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.

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.

Barrels of Fun

Barrels of Fun

Ever wonder what the Parks Department does with the garbage barrels in the winter? It seems I found where they hide them. Goes to show that in the right light, everything looks good.

Misery and Short Life Rumbles through Kenwood

Misery and Short Life Rumbles through Kenwood

Never forget, Minneapolis is still a major railroad junction. This is the Twin Cities & Western line and that is three of their eight engines heading westbound through Kenwood on what used to be the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad’s main line out of the city. Their yards used to be where the Sam’s club is now, which is where St. Louis Park got it’s name. One of their lines went through the town in South Dakota that my dad grew up in. Out there, it had the nickname ‘Misery and Short Life Railroad’ — from the abbreviation ‘M & St. L RR’ on the engines.

Little Bunch of Leaves on the Lake

Little Bunch of Leaves on the Lake

I found this little bunch of leaves near the shore. Not really sure if it was attached to something under the snow or if it fell off. I plunked down on my belly and shot it with my macro lens wide open to get the shallow depth of field but with sharp details in the focused area. The low glancing light from the setting sun lit it perfectly. Nature has such detail and beauty, even in the windswept cold of winter.

Icehenge Construction for the Luminary Loppet

Icehenge Construction for the Luminary Loppet

The Luminary Loppet is scheduled for this Saturday. I’m not sure if it’s going to happen with all the warm weather we’ve had this week. This photo is of the Icehenge under construction. You can see what it looked like last year here. I had a lot of fun taking this photo, shooting into the sun is not a recommended, but once in a while it works.