Monthly Archives: April 2012


Yellowstone: 1938

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See America


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Jacques Cousteau

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Postmarked 4/29/ 1914 Helvetia

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Faribault Woolen Mill Co.


For many generations, the Faribault Woolen Mill Company has grown and thrived as a business. Since 1865, the year Lincoln died and the Civil War ended, Faribault has played a part in history. Whether traveling in covered wagons with the frontier movement West, covering our troops during the war years, or providing warmth for those in need, Faribault blankets and woolen products have been woven into the fabric of American history. The Cannon River meanders throughout the countryside that surrounds the Faribault Mill. While it now offers many recreational opportunities for canoeing, fishing, hiking, camping, or picnicking, many grain and flower mills once used its water as a source of power. The Faribault Mill moved next to the river in 1890, and although steam had taken the place of water-generated power, the mill used the river water to wash its wool. In the past years, the mill drew water from the river, filtering and softening it, then using it to wash wool. Though its function has changed, the Cannon River has been an integral part of our history and it reminds us of the strength and endurance that this company has celebrated for the past years.

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Mt Rainier

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Nests by Sharon Beals

House Finch Nest

This House Finch nest is one of fifty featured in the wonderful book by San Franscisco photographer, Sharon Beals.

Here is some of her own words on the collection:

Bird nests, even without knowing which birds constructed them, seem hardly possible. Creations of spider’s web, caterpillar cocoon, plant down, mud, found modern objects, human and animal hair, mosses, lichen, feathers and down, sticks and twigs–all are woven with beak and claw into a bird’s best effort to protect their next generation.

But survival for so many birds is tenuous in a modern world where habitat loss is as common as the next housing development, and even subtle changes in climate can affect food supply. It is my hope that capturing the detailed art form of the nests in these photographs will gain appreciation for their builders, and inspire their protection.

The nest and eggs specimens, collected over the last two centuries, were photographed at The California Academy of Sciences, The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology. While few nests are collected today, these nests and eggs are used for research, providing important information about their builder’s habitats, DNA, diseases and other survival issues.


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