A wooden tower on the quad at St. Olaf College houses 21 sets of wind chimes. Built in 2003, the tower and its chimes memorialize students who have died while attending the college.
The chimes are tuned to D, the key of the hymn "Beautiful Savior." On windy days, the sound of the chimes reaches almost every corner of campus. Pastor Bruce Benson tells the story of the college’s memorial wind chimes and what their sounds signify.
When the sun came out on Tuesday, I took some photos of the Memorial Chime Tower. I tried to capture the sounds but the noise of jets, trains and nearby construction machinery kept interfering.
Minnesota’s monarch butterfly population is 38 percent below average this summer, according to preliminary statistics from University of Minnesota’s Monarch Lab. Cool, dry weather is likely the prime culprit, but ecologists also suspect human beings are playing a role.
Robbie and I went for a walk in the lower Carleton Arb on Saturday evening and the monarchs were plentiful… and amenable to being photographed up close. Click the thumbnails to enlarge and then click the green arrow to enlarge further.