This is the underside of the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, MN. To get the best view of the ships as they enter the canal going to or from Lake Superior I suggest you stay at the South Pier Inn which you can see in the background. Lovely rooms and suites.
Since I cannot resist a man carrying flowers I chatted with Mike who was very easy to approach. A recent transplant from San Francisco, Mike bought this bouquet at a small satellite Farmers Market behind the Starbucks and Barnes & Noble store in my Highland Park neighborhood. Despite the cruel, cold winter of 2010-11, Mike claims that he likes it here. Seems an unlikely environment after the City by the Bay. He chose a good neighborhood in which to live and resides within walking distance of all the stores and shops. Bet I'll see him again.
On a short day trip from St. Paul to Duluth to see the Three Tall Ships, I ran into these three sisters. When we met on a path that skirts the harbor, I asked if their bright pink shirts were the traditional breast cancer shirts. Nope, the three of them were celebrating Maggie, the youngest sister's 60th birthday. They turned around so that I could see and photograph their birth ranks. Top Photo: Penny on the far left is from the Twin Cities, Sue hails from the Chicago area, and Maggie is from Colorado but works in Singapore. The sisters get together several times a year, and from what I could observe, they have a grand time together.
These two pieces were in the art gallery in July at Freedom Park, a small oasis along the banks of the Mississippi in Prescott, Wisconsin, which is a regular stop on our frequent road trips alongside my favorite river.
To see more ABC Wednesday posts with a variety of "A" posts, go here!
I'd howl too if someone had tethered me that close to a fence! When the owner saw me taking photos, he crossed the parking lot, untied the dogs and brought them to the table where he and his noisy family were enjoying coffee and considerably more leg room than these animals. Now, at least, the dogs themselves got more comfortable . Bloggers strike again!
To see more camera critters from blogs around the world, click here.
A friend suggested that I join Flickr's 365 Days group which mandates that one posts a different self-portrait each day for one whole year. I thought about it, checked into it, and thought momentarily that I'd give it a whirl. Jim came into the room as I was photographing my feet, ankles, shoes, and hands so Jim asked what was possessing me. I showed him the site, with many hilarious as well as quite professional photos, but he just stared at me and left the room shaking his head. I think I lost his support. After more careful consideration, I think I'll delay my decision until clearer heads prevail. CDP keeps me busy enough!
These are platters of Zen stones made by Peter, a former middle school student of mine who is now a very creative and successful glass blower. If you go HERE, you will see a copy of a wall hanging that Peter made for me. Because it is in my front entryway, I touch the stones when I leave my home and when I return. Reminds me of Zen principles and what is important in life.
To see more remarkable ABC WEDNESDAY posts, go here.
Last Sunday I posted several views of the Ford Parkway Bridge. After walking halfway across it, I can show you the upstream view taken from that bridge, looking north. In the distance you can see the Lake Street bridge and behind it, barely a glimpse of one of the buildings on the University of Minnesota campus. How I miss my alma mater...so much energy there!
Looking south there is a glimpse of what you will see if you decide to brave the dams and canoe down the Mississippi to the Gulf. Quite a lovely and challenging sight, isn't it?
To see more Sunday bridges, click here, and visit Louis La Vache's meme today.