Meters

April 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Nothing exciting. Just meters.

Meters

Railroad Trestle — Nicollet Island

April 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

It’s rain week in Minnesota, which means it’s not the best weather for photographing spring. However, at the first sign of sun, the landscape will pop.

Until then, I’m still playing around with the new camera. I wove around Nicollet Island tonight and happened upon a railroad trestle. Within minutes of stopping to take some photos, a train came by, making for a more inviting and active landscape.

Nightstand 2014: Week Eighteen

April 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

What I’m reading this week — lots of short articles on photography and writing, as well as a piece that challenges us to talk to strangers, national profiles of a Minnesota children’s writer and a Nebraskan photographer, and an investigation into an American Indian Movement advocate’s murder in 1974. Topping it off with some science-fiction:

Lexicon

Lantern

April 27, 2014 § 4 Comments

Lantern I

Lantern I

Lantern II

Lantern II

Baseball bleacher

April 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

Baseball

Chasing Clouds

April 25, 2014 § 4 Comments

A day summarized in five short stories.

Story #1
A man approached me after we had each practiced serving and hitting on our respective tennis courts. “I see you have issues with your backhand. Check out my instructional video and give me a call. I can help.” He gave me his cards (two, because I must be really bad). This made me blue because I always thought my saving grace was my solid, stellar backhand.

Backhand dissed at the tennis court

Backhand dissed at the tennis court

Story #2
St. Thomas hosted a 12-hour Emily Dickinson poetry marathon at its library. Participants came and went as they pleased, sitting in cushy seats around a large circle and taking turns reading her poems.

I lasted several rounds and crept away after reading my sixth or seventh poem. Then I stuffed a goo-filled chocolate cupcake down my gullet.

Balloons lead to cupcakes

Balloons mark the cupcake spot

Story #3
The St. Paul Art Crawl got underway tonight. I tackled the Midway area rather than the ever trendy (but oh-so-cool) Lowertown. At the Carleton Lofts, I met chatty folks and their dogs.

At the E&L Bindery Building, someone asked if I was chasing clouds. Another said my purse matched her glasses.

Story #4
At the bindery, I climbed these scary stairs:

Scary spiral staircase

Alarming spiral staircase, looking up

My fear of heights kept me from going beyond the second floor. But that’s where I found twin sisters who make customized silicone mermaid tails that start at $2,500 a pop (or fin). And they are booked solid with orders six months out.

I never knew I lived in a world where people spent the equivalent of a hefty mortgage payment on a fake mermaid tail (as opposed to a real one).

Story #5
I drove behind the Rock-Tenn building on Vandalia and discovered a mountain of dead cardboard boxes awaiting reincarnation.

Dead cardboard

Dead cardboard

Local Color

April 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Graffiti and street art on and around the Zeus Jones agency

Dumpster and truck

Dumpster and truck

Zeus Jones panorama

Zeus Jones panorama

Alley

Alley

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