Monday, November 30, 2009

Urban Grit


Time to take out the trash in a Minneapolis back alley.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Lane Confusion

Lane Confusion

I shudder to think about driving in this area. The lanes switch over each other while dodging Light Rail commuter trains.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Traffic Dance

Traffic Dance
Directing traffic looks like fun when you have a glowing wand.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is the big day of our Thanksgiving feast. Thanksgiving is the greatest Holiday we have. It's all about pure gluttony, napping, and football. nothing to wrap or exchange, just eat, eat, and eat. I would have liked to show a typical Thanksgiving dinner, but at this time, I am too busy grazing at the dinner table.

Instead, I show you a burger from Burger Jones in Minneapolis. This is the 'White Trash Burger' - chicken-fried bacon, fried cheese curds, and plenty of Velveeta on a hamburger with lettuce and tomato. As a side, there were two kinds of fries; maple-bacon sweet potato fries and Parmesan waffle fries.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner; practice proper plate management and remember to pace yourself, you have all day.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I 35W Streaks

I 35W Streaks

Streaking south on Interstate 35W into Minneapolis. This is the new 35W bridge in it's blue glow.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Color Format

Red Maple

Golden Flash

The color of autumn enhanced with an off camera flash.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Light Pods

Light Pods

Repeating perspective inside Orchestra Hall.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pink Lemonade

Pink Lemonade

Amazing to see what kind of trash lies along the banks of our rivers and streams.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Industrial Light

Industrial Light

The gritty feel of an industrial site with it's harsh lighting makes for interesting photos. no, not a pretty picture, but interesting in it's own right.

Thursday, November 19, 2009



Leaves hold steadfast as autumn wanes and winter approaches.

Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/125
Av( Aperture Value ) 5.6
Metering Mode Partial Metering
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 300.0 mm
Image Quality RAW
Off camera flash
Radio Slave Transmitter, Receiver Set

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Pole Cam

High Altitude Photography

PoleCam Capture

Mitchster in action. Remote Shutter Releasing

Mitch, Dan, and I tested out Mitch's engineous new PoleCam tm. It worked out great! Although quite a bit of a scare hoisting it up and bringing it back down to earth when fully extended to 26 feet, (8 meters). There is considerable wobble fully extended. i am anxious to see the shots from PoleCam.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Color Me Graffiti

Blue Graffitti


More graffiti seen along the banks of the Mississippi River.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Skipping Down Nicollet Mall

Heading Down the Mall

Heading north on the Nicollet Mall

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Great Distances

Great Distances

We still have wide open spaces where the dinosaur used to roam.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ninemile Creek Curtains


South in Bloomington Minnesota, Ninemile Creek flows into the Minnesota River. Along it's course are many mini rapids as seen here.

Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/4
Av( Aperture Value ) 25.0
Metering Mode Partial Metering
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 30.0 mm
Image Quality RAW
Tripod mounted

Thursday, November 12, 2009


No longer needed, the kerosene lamp sits proudly on a shelf.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hennepin Avenue Icon

Hennepin Ave Icon

Yesterday, Mitchster and I wandered about Minneapolis near the Mississippi River. Check out his Bright Colors in a Brown World post.

The old Grain Belt Beer sign has been standing here on Nicollet Island since 1940 shortly after the prohibition nonsense. Early on at night, the sign used to flash the letters. Currently, the sign is up for sale and hopefully, we will enjoy viewing it flash once again. Historic Grain Belt Beer sign up for sale | Minnesota Public Radio NewsQ

Tuesday, November 10, 2009



Ceasar Salad

For all you foodies out there. Last weekend, I made lasagna to accompany a bottle of Gabbiano Chianti Classico, ceasar salad with anchovies. (You can not have a ceasar salad without anchovies, it's a faux pas).

Both images were taken using an off camera flash. I am using the Cactus V2s radio slave set; about 1/5 the cost of the Pocket Wizard.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thistle While You Work


Prickly, take care on the curves of the bicycle path at Elm Creek Park Reserve. Otherwise you're in a world of hurt.

Yesterday, Alleen Brown wrote an article
in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Life section. The article is called "A Day in the Life: Who is Minnesota?".

Thanks to Alleen for this article and bringing attention to fellow bloggers.
Dusty Lens St. Paul Real Estate BlogDebbie Does DuluthHomes MSP Real Estate Blog.comMitchsterPainted Fish StudioCheleblog Pearl, Why You Little… Anti-SupermomStrong Towns BlogVoix de MichèleWhat Would Dad SaySimplicity in the SuburbsWeapons of Mass Distraction AncienTrailsNorwegianityA Heathen’s DayTwin Cities NaturalistSweven VolantIs That All You’ve Got?Day in the Life of an Idiot MN Progressive ProjectCafé Cyan by Cafe CyanOne Year of BeautyMinneapolis MetblogsYou Are dumbThe DeetsStray HawkeyeI Was Told There Would Be BaconPowderhorn365 Hockey Wilderness

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Light Stand

Light Stand

Downtown Minneapolis is filled with repeating patterns and textures.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Moody Blue

Moody Blue

Nothing like a sunset to end a hectic week.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Blue Line

Blue Line

LED lighting illuminating the new 35W bridge.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Late Autumn

Late Autumn

This evening, I have a date with a rake. The downside of autumn is yard cleanup.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009



That is a long time to sit in one place and not move an inch.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

View from the 10th Avenue Bridge

Blacktop Ribbon

Blacktop Ribbon

Western View

Downtown Minneapolis and the 10th Ave. bridge over the Mississippi River as seen from the Northern Pacific Bridge No. 9 walking bridge.

10th Avenue Freeze Out
Bruce Springsteen and the E street Band

Sunday, November 1, 2009



An important feature of logarithms is that they reduce multiplication to addition, by the formula: log(xy) = log x + log y ...

I prefer the simple rhythm of this log in the woods.


Daylight Savings Time ends!

Remember to set your clocks, we are now back on Standard Time. Don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors as well.

Today, we end this silliness of Daylight Savings Time and I wish we would simply let time alone without interfering. As I see it, the only real objective to switching time each spring and fall is to exercise our digital clock time changing skills. Though the home computer may be automatic, we must contend with the various VCR's, (for those of us still using the electronics of the 1980's), clock radios, wrist watches, pocket watches, thermostats, microwaves, stoves, coffee makers, water softeners and countless other electronic gadgets that keep time.

Heck, I just checked my water softener and I am still on Standard Time from last year. Inevitably, the clock in our vehicles will no doubt remain unchanged until sometime in January.

But we're all in this together. Today we all run around trying frantically to change the blasted time in the multitude of digital clocks in our homes. And quite possibly consulting the owner's manuals to try and figure out just how to change the blasted time on the affected appliance. I suggest the coffee maker first. We're going to need plenty of caffeine to figure all this out.

Good luck, we'll need it! Maybe next year we will put an end this time changing nonsense.