Lake of the Isles
One of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Lake of the Isles is the Northern most lake.
Lake of the Isles Bridge RepairThe last of the winter blues are on the run. This spring, the renovations around Lake of the Isles are almost complete. The shoreline fences are gone, the waterplants are doing well, the paths are all in place and they are currently cleaning and regrouting the bridges. Next on the schedule is the roads. They will be repaving the parkway which is in terrible shape. The dump trucks used to landscape the lake really beat up the road, so they waited to fix the roads after they were done, so sense in damaging a new road.
The LagoonJust got back from visiting my parents in Kenosha, Wisconsin. I'm running behind today, so you get to enjoy a backup photo of my lagoon. One block from my home is this lagoon between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. I think the lily pads are new this year. Stay tuned! I came back through the Wisconsin Dells area and took photos of the great missing Lake Delton; I even walked on the bottom of the lake. Last week, the damn collapsed and the whole lake washed down river leaving a mucky whole in the middle of a summer resort town — very tragic for the people and businesses there. I suggest they change the name the Delton Dry Lake, like Groom Dry Lake. It might draw a new, if interesting crowd. If you don't know where or what Groom Dry Lake is, you probably sleep at night.
Change is in the AirSpring is in the air, the woodpeckers are on the wing, snow is trying to melt, and mitchster.com has a new theme! I am working on changing the look of mitchster so that I can add a lot of new stuff, like the recent comments and posts on the right, and articles about other things besides photography. I was having fun with the old look, but this one is bigger and gives me more flexibility. I have plans to bring back the glow-in-the-dark duck (that's him in regular light above), but I needed to make this layout work first. Let me know what you think! This Downy Woodpecker was singing and fluttering around Lake of The Isles with a friend of a feather. Can't tell if they are mates, I haven't figured out the difference between the males and females. Good thing I'm not a Downy Woodpecker eh? I found a neat factoid on WhatBird.com — A group of woodpeckers has many collective nouns, including "a descent of woodpeckers", "a drumming of woodpeckers", and a "gatling of woodpeckers." I have a big list of animal group names, I'll have to find it and post it soon. I'm pretty excited to be working on Mitchster.com a little more now, I just completed a few websites and have some more time during the day. If you are curious, here's the three jobs I just finished: