Vietnamese Noodle Shop Covered in Snow

On my way to have Ph’o Soup for lunch with my friend Sheila, we discovered that the snow that day stuck to the lettering on the awning! Cool effect on a snow day.

Morning on Lake of the Isles

A beautiful morning on Lake of the Isles, from off shore of Raspberry Island.

Paradise Under Glass in St. Paul

It’s good to get away and enjoy some humidity and sunshine. Luckily I only have to cross the Mighty Mississippi and venture to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul.

Pushboat Operations on the Mississippi

Pushboat Operations on the Mississippi

After setting up a shot of this mooring chain and the barges behind it, I was set upon by this pushboat and it’s crew. I had no idea they were coming, just one of those joyful coincidences of a daily photographer.

Fireball How-to

Fireball How-to

Behind the scenes of the Dragon Ball photo shoot, you can see Preston and Nick assembling the elements of light. Preston (on the left) is igniting a flammable substance from a can (I know what it was, but in the interests of responsibility, I’m not telling you) and Nick is waving a cool blue light stick to create a ‘force field’ then posing for the strobe light. You can see what the image is supposed to look like by checking out the photos taken by 2 dozen + other photographers that were there (on the far side of the action).

Fireball Location

Fireball Location

Here’s a wide-angle behind the scene view of the ‘LOW LIGHT SERIES – Light Painting! (Fire Breathing Dragons, Lasers, and Magic!)’ photo shoot the other night that my past few photos are from.

Post Industrial Orb of Fire

Post Industrial Orb of Fire

Here is another ‘Orb of Fire’ from the Photography Meetup Group, similar to the one from Friday, this one has the fire interacting with the environment more. I love the way the sparks are hitting the ground in the bottom right of the image.

Fireball One - In the River

Fireball One – In the River

I attended a Meetup Group last night titled: LOW LIGHT SERIES – Light Painting! (Fire Breathing Dragons, Lasers, and Magic!). It was a lot of fun, I learned a few tricks and got some great shots! Here’s ‘The Orb of Light’ in the river. More fire to come…

NFO Grain Car

NFO Grain Car

I love strange nonstandard rolling stock, well, not really love it, but it’s pretty cool, up there with mismatched locomotive consists. Probably better than mismatched consists. Anyhow, no idea where this old girl is headed, but I’m sure she’s seen a lot of the midwest.

Heading into Pig's Eye Yard

Heading into Pig’s Eye Yard

Rainy overcast days are no fun in the city, but a grungy rail yard they are magical. I love the reflections and mismatched engines. Did you notice the signal workmen? They didn’t seem to care that I was there either. Stay tuned this week for more heavy equipment and disturbed vegetation.