Sunday, July 31, 2011

An Antique Camera Critter

An Antique Treasure

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hat Rack

A novel way

to store head gear.

These fly boys stopped at Starbucks to fuel up with coffee and water on their way to the airfield. 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Beach Rocks

A Little Whimsey

on the Beach

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A classic

A Hood Nymph

The hood ornament belongs to this car I posted on my blog last Monday.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


I discovered that a certain table gave me a vantage point for taking stealth photos.  Here one of St. Paul's finest is waiting for his coffee before starting his day to "Serve and Protect."

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011


If you look closely...

you'll see "the catch of the day"

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Check here to see the make and model of the classic car I posted yesterday; I found it after a little google search.

Monday, July 25, 2011


I Braked and Stopped Quickly

When I saw this beauty on the street!

Added later: I think I found the make and model of this fabulous car!  Go here!

Sunday, July 24, 2011


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.

The Aerial Lift Bridge is a major landmark in the port city of Duluth, Minnesota. The span is a vertical lift bridge, which is rather uncommon, but it began life as an extremely rare transporter bridge—the first of just two such bridges ever constructed in the United States.[2] Originally built in 1905, the bridge was upgraded in 1929–30 to the current lifting design and continues to operate today. The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 22, 1973. A maritime museum maintained by the United States Army Corps of Engineers exists near the site of the bridge. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Camera Critters-A Day in the Park

 Parks are perfect places to meet both people and dogs.  These two appear to be great friends.
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Friday, July 22, 2011


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.

(27 more days!)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Three sisters

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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Yesterday  I showed you art of an entirely different genre.  This piece demonstrates that the exhibit in Freedom Park is very eclectic.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011


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.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

My Grandson Rocks!!

Oh!  To be
seventeen again!!

Congratulations to Japan for winning the FIFA Women's World Cup by defeating the USA team with overtime shootouts.

My heart is broken!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

2023 Women's World Cup-USA Midfielder

 Getting ready for the 2023 FIFAWomen's World Cup 


It's our great wish that Team USA wins today! If not, we can still say it's been a great ride this year.  Here's hoping!

Added later:  Congratulations to Japan for winning the Women's World Cup final, defeating the USA team with penalty kicks.  My heart is broken!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011


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!

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Self Portrait

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!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pianos on Parade

Three musicians who tried their hand at one of the Pianos on Parade on the corner of Ford Parkway and Cleveland Avenue.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Added Later:  Whoopee!!

Photo courtesy of The New York Times, July 11, 2011

Referee Jacqui Melksham gave Erika (Brazil vs US game) a yellow card warning for time-wasting.

Let's hope that neither team during the game today, France vs USA, uses these ridiculous tactics and fake injuries.  I've got my fingers crossed for a US win.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


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.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

The Swing

How do you like to go up in a swing, 

Up in the air so blue? 

Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing 

Ever a child can do! 

Early in the morning is the best time to see my neighborhood at peace with itself with nary a soul around.  If the swing were not so low, I'd try it out.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A View from the Bridge

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 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?

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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Bleu Cheese, perhaps?-Camera Critters

Displays in grocery stores are getting more and more creative.  It seems that blue cows such as this one helps Beemster develop some wonderful cheese.

Beemster cheeses come from the quiet canal lined pastures of North Holland where cows have grazed freely since 1612.

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Stealth Photographs

 I love our frequent road trips because we meet the most interesting people.  Sometimes it's more fun not to introduce ourselves and just enjoy the scenery. Sometimes Jim enjoys the scenery more than I!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Jazz With a Brazilian Beat

The musician on the drums played with Jimi Hendrix and was at Woodstock in 1969.  To make him feel welcome we all chanted, "No more rain!  No more rain!"

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

ABC Wednesday-"Y"-Yellow/Gold

A "woof dog" and a rich yellow/gold wall for ABC WEDNESDAY

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