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Capturing Spring - Take 2

March 30, 2012 - These photos are another try at capturing the budding of spring. The images are... 1) Ft Snelling State Park, Pike Isla...
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Each Spring I'm Afraid

March 28, 2012 - Spring is here again, and I'm afraid. Each spring I'm afraid. But, you know, it's not just spring. I'm afraid at the st...
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Reaching the Tipping Point

March 25, 2012 - The tipping point is "the moment of critical mass." In simple words, the tipping point is when something gets so "heavy...
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Passion and Illusion

March 25, 2012 - Some people are so passionate that they hurt others. Some people are so certain of the truth - so passionate - that the...
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This Town's Rocks

March 24, 2012 - I'm not hip enough to ever say, "This town rocks." So I play with words and say, "This town's rocks." You know what I...
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Industrial Art?

March 16, 2012 - Lots of things in cities aren't pretty... but they're functional. Construction equipment and power poles, for example....
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Trees before the Leaves

March 16, 2012 - Soon trees will have leaves. Many people think trees are prettier this way. In Minnesota we have pretty leaves for half...
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Birds and Color in the Spring Swamp

March 15, 2012 - Spring has new sounds... and last year's color. A spring sound I like best is the melody of the red-wing blackbird in a...
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The Runner to Annie's Parlour

March 14, 2012 - A recent scientific study found that photos with people in them are more "interesting" than those without. I want my pho...
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Creative Bars

March 14, 2012 - Bars and restaurants are pretty creative in their exterior and interior designs. Here are some samples from the "West Ba...
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A Dusky Night with a Question

March 13, 2012 - On my bicycle, I passed the Dairy Queen (and stopped), cruised through downtown Minneapolis, angled across the Stone Arc...
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Original Clear-cut Loggers

March 13, 2012 - There's the old saying: you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy. Well, so...
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Up and Down the River

March 13, 2012 - Turn this way to look up the Mississippi. Turn that way to look down the Mississippi. And that's what I did. I took pai...
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Some Stragglers

March 09, 2012 - These photos don't belong to a category. They were shot one after the other in St Paul's artsy Lowertown district.
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Double Take - Thousands of Words

March 09, 2012 - If a picture is worth a thousand words, are two pictures worth 2,000? Three worth 3,000? Four worth... etc.? Probably no...
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Night Approaching St Paul

March 09, 2012 - The Mississippi River, flowing beside the city centers of St Paul and Minneapolis, offers tons of photo opportunities. S...
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Just One Sunset

March 08, 2012 - There are so many pretty sunsets. Here's one... taken from the Raspberry Island Bridge by downtown St Paul.
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Busy Beavers

March 08, 2012 - Wandering along rivers, creeks and wetlands, I often come upon beaver activity. Beavers sometimes tackle over-size proje...
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Gray-Day Wetland

March 07, 2012 - Wetland wildlife refugees are pretty, and they can also be pretty messy - tangled, bent, broken, dense, sparse, muddy, e...
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End-of-Wetland Day

March 07, 2012 - As dusk deepens, the color blue deepens. Digital cameras exaggerate these deep dusk blues, making them stronger, more do...
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Minutes on the beach

March 07, 2012 - 20 minutes on the beach. That's what I had before racing off to the airport on Maui, Hawaii for the flight home. These p...
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Winter pine cones

March 05, 2012 - A morning snow shower fell quickly on trees... but also fell quickly off. A little remained on an evergreen tree. The se...
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Adding rain to the snow

March 05, 2012 - Photos taken during the recent shower of mixed snow and rain "begged" to be even wetter. So, using computer software, I...
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That heavy wet snow

March 05, 2012 - The snow that night (2-28-12) was full of water and hard to shovel the next morning. The bad disks in my lower back sent...
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The paperboy delivers

March 04, 2012 - Fresh tracks one snowy morning showed the path the paperboy (i.e., the paper delivery person) took - from car on the str...
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