Outdoors

Fireflies in a field

Darkness is the secret to spotting lightning bugs.

A pink lotus

Just like a lotus flower has to fight its way through the mud and muck to meet the sun to bloom, we sometimes have to do the same.

Helicopter seeds

As every Minnesotan child knows, helicopter seeds are great flyers - but did you know you can eat them?

Members of the Lake Minnetonka Sailing School on the water.

The Lake Minnetonka Sailing School offers students a way to learn how to sail and get outside during the summer months.

A frozen puddle

As winter gives way to spring, the season of physics begins.

Sun peeks through the snowy trees on a winter morning.

Writer Anne Marie Ruff Grewal reflects on the daily brilliance of winter.

Christmas trees on a Christmas tree farm

The University of Minnesota Extension’s horticulture experts offer a few tips for picking the perfect Christmas tree this year.

Tracks from someone sliding on the ice in winter boots.

Writer Anne Marie Ruff Grewal gives a fresh perspective on an unpopular month.

Fall colors in Minnesota

In October, the trees are shutting down their solar factories for the winter, and celebrating with a grand show of fall colors.

A thick cluster of the autumn coral root orchid.

The Minnesota state flower, the lady’s slipper, is an orchid. Columnist Anne Marie Ruff Grewal ruminates on another woodland orchid.

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