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Uptown Lagoon Still Green

Uptown Lagoon Still Green

Morning over the Lagoon. The days are numbered for the soon-to-be fleeting color green as the cold snap over the weekend is starting to take it’s toll in the trees in the area. The trees on Raspberry island on Lake of the Isles has a few trees starting to turn.  The Bridge on the right is the Uptown Greenway as it passes over the Chain of Lakes.

Train Crossing the Midtown Greenway

Train Crossing the Midtown Greenway

I love the network of trails in Minneapolis! The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy tries to convert abandoned railroad right-of-ways to trails, but here in Minneapolis the trails share them. Around mid-morning, the trains are very active as the cross-country trains come in and the trans-yard trains begin the daily shuffle. This guy is from the Twin Cities and Western (TC&W), the morning train usually has three engines, which isn’t that interesting, but I looked up their website and found that they only have eight of them, so it’s almost half of all their motive power.  It’s fun being a geek in the land of infinite information…

I love summer on the prairie…

Martin Sabo Bridge on The Midtown Greenway

Martin Sabo Bridge on The Midtown Greenway

Early Morning bike ride on the Midtown Greenway. With all this beautiful weather, I’ve been getting out on the bike a lot more. I bought a small Point & Shoot camera that I can bring with me. I took this one with it and hopefully I’ll have more for you soon. Hauling the big camera around on the bike is a lot of work and potentially damaging to it — lots of mechanical parts in there I’d hate to vibrate to death.  This bridge looks great at night too!

Beehive Fireplace, Lilac Park

Beehive Fireplace, Lilac Park

A few years ago I walked down to the sad little stone construction I noticed on my way to and from work. It was some form of fireplace, sadly left in the middle of a dangerous cloverleaf along highway 100 at 7. Recently this relic, which I’ve found out to be a Beehive Fireplace, has found a new home and has been lovingly restored. It’s been moved a short distance to a new park called Lilac Park, just off the Midtown Greenway Bike Trail at Highway 100.

 

There’s trail access, a handicap accessible bathroom and a few of the original picnic tables from when Hwy 100 was Lilac Way. It was constructed as a parkway and was the largest WPA project in the state. The Golden Valley Garden Club planted Lilacs along the parkway. Also, I just discovered the Nordic Ware tower right next to the park was “the first circular concrete grain elevator in the United States, and possibly in the world.”

Infrared Greenway Bike Trail in Minneapolis

Infrared Greenway Bike Trail in Minneapolis

Here’s yesterday’s location, only in infrared. I keep forgetting that I can do this. I waited all winter for the bright green foliage of summer so that I could take my infrared camera out.

As you can see from these two photos, the foliage reflects infrared light so they appear as crystal white masses. The sky goes black and the clouds go white. There are special cameras for taking infrared, but a lot of point-and-shoots can do it. I’m using a Sony F828 for this. If your P&S has a “night mode”, then it probably does a decent job of infrared. The easy way to test it is to point your TV remote at the camera lens and push a button. If you see a light coming from the remote on the screen, your camera see IR. Then you need a filter. Light colors are measured in wavelengths and the filters are numbered accordingly, 720nm, 820nm and 1000nm are the common ones. The first two do a good job, the 1000nm is hard to work with, with so little light, you need a tripod.

If y’all like these, I’ll take some more…