Sunday, October 13, 2019

Lake Michigan Sunrise

A week's vacation on Rowley's Cove near Ellison Bay, Door County, Wisconsin at 7 a.m.
 Sunday, October 13. Beautiful Lake Michigan
Beautiful autumn leaves, which I will photograph and post later. 
Bracing wind, fluttering pine branches, white-capped waves. and glorious sunrise

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Mural: Soaring bird

This is a detail of a much larger mural on the side of a building in Stillwater, MN, a popular tourist town not far from St. Paul.  I was captivated by this image but failed to photograph the whole scene.  I guess I'll have to return to get the entire mural.  There are  many eagles and hawks along the Mississippi River, and we all seem to be drawn to them, real or not!

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Autumn in the 'Hood

After a week of rain (which I do not mind at all) the day is filled with sunshine. I am always interested in how some trees decide to show their colors, like this one where half the leaves are still green and others are turning.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Gourmet Food!

This may not look like much, and the decor probably can be described as really "old-fashioned" but the food is fantastic. Located about 45 minutes from Saint Paul on a rural road just outside of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, it is a very pleasant drive that we make about 3-4 times a year. We usually arrive early,  and the place is packed when we leave. The Shady Grove has a loyal clientele! The food is extraordinary gourmet fare and the wine list is good!

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Mellow Yellow

I have been in love with Santa Fe and all points of New Mexico for years!

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Fly Me to the Moon!

Until I can get a bit more organized, I decided to "mine my archives." This photo was taken at St. Paul's Minnesota History Museum in 2004.  I need to go back to see if it is still there or placed elsewhere in the building.  Although this kind of aircraft has been replaced by faster, sleeker jets, it has an important place in our historical world.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Orange: Theme Day, October, 2019

I knew that I wanted to avoid anything related to Halloween or flowers or pumpkins for this theme  day, yet autumn is really unavoidable. On September 23 I posted a photo of the Mississippi River in all its glory, which reminded me of my door wreath, my choice for today. I try to hang a seasonal wreath on my front door, and how delighted I was to snag this one at Goodwill recently! Click here to  see more Theme Day photos.

Sunday, September 29, 2019


Before it gets much colder, forcing the butterflies to flee, I need to dust off my Canon and do a photo shoot. I love my old iPhone 5s but it just doesn't cut it!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Craft Material

If you were to enroll in one of the Sievers weaving classes, you might want to check out the rooms in the shop that display some of the wonderful material from which to choose!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Sievers Fiber Arts Store and School

 My very favorite store on the Island

One of the kinds of looms that students use to learn to weave. The barn below houses students in a dormitory setting in an old converted barn across the street from the shop where students work often is displayed and sold (to customers like me!). Noticed that the barn displays a quilt pattern, a trend that appears on barns throughout Door County.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Handwoven Scarf

On  September 22, I posted a photo of some colorful yarns that I photographed (badly!) at Sievers Fiber Arts store on Washington Island, Door County, Wisconsin while vacationing there in August. Tomorrow I will give you a bit more information  about this remarkable store that also has classes in weaving and other crafts.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

First place: Sculpture-"21st Century Nude Reclining"

The biggest draw for me every year at the Minnesota State Fair in August is the Fine Arts Building, which has a juried collection of art of all genres created by Minnesota artists and craftsmen/women. One of my many favorites this year was the sculpture by Lester Hoikka, selling for a mere $6.000.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Ole' Man River!

Since my calendar says it is "the first day of Autumn, "I decided to check my archives for an appropriate photo.  My lovely Mississippi River is a blaze of colors in the fall, which is fast approaching.  Instead of complaining about the approaching winter, I decided to celebrate what nature offers us, beginning with this reminder of the lovely scenes that are rapidly approaching!  I celebrate that I live within walking distance of this magnificent river!

Sunday, September 22, 2019


I finally got a new computer, A MacBook Pro, which is similar to my old one but I have a lot to learn.  I need to practice more with editing because this photo does not really reflect the true bright colors of the yarn. Guess I need to practice more with my camera, too.  Sigh! But, it feels good to be back with CDP!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Inside the Gazebo: Backyard Garden #4

What a wonderful place to entertain guests during the warm summer months!  Tea or coffee, anyone?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Backyard Garden #3

 How splendid it must feel to have 
 one's own gazebo/tea house!

Monday, July 08, 2019

Longfellow Garden this summer, 2019

Last September I discovered Longfellow Garden, a treasure that everyone else seemed to have known about except me.  I went back there last spring and again on Saturday.  I am not disappointed and know that I will return many more times before the snow flies!

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Backyard Garden #2

Two more photos from my neighbor's extraordinary garden.  Check yesterday's post for a full explanation.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Backyard Garden

My neighbor's backyard is extraordinary.  Recently it was featured in a local newspaper, and when I read that the same newspaper is asking for nominations for a "favorite garden" I knew that "Shangri-la" should be nominated.  A brief description and photos need to be submitted as well, and I wish that I had a better camera and technique to take photos worthy of this wonderful oasis. I will post more photos next week so you can enjoy the scope of the garden.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Rainbow Condos

A week ago a friend and I took a paddleboat down the Mississippi River, enjoying the trees and foliage along the bank with an occasional sight of manmade structures: bridges and buildings along the way.  On Shepard Road in Saint Paul, the row of condos in varied shade of white, grey, yellow and orange reminded me of Rainbow Row in Charleston, SC.  Architecturally unlike and very dissimilar, the colors in both cities are pleasing to the eye.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Theme Day: BLUE, July 1, 2019 Virgo

Why not make this personal?! Since my birthday is September 11, I think that this astrology sign is perfect for my Theme Day contribution It also works for Mural Monday. How great is that?!

The mural is from my 2014 archives, taken in a park in Santa Fe, New Mexico; I wonder if it is still there? Certainly deserves another trip to find out, don't you think?

To see what other CDP bloggers selected for their theme day photograph, go here.
Linking to Monday Mural

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Woven tapestry-Native Women #6

At a distance this exquisite tapestry looked like a vibrant painting. Remarkable weaving on the part of the Hope artist! I only got a photo of part of the diptych, but you can appreciate its beauty from this photograph.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Fashionable Frocks-Native Women #5

I didn't record the information about this lovely dress, but from my vast store of knowledge after going twice to the exhibit, I assume (perhaps correctly) that this one is probably from a Pacific Northwest tribe.  To check my assumption, I'll just have to return for a third visit, which I intend to do! I have not seen quite as much public interest in an exhibit as this one has generated!!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Friendships- -Far and Wide

Benefits of Mazatlán, México: There is a special group in Mazatlán that help one another to identify lists of things that can be found in that city. Sometimes these benefits extend far and wide: friendship is one of them. After a brief encounter at a musical event last March in Maz, Kitty Cahill and I connected in St Paul, Minnesota and spent the day last Wednesday floating down the Mississippi River, on a "river raft" (paddleboat), enjoying the scenery, forming a friendship, reminiscing about our favorite city and enjoying an important benefit of Mazatlán. 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The High Bridge

The photo above is not slanted. The High Bridge, which recently was renovated, rises high above the Mississippi River and appears tilted to accommodate the height of the land on either side of the river in that particular spot in St, Paul.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Signs Along the Way

Yesterday a friend and I took one of the sightseeing boats along the Mississippi River. Among the lush greenery along the banks were barges, fallen trees, signs, and passing motorist, kayaks and canoes. Looking for eagles' nests and watching other birds was an enjoyable pastime.

Linking to Signs, Signs

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Basket - Native Women #4

The Next Generation-Carriers of Culture

It is difficult to select a favorite in this exhibit because it is so eclectic, an outstanding collection of art created by native women from the United States and Canada. The above basket really "speaks to me" because it honors both the culture and the gender of the contributors. 
I am so impressed that I am going again this week to view it again! 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Truly, a colorful world!

For a change in pace, I thought that I would share a photo of this garage door.  Located in an alley, I wasn't able to find an artist's name nor could I determine if this is part of a business or privately owned. Just fun to see; it would be great to advertise a bicycle shop.

Linking to A Colorful World

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Quill Chair, Native Women #3

Have a Seat!

This is the third day in a row that I have featured objects from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts recent exhibit honoring the work of Native Women.  I chose this piece to show you the variety of artwork in this exhibition. Check here for an explanation of the outstanding exhibit.