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.

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.