This is sad ... I can almost hear the loons themselves sending their mournful cry over a northern Minnesota lake. The Gulf Oil Spill may be a disaster waiting to happen for our state bird. This fall, over 1/2 our flock will migrate to the Gulf of Mexico, and specifically regions directly affected by oil. Thanks BP (British Petroleum).
Learn more about the impending disaster (via KARE TV), and pray for a solution. I want my new grandson to hear a loon's cry through the morning mist, not the mourning mist.
At least when it comes to picking new locations to live ... during 2008 persons from northern Minnesota never moved any father east than Wisconsin, but southern California was still a draw! Expand the image given below to see the details. My wife and I are both originally from Northern Minnesota, and are building a new home in Duluth. Thus, we found the migration patterns intriguing!
Are you curious to see outward and inward migration for any county in the United States? There is a fascinating article and interactive map hosted by Forbes.Com. It allows the user to point to any county and then activate the migration patterns from 2008. (I learned about this Forbes service via the Map Scroll Blog)
Ski Cam Man became Marathon Cam Man for the last four miles of today's 2010 Grandma's Marathon. I wore my wide angle lens digital camera towards the end of the race (see Ski Cam Man Photos). Enjoy the slideshow ... you'll find Elvis, Belly Dancers, the Aerial Bridge ... and oh yes ... runners. Sorry about some of the moisture on a few photos. After 26.2 miles I was sweating quite a bit! Link to my Picasa site to view and download any photo directly w/o charge.
My middle son, Carl, is studying Arabic in Morocco this Summer. His host family's daughter was married this weekend. Wow! I repeat, Wow! You need to see Carl's post on his blog. He has some amazing photos and videos. I will never again complain about the size / cost of my daughters American Wedding!