Another homage to Great Outdoors Month is at the top of the page. Only a few years ago, that overlook was probably the most beautiful view within the city limits of MY Town. You could see most of Spring Lake, Lake Rebecca, the cliffs on the other side, and the bike trail that runs between them. Now the view-blockers are taking over.
I know trees are a big part of the great outdoors, but c’mon, this just ain’t right. The only thing that would be less right is if somebody hired a landscaping contractor to chain saw the offending trees into oblivion.
As you can see, I’m a little conflicted here. I want the view, but not at the cost of the natural order of things. The only legitimate compromise I can think of is to pray to Mother Nature and the God of the Great Outdoors to decimate the view-blockers with bunch of targeted lightning strikes. Yeah, that would be the best of both worlds: Good for the view, and totally natural.
I wish it was National River Otter Month because that would give some legitimacy to the next three pictures. I noticed an unusual wake in the Mississippi River. Thinking it might be a beaver, I got off my bike and followed it downriver to get a better view. Upon closer inspection, I was able to identify it as a river otter–the first one I’ve ever seen in the wild. It is a much bigger animal than I thought. I was thrilled.