River Walk Reflections

River Walk Reflections

Look closely, there’s someone walking into the frame on the right. I love the peace and quiet of a snowstorm. A good time to reflect.

This is part of a series that I took along the Mississippi River during the beginnings of a snowstorm. The first post is King Boreas Returns.

Renaissance Infrared with Puffy Clouds

Renaissance Infrared with Puffy Clouds

I just love the way trees come out in infrared! Throw in a few puffy clouds and we’re good to go…

Joust at the Renfest

Joust at the Minnesota Renfest

The Renfest opened this weekend! It was nice to get out to see the shows and hang out with the highly interesting. A friend of mine got a gig at the Renfest this summer at the Joust, way to go Ani!

City Hawk

City Hawk

Big Brother may be watching you, but Mother Nature also mounts high-powered eyes on telephone poles downtown.

Land Shark

Land Shark

The mighty Land Shark of Hot Sam’s looms over Interstate 35 keeping a watchful eye on the morning commuters. I wonder what stories this beast has, was it from a carnival? Who starts their day saying ‘I’m making a shark that fits on a trailer today!’?

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.

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.

The Glorious Engine

The Glorious Engine

Yesterday I ventured out with my buddy Dusty to explore the yards of the Minnesota Commercial Railroad. We stopped in the office to pick up our permission form and went exploring. You’ll see a lot of railroad photos on my site, please keep in mind, I am a professional, do not attempt this at home! All kidding aside, seek permission where you can and be careful. Trains cannot stop. You hear all kinds of analogies about how heavy they are, but here’s the numbers for an average train: 3 locomotives at 420,000 lbs each with 75 cars at 260,000 lbs each = 20,760,000 lbs or 10,380 tons. That’s heavier than than the WWII Cruiser USS Springfield; a 610ft blue-water warship with 56 guns. And… Navy Warships go much slower than the average train, so that whole force=mass x acceleration thingy means it’s going to hurt even more.