Congratulations to Jill Danner who had the lone correct guess for last month's view:
“The view is of the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. The area is of significance to the indigenous tribes of Minnesota and as a bird flyway. In the past few years, the area has undergone a major change in use, going from an old railway yard to a nature sanctuary. The buckthorn, polluted ground and garbage were removed and replaced with good soil, native plants and trails. On November 19th, Harding High School’s Earth Club toured the site as part of a watershed tour. It was a cold windy day but 38 students, one of whom had helped plant trees there, learned about the site and the importance it plays in St. Paul's past and present.”
As to “from where”...since most of us don't take in our local surroundings by plane, we've resisted the urge to use aerial photos in this competition. That said, this photo was taken from a significant height above the featured location. The Kellogg Boulevard-Third Street Bridge towers several dozen feet above the sanctuary, providing a unique perspective onto the lands below.
More information on the Bruce Vento Sanctuary and its restoration can be found on the Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s Lower Phalen Creek Project webpage.
About “Whose view? From where?”
Each month in this section, we feature a photo somewhere along the river corridor in the Twin Cities that is in some way significant or important or just plain scenic. Individuals may then e-mail us and identify the view and explain why they believe it is significant to the community or important to them personally. We’ll publish some of your responses in the next issue of Mississippi Messages, where we will also reveal the correct answer.
To submit your guess and response, e-mail Bob Spaulding, River Advocate, through our contact form. The respondent to provide the first correct identification of the view and hopefully some interesting thoughts about its significance will receive a valuable prize for their effort. All entries must be received by the first day of the following month for consideration.
Featured Date: 16 November, 2010