Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Luverne, Minnesota

Last weekend, three friends and I went to Luverne, Minnesota, in the southwestern corner of the state to attend the memorial service of a friend.

nobles rock - Photo Hosted at Buzznet

I had never been in that part of the state before. There farmland stretches as far as the eye can see and the landscape is flat or gently sloping. The earth is that Minnesota variety that looks almost black and is full of nutrients.

MinnesotaSoil2 - Photo Hosted at Buzznet

This was originally prairie land. The wind is awesome and a great place for the huge, odd newer windmill farms.

PrairieCoteauMN full - Photo Hosted at Buzznet

We went to Blue Mounds State Park, a huge stone cliff that rises 100 feet up from the flat plains. The entire cliff is two-thirds grass and one third rock, Sioux quartz, that is very colorful: red, blue and purple. From Eagle Rock you can see South Dakota and Iowa.

Eagle rock - Photo Hosted at Buzznet

It is also the site of the only cactus native to Minnesota; a rather intimidating being that was not in bloom yet, but whose spikes were impressive.

Cactus - Photo Hosted at Buzznet

It was a good place to say goodbye to a friend whose battle with cancer was long, miserable and heartbreaking. He is free now from all this. Flying with the birds he loved.


Daisy said...


See my friends!

Ravenmn said...

Thank you kindly, Daisy!