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.

Purple Flowers

Purple Flowers

I’ve made it this far, time to stop and smell the roses. Try out the tag surfer on the right, that list of keywords at are all different sizes — you might find something unusual!

Library Park

Library Park

The Walker Library on the corner of Hennepin and Lagoon, across from the Uptown theater is oddly underground. I haven’t figured out if it’s a fallout shelter or just nuclear-war chic. It reminds me of the UW Parkside campus in Kenosha, designed in the 70s with student riot control in mind. It’s an unusual look which draws the eye, but a kin to casting an imaginative glance toward the big crash barriers around overpasses on the highway. Impressive design, but disturbing to imagine it doing it’s intended job.

The Walker’s big shinny “Library” letters hearken it’s namesake, The Walker Art Center in their brutal post-industrial socialist overstatement of the obvious.

Keeping in line with the whole socialist dreamscape, it has at least one bum sleeping on a bench at all times.

Oxygen Store - Saturday Moment of Zen

Oxygen Store – Saturday Moment of Zen

Now that we all buy our water in bottles when it’s actually pretty much free from the tap, the market is ready to sell us air. Yep, that’s what they are selling, cheery colorful cans of oxygen. It comes in Peppermint and Pink Grapefruit flavor. Pink Grapefruit tastes like air, haven’t tried my sample of peppermint yet. Only in Edina, eh?

Paddle Boats

Paddle Boats

Sixty-four years ago today the allied forces landed in Normandy. As Radio Free Europe played Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Operation Overlord had begun. In the largest single-day invasion of all time, over 130,000 troops landed and 46,000 died on the beaches of France that day to liberate Europe and end Nazi occupation.

Minnesota is literally the Land of Lakes and that’s where we spend most of our FREE time in the summer. Take a moment this week to remember the sacrifices of those incredible men, what they were doing, what they were fighting against and the freedom we enjoy today because of them.

Oh yeah, this is the paddle boat rental on Lake Calhoun. A very pleasant place to spend the summer, it’s not France, but it’s peaceful and only two blocks from my house.