I went to the Como Zoo & Conservatory with my Cousin Jenny to see the animals. I tend to forget that we have a zoo right here in the big city. This statue of a gorilla named Don, who was a guess a bit of a star back in the day. Now he sits immortalized outside the primate building giving a side-long glace at the patrons as they shuffle past. Something about a bronze gorilla in the snow…
Happy Fourth of July! Have fun, but be safe, ’cause we’re watching you.
The city of Minneapolis has added ‘green’ bike lanes and by green, I mean they painted the whole lane green. Very strange. Not a color you usually see on a street. Reminds me of the movie ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ where Audrey dreams of a house with a painted green concrete lawn. Oh yes, have you ever noticed that when the city opens a manhole, they never put it back so it lines up with how it was painted?
Just a little something for those of you who get up early for this day of savings. I however, am staying in bed.
These cars we built in Germany from 1961-65, they didn’t sell as well as the company hoped, but of the 4000 sold, over 700 of them are still in use. Pretty neat little toy, just perfect for the land of 10,000 lakes (actually 11,842). One of my clients, painter Carl Bretzke has one and has painted it; you can see it here along with his other paintings.
Winter takes it’s toll eventually; pretty soon everything needs to have the Christmas-tree treatment. Extra credit: find Mr. Bill.
Are you my Mummy? The wind was almost non-existent and the kites would occasionally float down to the ground. A bad day for kite fliers, but a good day for kids and clever photographers.
Oh the horrors of snow management.
On one of my safaris across the lake I encountered this pair just sitting in the middle of the lake. Not fishing, just sitting. Nothing going on, no kite boarders, nothing really at all. I switched to my long lens to drag the shoreline in and moved to position the sun to catch the glint of the ice.
Just as I was ready to shoot, the one got up to take a picture of the other. The spectators themselves became the spectacle and they knew it too.
In the instant of the open shutter, when I’m actually working and intentionally doing nothing at the same time; the true photographic moment of zen, I called all three of us into question.
Created by Cameron Gainer, the Lake Creature at it is known, prowls the great Chain of Lakes which includes Lake Harriet (shown), Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles and Cedar lake. The Creature moved over the weekend to the Northern end of Lake of the Isles, just off Franklin Avenue.