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.
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.
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.
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.
The pond in the North Garden is one of the most peaceful places in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park. I think the statue is of Francis of Assisi, but I’m not sure. If you know, please comment.
The North Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a “living grocery, pharmacy and building supply store.” It has papaya, pomegranate, fig, mahogany and chocolate as well as a really nice little pond with statues and is stocked with poi.
I really enjoy the Como Conservatory in the winter, it’s strangely pleasant to be uncomfortably warm, surrounded by high humidity.
I went to the Como Conservatory to ‘get a little green’ and found that the Sunken Garden is closed for planting. If you ever wondered what it looks like without all the beautiful flowers, well, here you go. You can see the garden with flowers on my buddy Dusty’s site. Fear not, I found plenty to photograph in the rest of the conservatory. Tune in over the coming days to see…
It’s finally snowed up here in the great midwestern plains. It’s been a long wait, last year at this time, we’d had 9 major snow storms and we had completely run out of places to put it. As Joe Soucheray would say, we needed to practice ‘space management’ in a big way.
As you can see from this image, it’s barely any snow at all, yet the highways are stopped and everyone’s driving like a Floridian.