Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

St. Paul iconography, part I

Everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY, pops off at least a picture or two of this place. And still I couldn't resist adding one more to the mix.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

More of the crashing of the ice

A few more shots from Red Bull's Crashed Ice in St. Paul. First up, the St. Paul Vulcans light up the night to get the party started:

I need a faster lens for skaters hurtling off a jump when they're doing anywhere from 25-35 mph. That's the St. Paul Cathedral in the background.

One of the competitors catching a ride to the next heat.

And finally, and perhaps most incredibly, HARD PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF of the elusive white were-unicorn. Hidden among 80,000+ people in the middle of St. Paul. Astonishing but true.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


These guys are NUTS. Red Bull’s Crashed Ice competition in St. Paul. The skaters can hit speeds up to 40 mph (70 kph), and the course is a brutal combination of downhill, uphill, tight turns, and jumps. The only thing that could make it more difficult is if they hid a bear somewhere on the course.

The night time is the right time...

...to read a book. Midway Book store, corner of University and Snelling.

Hot air cold air

Hot air balloon launch on a cold winter day. Part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival festivities.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Time has come today

Geddy Lee and Tolkien have dreams like this.
Carved tree sculpture at the St. Paul City Forestry Unit.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Read a book, read a book

Chilling in the Children's and Young Adult section at Micawber's Books in St. Paul.

Nice sandstone

The Germania Bank Building, from 1889. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown St. Paul.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Steppin' out

Shot this a couple months ago on University Avenue but didn't get it posted at the time. The Turf Club has been a St. Paul institution and live-music mecca since the 1940's.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Now hold on there, cowboy; I know what you're thinking: Alice Cooper is going back on the road and I didn't hear a THING about it?
Well, no. No, no, NO.

You're looking at one of the nice employees at Twin Cities Reptile on University Avenue, holding one of the largest snakes I've ever seen. And there are bigger ones. WAY bigger. I'm just sayin'.
The employees are all knowledgeable and friendly, and the place may very well be the largest reptile store in the entire country.
Just...for the love of all that is holy...don't tap on any of the cages.

Thursday, January 3, 2013