This past weekend to celebrate my mother’s birthday (which just-so-happens to be on the 4th of July), my family took a boat cruise on the St. Croix River. Although we live five minutes from the launching point in Taylors Falls and know the owners of the company, I hadn’t been on one of the ferry boats since I was a little girl.
Due to wildfires in the Western U.S. and Canada, the air has been incredibly hazy over the past week. For days the sky was stained white from the smoke that’s drifted across the continent. At one point, we could even smell the smoke.It’s amazing how events have a way of effecting everyone–even people hundreds of miles away.
The haze made for some beautiful photos. I’m no photographer, but I like to dabble with my iPhone every now and then. Here’s a shot of the Taylors Falls Princess, one of the oldest ferry boats in the country. Or, as my best friend and I used to say when we spotted it on the river from our school bus, it’s the “Fairy with No Wand”.