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    June 2013
    from www.CustomCabins.com
    14663 Vosburgh Rd. Ely, Minnesota 55731
    email: info@customcabins.com

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    It is June, and summer has finally arrived. The snow has gone, flowers and trees are blooming, and most importantly, lots of fish are being caught here in north eastern, MN-Ely to be exact. You remember, the recipient of the coolest small town in America award in 2010.

    These gentlemen caught tons of "good eating" bass. We are never told exactly where they were caught.

    Now we usually picture all of the "show" fish, but we thought everyone might like to realize that every so often there is a "baby" that gets caught and definitely deserves a good laugh. We are sure many people have caught a fish similar to this one, but don't want to admit it. We are also sure this fish fought like a tiger and gave the fisherman a good run for his money. Obviously, this one was carefully returned to the waters and told to go home and grow up. They probably added, "We will see you again next year."

    In addition to serious fishing, we have guests who just enjoy canoeing on the waters of Moose Lake. After all, girls just want to have fun.

    Fishing is not only for the grownups. We have many children who are following in their parents' foot- steps and learning to enjoy the outside world in and near the Boundary Waters. These kids had a wonderful time catching fish of all sizes. It seems to be the thrill of the catch—not the size.

    Dragonflies are an important part of our environment. They absolutely love to eat mosquitoes. We often find ourselves cheering them on as they fly about. They are like helicopters and can fly in all directions with their wings flapping about 30 times per minute. Although they live for only a few months, they are extremely busy during that time. Their eyes occupy about 80 percent of their brain and they can see 360 degrees.

    These flies have a three stage life span: eggs, nymphs, and adults. The eggs which are laid in the late summer or fall, and don't hatch until the next spring. In the spring, they develop as nymphs and breathe through gills.

    Then they emerge through an exo-skeleton, breathe air, and then fly. They do not have a cocoon cycle.

    These pictures were captured as a dragon fly was emerging as an adult.

    Here, the dragon fly is just beginning to exit its exo-skeleton. The skeleton is attached on the side of the log with the dragon fly all "bunched up".

    Next, the fly has emerged with its long green wings beginning to spread.

    It takes a while for the entire body to dry out and for the wings to spread.

    Finally, it is off to do its job for the season and to help eat a lot of mosquitoes.

    GO-Dragon Flies!!!

    Custom Cabin Rentals
    14663 Vosburgh Rd.
    Ely, Minnesota 55731
    218-365-6947 or 1-800-235-6947

    www.CustomCabins.com