July’s Midsummer Idyll – Lake of the Isles Walk in Minneapolis


noun plural noun: idylls

  1. an extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque episode or scene, typically an idealized or unsustainable one.”the rural idyll remains strongly evocative in most industrialized societies”
  2. Similar: perfect time, ideal time, wonderful time, moment of bliss

Our sunny days are receding as the summer moves swiftly along. The pall over the nation of the continuing rampaging Covid 19 virus made me feel awkward capturing these summer scenes. I share them with you, dear readers, as a reminder that nature moves us to relish moments of beauty of Minneapolis, our lakes and a Midsummer idyll.

Lake of the Isles Bridge Jumping July 2020
View to one of the bridges of Lake of the Isles
View from the bridge of Lake of the Isles and downtown Minneapolis
Lake of the Isles distant view of Minneapolis Minnesota
View from the bridge of Lake of the Isles of”Mike’s Island in the north and Raspberry Island, are protected wildlife refuges which contain virgin woods.”
Lake of the Isles Inlet 7-17-2020

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly 7-17-2020
Inspired by one of my favorite artists Winslow Homer a Photo of boys diving from the bridge at Lake of the Isles

According to Pacer , Lake of the Isles walking trail is three miles long. Considering my life as a mushroom this year, I was feeling tiptop when I started out on this walk. I thought I could do the whole walk. After reaching about halfway around the trail, the humidity and the heat rose to above 90ºF very quickly. By the end I was dragging and looking for shade trees to walk under. Arrived at the street where I parked, thankfully, in a shady spot; turned on the air conditioning and sighed in relief. I’m more used to the cold. (My brother who lives on the east coast, tells me every winter, “You must have Siberian genes.”)

The Memory of What Remains

In a couple of months the cold winds will come down from across the northern plains

Memories of Midsummer are whisked away to usher in the everlasting change

Flying in from farmers’ fields fattened on fallen grains, hear the crows warning call,

As they sweep through the cities crying, “Caw, Caw, Caw.”

With an eye toward the sky, Fall’s crisp days of blue sky suddenly bring rain

Then it seems that overnight the freezing winter arrives at our doors.

Here in the cold and snow on the edges of human habitation, we remain

Believing in nature’s eternal returns while deep in the winter snows’ maw.

CKatt 8-6-2020


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About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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4 Responses to July’s Midsummer Idyll – Lake of the Isles Walk in Minneapolis

  1. mydangblog says:

    So much lovely stuff here–the photographs, the poem…hard to believe we’re soon in the last days of summer. Seems like it barely started:-)

    • kunstkitchen says:

      Yes, I agree a hundred percent. Today is humid and grey. Not good weather for photos. Thank you for your kind comment. I appreciate your opinion. Have a good August!

  2. Judee says:

    You are such a good writer, I totally understand life as a mushroom. Excellent shots of the city and lakes, didn’t know they had those enclaves around Lake of the Isles 🙂

    • kunstkitchen says:

      Judee, so nice to hear your kind praise. I enjoy lake of the Isles so much. I try to get to the lakes in the good weather. This summer has meant more because of being a mushroom. 😎stay well.

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