In early October I was in Minneapolis for a web workshop and thought I would take the opportunity to visit the St. Croix Watershed Research Station in Marine-on-St. Croix, Minnesota. In August of 2008 I spent a little more than 3 weeks at a cabin, Pine Needles, owned by SCWRS and used for their Artist in Residence program. The front of the cabin faces the St. Croix River and is quite secluded, with the exception of weekend canoeists. This photo shows a footpath that runs east from the cabin about 1 mile to a small town called Marine-on-St. Croix. The SCWRS is about 1 1/2 miles beyond town.

The Path to Marine

Path to Marine on St. Croix from Pine Needles

The folks at the research station graciously allowed me to stay at Pine Needles for a couple of nights on my way back to Wisconsin. The difference in the river was remarkable. In 2008, the river was so low that boats had to be dragged across impromptu sandbars in front of my little house. This year with water levels 8-9 ft higher, the island just out front of the cabin was completely submerged. Here you can see the lower limbs of the trees are just touching the water. The beautiful color in the background is Wisconsin.
Hard to believe these trees survive being submerged like this 2-3 times a year. Harder still to picture canoes, tents and campfires on an island under the trees.

I was with a friend from work and we were very lucky to be able to visit on a weekend with perfect weather at peak fall color.