Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Monday, November 04, 2019

Early voting

For every election in which I have participated, I have awakened early and joined the  morning group that is exercising our precious right to vote. I have always enjoyed this process, and until this year I have never voted early.  My branch library happens to be my polling place and while checking out a book last week, I noticed the people who were lined up to vote early. Realizing that the weather is getting colder, I thought, "Why not! If I vote now, I can sleep in on Tuesday morning!" Good idea!

Be sure to vote !!

Sunday, November 03, 2019

My Day of the Dead images

Yesterday I showed you typical cemetery scenes from México during el dia de los muertos sent to me by a friend.  These are images I found in El Burrito in St. Paul. Clearly they are a different way to express the celebration, but we are far from México!

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Typical El Dia de los Muertos Scenes

Guest Photographer-- Amigo de Mazátlan

Typical scenes from a cemetery in a small Mexican Village

Friday, November 01, 2019

November Theme: Brown, 2019

It's that day again!  I love the first of each month to see how others explore the theme.

Click here to see more 'brown' images from CDP'ers around the world..

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019


 The leaves I gathered on my morning walk added to the centerpiece.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Picnic Anyone?

A stand of trees

Monday, October 28, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Deep red

The red  blossoms are hanging on despite the cold weather.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019

Getting the best shot!

Rain or shine, getting the best shot is critical!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Pine Cone

A walk in the woods provides many natural treasures to photograph!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fall Colors

If you are a "senior" and want to go on a road trip to see fall colors, AARP has conducted a survey of  1,000 baby boomers to recommend their favorite sites and then published them on their Travel Center site. Last week I took this photo in Ellison Bay, Door County, WI, which was ablaze in color. It is one of my go-to places for magical rejuvenation of my spirit, regardless of season, but the surroundings were breathtakingly gorgeous along the entire peninsula. Go visit before the snow flies!!

Some of the other locations recognized in the survey are Duluth, MN; Michigan's Upper Peninsula; Gatlinburg, Tenn.; Ithaca, NY; Colorado Springs, Colo. San Antonio, Texas; and Tacoma, Washington.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Autumn Apple Tree

How'd you like 'dem apples?!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Fall vine

One think I learned is to avoid placing images in the center, but I like this fall image of forest vines.  Despite that it can be classified as a busy, cluttered background, I like this one.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday Field Trip

It's fun to experiment with different images! Photography is not easy, sometimes frustrating, but so pleasurable!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Photography Field Trip

I am in Door County attending a photography class at The Clearing, an outstanding Folk School that has been in existence for many years, patterned initially after a 20th Century educational concept that was popular in Denmark. The Wisconsin school was established by talented visionary Jens Jensen from Denmark who had immigrated to the United States, living in Florida, Iowa and finally in Chicago. In 1935 Jensen donated the land, an outstanding piece of property in Ellison Bay, The property is secluded and beautiful and the retreat atmosphere is conducive to relaxation and education.  In terms of both understanding the technical and compositional aspects of photography, I am way out of my league yet I am learning a little bit about the basics.  I'm also learning a little humility during the very gentle daily critique sessions. No more "Granny Automatic" photos for me. Despite the occasional showers we are taking field trips in the rain. in addition to class time. With only a week in the workshop, we have no time to waste. I decided that I am going to become the Grandma Moses of photography!

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?