C is for creek.
A tendril of trees meanders across the field south of our property, sheltering the banks of this little sprite. The locals say “The Creek” feeds into the Straight River, though I’ve not been able to confirm it. Unfortunately, we live south of this map and wiki alludes to the actual source being southwest of us near Geneva Township. Regardless of where it goes, we enjoy watching deer graze on its banks or ducks, geese, and cranes traverse our patch of sky towards its marshy bed. Water attracts wildlife such as coyotes and snapping turtles too, both of which we’ve glimpsed on the move this spring. Luckily, Minnesota summers are short and our worst natural enemies’–wood ticks and mosquitoes–days are numbered.
“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.”