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.

Little Snowman

Little Snowman

I found this little snowman looking out to sea near the shore of a frozen Lake of the Isles.

Industrial Haze in the Snow - Theme Day

Industrial Haze in the Snow – Theme Day

Where does the steam cloud end and the snow begin? Lately I have been noticing that power lines make a nice addition to a photo if you place them correctly. I used to try to avoid them or remove them in post, but now I think I like them. This photo is part of the CDPB Theme series for March first: ‘Electricity’ Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Also, Today is the 1000th photo posted to Mitchster.com!

Wierd Land Art on Ice

Wierd Land Art on Ice

I had to trudge over the frozen lake to check this out. Someone dragged three fallen trees out onto Cedar Lake and build a little freelance Land Art. Pretty cool actually, I wonder if it was for the Loppet cross-country ski race that never happened. The trail for the ski race goes right past this.

Cattails in the Sun

Cattails in the Sun

Golden Brown cattails plus the Golden Hour light equals yummy.

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

The sun peaks up over the Cedar Corridor prairie. Sometimes it’s fun to stare at the sun.

False Hope

False Hope

It’s Friday, the end of the week and the end of the series on rusted railroad details. For the end, I decided to go with this beautiful disaster, False Hope caught my eye and inspired me to go overboard on post-processing to turn it into a valentine. I removed all the color except the red and shifted some others to white or red. Don’t worry, I’m ok, I just liked the image and the mood it creates. Have a great weekend!

Western Fruit Express Company

Western Fruit Express Company

In 1965, the American Security and Trust Company’s leased this fruit-hauling boxcar to the Western Fruit Express Company. Unfortunately, nearly 50 years later, this poor old U. Series piece of equipment appears to have been left outside unattended and subjected to the weather and nefarious spray-can-wielding vandals.

Old Number 5059

Old Number 5059

This is the prow of a retired locomotive at the Minnesota Commercial Railroad roundhouse in St. Paul. Look closely, the number is actually 5059, the 50 has been painted over.

Red Great Northern Boxcar

Red Great Northern Boxcar

This week,  I’m showing some of my graffiti-covered railroad close-ups.

Graffiti-strewn Boxcar

Graffiti-strewn Boxcar

I love taking photos like this. Old rusty boxcars are a tapestry of textures and colors. Ok, I admit, I do a lot of post-processing to draw out the colors, but the final effect is fun to look at. I have a few more, so come back this week and enjoy!