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#TBT: “River Therapy”

We’ve maybe all heard of “retail therapy,” where a good shopping trip helps take your mind off your troubles.  As Tuesday’s post described, our current times are full of uncertainty, with lots of things that were formerly thought of as settled, now a bit up in the air.  As an antidote, I offer you this cyanotype image of the Upper Mississippi, made by Henry Bosse roughly 130 years ago:

The image shows wingdams jutting into the river, early efforts by the Army Corps of Engineers to manage the river’s depth and facilitate commercial navigation.  The location, near the short-lived town of Nininger, MN, is in Dakota County, between St. Paul and Hastings, MN.

A restful image, indeed.


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  1. Patricia Lien BuschetteJanuary 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Beautiful! It is interesting to think back when rivers were acknowledged as being important as settlements grew up along side them. They now seem to be taken for granted and too often abused.

  2. minneapplelizFebruary 1, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Just popping in to say these blog posts are really lovely.

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