Thursday, December 31, 2009


Blue Rails

We have come to the end of the corridor, this photo-blog,, has come to an end. I have had fun sharing my photos with you here on these pages and I hope you have enjoyed them too. This all started from a humble beginning back in 2007 - May 25th to be exact with a Canon S2 IS camera. A new Canon XTi DSLR camera premiered in 2008. 2009 was the year of off camera flash and regular photo-shooting with other Twin Cities based photo-bloggers.

However, this is not the end. A new and improved photo-blog for 2010 awaits you at, I hope to see you there. Thank you for your support these past few years; and thank you for your future support.

Happy New Year
(Dusty Lens)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Steel Ribbons

Steel Ribbon

A confusing jumble of steel tracks meander and circle around Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Have fun on the rides, I'm sure it beats shopping.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009



Downtown parking meters line the streets. Don't get caught with an unplugged meter. Image taken with off camera flash held up high to the left.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Walk This Way

Walk This Way

The Target Center Skyway is a colorful linear route.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sliced Panettone

Sliced Panettone

Here in the North Metro Easy Bake Oven Bakery, I enjoy baking bread. Christmas time is perfect time for baking Milanese style Christmas breads. My Panettone is not quite the same as the authentic Panettone imported from Milano, Italy, but delicious in it's own right.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Wishing you joy and peace throughout the year.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Baubles Galore

Baubles Galore

Christmas decor in downtown.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Frosted Plastic

White Tree

Mall of America is festooned with Christmas decor. Despite having to go shopping, the displays create a cheerful atmosphere.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

At the Mall

Parallel Concourse

Indoor Cafe

On a recent photo walkabout, Dan, Mitch, Mickey and I captured the Christmas displays at Mall of America.

Monday, December 21, 2009



A stone pathway leads us to the Stone Arch Bridge along the Mississippi River.

Today is the Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year. That means starting tomorrow, the days grow longer; spring is here!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Twinkle Bus

Zoom, It's the Twinkle Bus

Wheels on the bus go round and round

Nothing says Holiday Spirit more than the Twinkle Bus. Dan, Mitch and I made our way downtown Minneapolis again to photo-shoot the 2009 Target Holidazzle Parade. Near the queue of parade floats, we came upon the Twinkle Bus that begged to be photographed. Next, we braved the crowds of parade spectators and evening chill to photo-shoot the parade. Afterward, as a reward for our photographic triumph, we sought refuge in The Local for adult Irish refreshments and warmth. If you haven't sen the Holidazzle Parade, don't miss the fun on Nicollet Mall. And remember, there are plenty of places to duck into to get warm and enjoy refreshments.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

For You

what is all this?

Have a cup of Christmas cheer.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Deck the Halls


Deck the Halls

Colorful Christmas globes strung together.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bauble Delight

Baubble Delight


Christmas Baubles galore!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009



A trip downtown to Macy's 8th floor auditorium display with Dan and Mitch to view 'A Day in the Life of an Elf'. This was a repeat of last year's Christmas display theme. I am not sure why this one remained the same for this year; perhaps the poor economy? Let us hope for a new spectacular Christmas display next year.

For more than four decades, the 8th floor has brought Christmas delight and memories to generations of families at the then Dayton's. This is an annual event for so many families - the chance to visit downtown Macy's, view the Christmas display, Christmas shop and dine either at the Oak Room or Skyroom restaurants up on the 12th floor. A tradition of decades.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Elf Land

Mickey , Dan, Mitch and I were photographing Christmas displays at Mall of America

Hey Everybody...

"Hey everybody, over here, it's Santa!"

Elf Land

"Dangit, I broke my candy chain!"

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ninemile Creek


Ninemile Creek as it flows through Bloomington, MN

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

Harp Horn

The east rotunda at Mall of America is adorned with oversized Christmas trees. Photo taken by Mrs. DL - Canon A710 IS.

Friday, December 11, 2009

End of the Line

North Star Stop

The new North Star Line delivers commuters to downtown Minneapolis at the new Twins Stadium, Target Field. The train runs mornings and evenings only. I only wish the train ran a few times during the day. I could scoot downtown in the early morning and be home by early afternoon.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sarah Palin Book Signing Tour

Pail Book Signing

I had the pleasure of spending the day at Mall of America with Dan, Mickey, and Mitch to practice our photo-journalism skills at the Sarah Palin Book signing. The photography was difficult from such long distances due to barracades to keep order and the crazies from causing harm. The lighting was dark, I was forced to elevate the ISO to 1600 and use f5.6 at 300mm.

No matter which spectrum of politics is present, she certainly is news. Big news. The news media and the late night 'comedy' shows are doing a great job of keeping Sarah Palin in the headlines. Without them we may hear little about Mrs. Palin.

The crowds were thick at the Mall, the security was thicker. As a centrist, I am left wondering what it is about Sarah Palin that the Repubs see in her as a candidate. I also wonder why the Dems have such a visceral hatred for her. She certainly spurs controversy wherever she goes. One partisan dumbass with malice in his heart - Jeremy Paul Olson,
was arrested for throwing tomatoes toward Mrs. Palin. This incident reminds me as a kid back in the fifth grade when we used to act out in the school cafeteria by throwing food. Some people never grow up and remain adult children. (No offense toward children intended)

I can not understand this disrespect and hatred toward my fellow man. We have enough hate in this world as it is without hating anyone who thinks differently from the partisan leadership. What happened to the parties of progressiveness, peace and tolerance? I am beginning to believe they never existed.

One conclusion comes to mind; free speech is honored and respected only when it conforms to partisan rhetoric and politics.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Where in Downtown...

Where in Downtown...

...Minneapolis are we?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Deer Hunting

Bicycling Pair

"Shouldn't we be wearing blaze orange?" the woman says to me as they pass by.  I reply, "Don't worry I won't shoot you."   Well, I did, photographically speaking.

backlit doe

I went deer hunting with my camera at Coon Rapids Park Reserve.  I saw a nice 10 point buck, but he wanted nothing to do with me.  The doe's on the other hand seemed more sociable and wanted to pose for me.  Isn't that the way it typically is?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tough Times


Times are tough as the economy continues to be unsettling. Despite this fact, our elected do-nothings in office are doing what they do best; diverting their attention elsewhere. Typical wag the dog policies.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Call Box

Call Box
More rusty crap. The call box is all but inoperable, but retains it's use as a photographic subject.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sky Crane Removal

Hello Down There...

Mitch, Dan, and I spent a few minutes watching these guys high up in the air working on the removal of this sky crane.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I Found It!

I Found It

I'm not sure what our little terrier Winston found, but he was determined to chase the scent down the rocky ravine to water's edge.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Stand By Me

Across the Bridge

Northbound BNSF

The morning Mitch and I went searching for the NorthStar Commuter Rail Line and reminded me of the movie Stand By Me. It was an adventure being chased down by a freight train on the bridge. OK, we weren't really chased down, there was a wide platform area a safe distance away from the tracks. But care was taken to remain a safe distance away. In the movie, the 3 kids were looking for a dead boy; we witnessed 3 opossums crossing the rails at a very wrong time. Creepy similarity. After our brief detainment by the transit authorities for being at a place where we shouldn't have been, we met up with Dan to further the days adventure.

Breakfast at Hell's Kitchen downtown was disappointing; over priced and lack of substance. I've been more satisfied with a box of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, a mixing bowl, and a carton of milk. However, second breakfast at Macy's Skyroom on the 12th floor made up for the poor first breakfast. Yet the adventure continued.

Have a look at Mitchster's PoleCam tm in action, the last venue of our adventurous day.