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Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 marked a dark day in North Minneapolis history, a devastating tornado swept through my childhood neighborhood, damaging 800 homes and destroying 35.
Also in the path of the tornado was one of my favorite places in Minneapolis, a small island on the Mississippi River that was home to over 200 Great Blue Herons, we would visit in early spring to watch as they built their magnificent nests. Today we learned that approximately 180 Herons were killed in the tornado, the surviving birds, including the young, were relocated to an animal rescue and rehabilitation center in Roseville, Minnesota.
I don’t know if future colonies will nest on the island, hopefully they will, for it is such a grand sight to see so many beautiful wild birds so close to an urban setting.
Original photo shot with my Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, edited and textured in PSPX3 and PSE9
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