Wednesday, December 25, 2013

All dolled up for the holidays

Insanely cold in these here parts for the better part of December. Feels like I haven't been out shooting in forever. Today the thermometer finally nudged up into a territory where I could stand to be outside for more than 12.4 seconds, so me and the camera headed to Rice Park in downtown St. Paul to try getting a few shots of the holiday lights. Here's the Landmark Center looking fine as evening falls.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

View from a Death Star

Or maybe just a view of the Landmark Center and downtown St. Paul from the St. Paul Central Library, which I could spend days in.
Been crazy cold the past few days in this part of the country, so haven’t been out to do any shooting. This is a composite of three shots from August that I forgot about until doing a little file cleanup. Similar to an earlier shot I made that I wanted to make better. Hope you like it and hope you’re staying warm, wherever you are.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Rust and vine

One of the last shots I took before all the snow started coming down.
Wabash Ave., St. Paul, MN.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Commutator Breakdown, always the saaaaame

Wait, you mean this place wasn’t the inspiration for one of Led Zeppelin’s early hits? I stand corrected: starting in 1884, this used to be the Commutator Brass Foundry Company, but was converted some years ago to offices and small businesses.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Tropical encounter

Not so much from the outside, as the morning was crazy windy and on the chillier side of the thermometer, but inside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, it’s always summer as you stroll through a half acre of sundry vegetation.


Found this in Como Park one morning after a rain the previous night. I had no idea what kind of plant it was, but lucky for me, Mrs. Twin Cities Seen is down with the identifying of the vegetation, and said, "That's a sedum, you knucklehead".

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Now it's a party

You can only call it a party after Snoopy collapses.
Seventh Place, downtown St. Paul.

Friday, October 25, 2013


Sticking to the bridge theme. Here's one from just before the leaves started to turn. I was wandering around in Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Same bridge, different day

Same bridge we saw in the last post, from a different angle. Strolling around the cities has really brought home the concept of just how much water surrounds and intersects the St. Paul and the Minneapolis.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ache Junt

Railroad bridge over the Mississippi River, near Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013


Stumbling around Crosby Lake Farm in the dark, waving a flashlight at imaginary things in the woods. Then the sky started to brighten and I got to see this along the Mississippi River.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Putting the fall in Minnehaha Falls

Leaves are starting to turn; time to admit that summer really is winding down. Drove past Minnehaha Falls last night; couldn't resist stopping off for a few shots (photos, not drinks...not that I'm opposed to either).

The hard line

Tracks and elevators somewhere in the hinterlands of Minneapolis.

Sunday, October 6, 2013


All aboard the slob car. Direct service to the Twin Cities and points beyond.

Dry land for a change

Bridge at Hidden Falls Park, St. Paul, MN. Took this photo about a week ago, before the recent spate of rain. Frequently this area is filled with water running in from the Mississippi River, but the river was down a good foot or more on the day I was there.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fall in

High above the Mississippi River on a rainy, breeze Saturday night. The path down to this vantage point was a slippery, muddy mess, but I made sure to stay way the heck back from the edge.

Friday, October 4, 2013


In the alley behind the Monte Carlo in Minneapolis, open for business since 19-freakin'-06. One of the oldest establishments in the historic warehouse district.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


MPLS all aglow.If I'm not mistaken, that's the 10th Avenue Bridge in the foreground, but I wasn't exactly sure where I was, so don't quote me in any professional journal or if you're on a game show.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Reach the beach

Bidding farewell to the day from the top of a lifeguard station, Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis.

This looks like the work of Willoughby J. Edbrooke!

The Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul, MN, designed by the aforementioned Mr. Edbrooke, who served as Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury Department from 1891-92. Construction began in 1892 and was completed in 1902.