOT AND KELLY POVO Heading up north to our first bookstore book signing in Park Rapids (last weekend), we detoured to the Lake Bemidji State Park bog … More Wildflowers Series #2: Oh, for Peat’s Sake
If you’re scoping out Minnesota’s woods, chances are good you’ll run intoDutchman’s breeches this time of year. The flower gets its name because theblossoms look like tiny breeches drying upside down on a line. Our new book, Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers, is officially out this month—and we’ve already begun this year’s searching in the bursting … More Spring abloom: Scouting for wildflowers in Minnesota’s great outdoors (Wildflowers Series #1)
Tettegouche State Park in Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior; photo taken from Palisade Head (foreground) looking NE to Shovel Point (midground) and Sawtooth Mountains (distant background). BY KAREN BABINEAssistant professor of English at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota When I lived in eastern Washington, I learned the place was called the Inland … More Minnesota: Midwest or North? Karen Babine on why how we talk about place matters.
Today we feature a Q&A with Peter Olsen, a filmmaker who is producing a film about award-winning conservation activist and best-selling author Sigurd F. Olson. Olsen is inviting the public to a benefit this Saturday to help fund production of the film. http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=10393211&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 U of M Press: You write on your blog that Sigurd Olson … More Documentary to feature Sigurd F. Olson’s life and ability to impart the peace, awe, and importance of wilderness.