Minneapolis Daily Photoblog

A photo outpost on the edge of the great western prairie, Minneapolis Daily Photoblog records life in the beautiful rugged northern land of Minnesota. Minneapolis is a bustling metropolis with beautiful greenspaces, rivers and truly epic winters. This unique city was created by the railroad and lumber barons in the wild frontier leaving lots of awesomely rusty hulks and quiet wooded corridors to photograph.

Lunar Eclipse

Pre-Eclipse Moon

Last night was the fourth in a tetrad of lunar eclipses. It was also a super, blood and harvest moon. I love all the misinformed and confused explanations out there about it. So here’s the cheat sheet edition:
Lunar Eclipse: The earth’s shadow passes over the moon.
Tetrad: Four Total Lunar Eclipses in two years.
Super Moon: The moon is on the close side of it’s elliptical path, slightly closer, slightly bigger.
Blood Moon: Religious term, means total eclipse not partial, or a series of total eclipses with no partials in between.
Harvest Moon: Full moon at harvest time.

This is the first lunar eclipse that I have photographed with my Newest 36 Megapixel Nikon. I used my 600mm catadioptric lens with a 2x teleconverter so I had 24x magnification with a highly croppable image. Here’s my favorite of the moon before the eclipse began, so this is the super harvest moon version.


Graffiti Boxcar Twin Cities & Western

The Twin Cities and Western engines quietly pull their freight through the woods along the Kenilworth Trail in Minneapolis. This is the site of the proposed Southwest Light Rail train. It’s a beautiful trail that is used by commuters and recreational bikers, including me. One of the great perks of living in an otherwise crowded Uptown.

Carin in the Woods

Cairn in the Woods

Along a path near Cedar Lake, I found the work of the mysterious Carin Builder of Uptown. It seems the neighborhood dogs like it too.

The Bridge to Cedar Lake in Winter

The Bridge to Cedar Lake in Winter

This bridge is on the western side of Lake of the Isles and signals the entrance to the long channel to Cedar Lake.

Downy Woodpecker

Thoughtful Downy Woodpecker

Found this little fella scoping out the neighborhood in anticipation of spring. I wonder where Mrs. Woodpecker is?

Bob Davis as Howard Hughs

Bob Davis as Howard Hughes

My client Bob Davis, podcaster and former radio co-host on Davis & Emmer has recently acquired a new (to him) vehicle, the “Mobile Podcast Command” is an ambulance that is now all decked out and painted. The day he took ownership of it, before it was painted, Bob and I went to measure the beast for the exterior graphics. Bob had the brilliant idea of posing as Howard Hughes on the command deck of the MPC! Learn more about the website I created for him here.


Fledgeling Great Horned Owl Napping

This is the other owl fledgeling, sleeping peacefully in a tree.

Napping Great Horned Owl

Napping Great Horned Owl

This is the mother of yesterday’s Fledgeling Owl in a Box. She was napping a few trees away from her young.

great horned owl fledgleling

Great Horned Owl Fledgeling in the Box

Could you call this a Box Owl? My cousin Jenny found out about a new family of owls at Silverwood Park in Saint Anthony. The mother and her two fledgelings were out and about and ready for us. But as nocturnal birds, they were pretty sleepy for the most part.

Winter Respit

Winter Respite

I found this little scene upstream from the  Minnehaha Falls. There’s something about park benches…

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.