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  • This 'creature' first appeared on one of our city lakes some years ago. My best recollection is that it was perhaps six or seven summers ago. It rises about 20 feet above the water.

    Initially, it just appeared, no sign explaining. It was a traffic stopper. It drew crowds of walkers, joggers, bikers, skaters. Everyone talked about it. "Have you seen...?"

    Then one evening it was on the news. Turns out it was promoting the opening of a new science museum exhibit.

    Then, the next year it appeared again. On a different lake this time. Again, no sign explaining. But what was different that year was that it no longer needed an explanation.

    It has become a fixture on our lakes in the summer. Each year a different lake. We've come to expect it. People now move right on by.

    Today when Michael and I drove by on our way home from the dentist, a gull was sitting on its head. Funny!


    One day it is not there. The next day it is. It stays for a time. Then on another day it is again not there. Until next summer.

    [Photo by Barbara, Theo Wirth Lake, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 20, 2012]
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