Friday, May 29, 2015


Arriving early for a performance of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, we often sit in Rice Park, located across the street from the Ordway Performance Center.  Watching the people who visit this tiny square oasis is always interesting.  I noticed this sleeping man who seemed more well-dressed than most homeless people I have observed downtown. Minutes after I had discretely photographed him, a cyclist approached with a small paper bag, awakened the man, and gave the bag to him. The man on the bike sped off much too fast for a photo--he did not look like a messenger or delivery person and no cash was exchanged.  The man removed a rather tired looking sandwich from the bag, ate it and then reclined and went back to sleep, making me wonder:  was this a scene between a Good Samaritan and a homeless person, between friends or what??


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lovely Lilacs

Despite a misty and rainy day my small lilac bushes make my heart sing!

The tall fence was erected by our neighbor who prefers more privacy whereas I like wide, open spaces.

Linking to good fences.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New Marketing Technique-Signs

A new real estate sign-new marketing technique.

Linking to Signs, Signs

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Meet Maid Marion

On a rainy afternoon I stepped out my front door to go marketing , walking down the street, framed nicely for a photo, I met Maid Marion. On her way to a hardware story to get the screen repaired she gracious consented to having her portrait taken.  While chatting I learned that she originally is from Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, where I once lived while sowing my wild oats, but she is now living in Minnesota. In my neighborhood! She went to Grinnell for college,  and we discovered another coincidence. While in school she knew another student whom I taught when he was in high school where I used to teach.  I love all these little human connections and surprises!


Monday, May 25, 2015

Fort Snelling Military Cemetery-Memorial Day, 2015

The Crosses
I stood there before the crosses 
glowing white in row on row
Everyone a young life cut short
as the names upon them show.


“Voices of boys were by the river-side.
Sleep mothered them; and left the twilight sad.” 

An Irish Airman foresees His Death

I KNOW that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate
Those that I guard I do not love;
        —Wm Butler Yeats

High Flight
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
— John Gillespie Magee,

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Spires/Steeples

A few weeks ago I decided to photograph church steeples of various denominations to see if there is a correlation between religion and the architecture of the spires. After a few snapshots and posts,  I have lost interest and find the theme a bit boring so this is the last photo of its kind until I am able to revive interest in my steeple chase.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Australian Shepherds-Camera Critters

A few weeks ago I posted photos of a charming neighborhood I found quite by accident.  While sitting in its small park, one of the residents greeted me when she walked by with her two Australian Shepherd dogs, both rescue animals. The beautiful animals are friendly and well-trained.  Alas, I lost misplaced all my notes, but I found the dogs and their owner so extraordinary that I'm posting without the most basic information about them.  Just enjoy!!

Linking to Camera Critters & Saturday's Critters

Friday, May 22, 2015

Custom Bike Racks

These customized bike racks certainly are attractive and so different than the usual commercial racks but I wonder about how to use them, especially if a number of bikes are involved.  So far I have never seen multiple bikes attached to one of these modern racks,

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Green Grass and Shadows

This is a somewhat nondescript but sweet little fence along the walkway of a busy sidewalk.

Linking to Good Fences

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Workers Unite! Signs, Signs!!

Can't disagree with this sign!  Wish our politicians would see, read  and pay attention to this!!