Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Memories-ABC Wednesday "C"; Taphophile Tragics

Quiet Little Church
Picturesque Cemetery
Long lost relatives

This is the church and the cemetery where my parents and other members of my family are buried in Maplewood, Wisconsin.  It's a quiet little hamlet, reminiscent of small European towns.  Whenever we drive to Door County we make a stop here.  The graveyard is a perfect little place for a picnic, too.

The large tree is where we normally enjoy our meal among our long lost relatives, chief among whom are my parents, brother and his wife, and infant sister.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Extraordinary Woman and Volunteer

 Lover of Greyhounds
Makes Kelly an Exception--
 Owner of Thirteen Dogs!

Meet Kelly from Rochester, Minnesota. I stopped and spoke with her at the MN Greyhound Rescue booth at the St. Paul Highland Art Festival. With her were three dogs that represent some of the dogs available for adoption. Kelly herself owns 13 Greyhounds! Living with them in the house with 3 kids must be an incredible experience! Kelly has been volunteering for 6 years now and is currently a co-director of the MN Greyhound Rescue. I'll post photos of the dogs next Saturday on the Camera Critters meme.
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Photo Shoot

Granddaughter and I
A Photo Shoot Together
Many Local Scenes

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Camera Critter
Floats Lazily - St Kate's Pond
Peaceful Afternoon

One of my granddaughter's favorite activity is visiting and feeding the ducks on the pond on St. Kate's campus, located behind our house.  As long as we bring food, they are most cooperative.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Light and Distance

Our Capitol Dome
Building is seen from afar
Sky bathes it in light

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Coal Fired Pizza

Glowing Coals Afire
Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza
Best Thin Crust in Town !!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


DH benched again...
After two college seasons
Quickly quit football!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Beached boat with no bay
No backwater nor bayou
Summon Sailors now!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

What's Next?

Sunday... Fiber Art
Today...Tattoos Are in Style
Tuesday...Ship Ahoy!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fiber Art

Annual Art Fair
Trio of  Fiber Art Dolls
Talented Artist

  Barbara Riegel Bend is a sculptural fiber artist in Roberts, Wisconsin.  Her booth was one of the most colorful at the St. Kate's Art Fair, an annual event which is held on the green campus lawn of the university. It's a sea of white tents with juried arts and crafts of all kinds.

Saturday, July 21, 2012


A Bird in the Bush
Better than Bird in the Hand
Hidden Among Reeds

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Blowin' in the Wind

A Powerful Windy Night
Frail Tree Blowin' in the Wind
Tumbles to the Ground!

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The next best time is now.  ~Chinese Proverb

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The August theme day is...Numbers

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Woman's Sunflowers
A market vendor sells them
Sunny Summer Days

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012


An Arboreteum?
No, Just a Floral Delight
Someone Loves Flowers

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Meet Maggie who was the flower girl and is the niece of the bride at the wedding we just recently attended.

Today marks the beginning of another round of ABC WEDNESDAY and what better way to begin than with this angelic-looking little girl.  It is also the last of the wedding photos which I have previously posted.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Meet Cristina

Meet Cristina from Bucharest, Romania. We met her in a very fine restaurant in Bailey's Harbor, Door County, WI called the Harbor Fish Market and Grill. Cristina comes to the County each summer to work as a hostess and staff member in one of the restaurants there. Three years ago she participated in a students' Work and Travel program, and lucky for her and us, she was assigned to Door County. She is a personable and beautiful young woman and served us very well at breakfast the day after the fourth of July.
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Jazz Fest Regular-#7

This woman, a Jazz Fest regular, appears every year clothed in passion pink or Kelly Green. I wonder what color she'll come up with next year.? She really needs three shades since the festival is three days long...one for each day.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Jazz Fest #6

A Belly Dancer
Promotes the Renaissance Fair
Music the Attraction?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

No longer a stranger!

Julie is a librarian in a Minnesota Public School system and is very knowledgable and expert on Children's literature. I initially "met" her on the internet where we both post on our individual photo blogs. We recently met for real at the Como Park Pavilion in St. Paul, Minnesota and discovered that we have lots in common: love of literature, a shared desire to learn more about photography, great satisfaction in teaching children and adolescents, and former Wisconsin residents...she from Wausau and I from Green Bay. What fun it is to blog and then meet "the stranger!"
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ABC WEDNESDAY-"Z"-ZANY Village Cuisine

 I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the so-called appetizer that was brought to the table next to ours at the outdoor patio where we were dining. At the time I thought it was pretty unusual.  The small French fried onion rings were molded into a rectangular shape about the size of a regular bread loaf. The five men who were preparing to feast on it were pretty good sports and let me photograph the appetizer. I still think it is unusual but also pretty disgusting.  After eating this unusual appetizer, they all ordered huge hamburgers! Equally amazing, during our meal, three more patrons ordered the same appetizer.  I can assure you that the other cuisine we ate in Door County restaurants were more sophisticated and far more appealing.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

ABC WEDNESDAY-"Z"- Z is for...? Jazz Fest #5

The music was loud and the crowd was large, but Michael certainly did stand out in the crowd!  Born in St. Paul, he did not always live here, but moved around a bit yet returned to the city of his birth.  I commented on his colorful clothing, the material of which came from west Africa.  Michael does not consider himself a designer but he created his outfit himself. Like all jazz afficionados, he was enjoying the music and talent at the 14th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Fest held in Mears Park in St. Paul.

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Monday, July 09, 2012

The Wedding Party

Meet the newlyweds, Catherine and Luke

Matron of Honor: Lori, friend of the bride; Bridesmaids are Samanatha and Elizabeth, daughters of the bride.

At one time Catherine was our own children's favorite babysitter.  Her family and ours were quite close, and we've  maintained our friendship and connection through the years.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Captain Charlie

Captain Charlie piloted the cruise ship, The Grand Duchess, on the St. Croix River where we attended a wedding and reception on July 1st. Born in Iowa he found his way to Minnesota and Wisconsin with the rivers, lakes and streams. He wouldn't live anywhere else now while enjoying his own boat docked in Prescott, WI, when he's not taking passengers up and down the river.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Camera Critters-Canadian Geese

While waiting for our meal on the patio of a restaurant close to a marshy lake area,we watched a group of Canadian Geese feasting on their own repast.
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Friday, July 06, 2012

Jazz Fest #4-Meet Mayor Coleman

Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was identified as one of the people who help make the annual Jazz Fest possible by throwing his political support to the group that organizes it, which is pretty sophisticated after 14 years of development.

 Although it's called The Twin Cities Jazz Fest, it should be named The Saint Paul Jazz Fest because it is now held in beautiful Mears Park downtown with neighborhood volunteers taking care of the venue...planting flowers, taking care of the park and then doing necessary clean-up and care after the festival is over.  Surprising how cooperative the crowds are over this annual 3-day affair; thousands of people actually are pretty careful to limit damage and trash. St. Paul Police offer security so people are pretty well-behaved, despite the availability of beer and wine. It's a terrific community gathering for terrific jazz music, getting bigger and better with each passing year.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Jazz Fest #3

Baritone Saxophonist Lauren Sevian was a delightful addition to the otherwise all-male musicians in Marsalis' group.  Her solos were met with a round of applause and many cheers!  Wonder why?

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Yum, Yum, Yummy-ABC WEDNESDAY: "W"

Oh they're so fresh and fine
And they're just off the vine
Strawberries, strawberries, strawberries
"The Strawberry Woman" Porgy and Bess

Virgin Raspberry Daiquiri
3 oz raspberry puree
2 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 tsp caster sugar 
1/2 oz raspberry syrup      

Blend briefly with half a glassful of crushed ice in a wine goblet. Garnish with raspberries, and serve.

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