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Paul Krause has another artist documentary in the works. This time it’s Fred Somers and his tree

Paul Krause at GBM Paul Krause and Ray 'Jake' Jacobson Fred Somers and oak tree in the Cannon River Wilderness Area
Local documentary filmmaker Paul Krause stopped by my corner office at GBM last week (recycled photo above) to let me know his latest project. Like he did for Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson and his Harvest sculpture, Paul is filming Fred Somers as he works on a large painting for the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province for placement in a building in their new Carondelet Village, adjacent to St. Catherine University.

I followed Fred out to the east side of the Cannon River Wilderness Area last week so he could show me the oak tree that he’s painting (above right). It turned out to be quite the excellent adventure as we mucked about, both of us madly snapping photos.

See my album of 22 photos (large slideshow, recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

For more on Fred, see his website, Frederick Somers Fine Art.  He’s participating in this weekend’s 2011 South Central Minnesota Studio ArTour and is also hosting a sneak preview at his studio on Friday night.

In the Cannon River Wilderness Area, the snow is deep and the water table high

Griff Wigley and Chad Dougherty Chad Dougherty at the Cannon River Wilderness Area Chad Dougherty at the Cannon River Wilderness Area
Chad Dougherty (my mentee) and I went snowshoeing at the east end of the Cannon River Wilderness Area this afternoon. I wanted to show him the site of where Henry Fisk, the Rice County hermit, lived.  In the small protected meadow adjacent to where the Fisk cabin was located, Chad dug down to the ground. You can see that the snow is about 3 feet deep.

groundwater flowing at the Cannon River Wilderness Area groundwater flowing at the Cannon River Wilderness Area groundwater flowing at the Cannon River Wilderness Area Chad Dougherty at the Cannon River Wilderness Area
Up on the bank just south of the footbridge over Fisk Creek, Chad spotted this area where the water is flowing out of the ground. It appears to be a new flow because the grass sod is still visible as it turns to muck.

Snowshoes for rent (cheap!) from Community Ed and Rec

Griff Wigley with niece Ellen

Ellen

Last week, I linked to Erin Mayberry’s blog post on Northfield.org about Community Ed and Rec’s Snowshoeing 101 class. I neglected to emphasize that they have snowshoes to rent.

I picked up two pair on Friday (unbelievable fee: $6/pair for the whole weekend) as my niece, Ellen, is visiting us from St. Paul. We spend a good chunk of Saturday afternoon in the Cannon River Wilderness Area, my favorite of the eleven Rice County Parks.