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Everything Must Grow

Everything Must Grow

The Birch Pharmacy at the corner of Hennepin and Franklin closed some time ago, but something is definitely growing in its place. They have replaced all the windows and tuck-pointed the building, someone is spending a lot of money on this old structure! I look forward to sharing what ever is ‘growing’ in this location!

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.

Photographers take over St. Paul Como Conservatory

Photographers take over St. Paul Como Conservatory

The Camera and Artist Event at Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, St. Paul Minnesota – every few months the Conservatory opens early on Sunday and allows photographers to bring their tripods in. I felt so out of place, I decided to leave the tripod at home and just enjoy my time there. It was such a sunny morning, the tripod seemed unnecessary. If I wanted to use a tight aperture I could have brought the tripod, but if you are familiar with my style, you’ll notice I really enjoy the shallow DOF of a big lens.

Fruit from the Ball Bering Tree

Fruit from the Ball Bering Tree

Fruit from the Ball Bering Tree or Wide-angle vs. Wide-angle.

I went to the Minnesota Arboretum this Sunday with Matt, Bob and Rob (Mitch, Matt, Bob & Rob ha!). We had a great time enjoying the beginning of the Minnesota summer: a wonderful thing. We are all suffering from LAS (lens acquisition syndrome) and make a good set, 2 Nikon, 2 Canon. It was like two beer drinkers and two winos out for a night on the town without any sober buzz-killers around. In fact, there were cameras all over the arboretum that Sunday morning — like regulars at the hottest club in town. One couple we saw had more gear than us, but were rude in an odd way; the heavy-drinking jerks of the night. So, like any good addiction bender, I eventually ended up face-down on the ground, in front of the Ball Bring Tree.

The Ball Bering Tree, as I like to call it, is a big sturdy oak with garden globes scattered around under it. When we saw it, all of us gasped and ran to it like moths to a bug-zapper. This is my favorite shot from the moment; a self-portrait in a way — you can tell it’s me by the Smokey The Bear hat. I am actually mere inches from the globe, but with my Tamron 11-18 Ultra Wide Angle lens it’s hard to tell. With the over-cast sky, plenty of light was still able to filter in between my lens and the ball, so it still worked out.

For those of you who know Matt (Ravsitar from Tips from the Top Floor) you will recognize him in his signature orange shirt on the left by the tulip field next to Bob.

So get outside, enjoy the weather and find a new perspective — you might even find yourself.