2013: Week #38 Photography

I hope everyone had a good week and are well into enjoying their weekend.  Cyn and I just finished up some dinner on the patio next to a modest fire in the pit.  I love the chill in the air that Autumn brings.   And now for dessert – chocolate chip cookies – num num num num num num num.  I am going to cookie-monster them up.

This last week was nice.  Mild weather, a full moon and we finally saw some much-needed rain to.  I ran into an expansive farmers market on University Avenue in St. Paul on my way home on Friday.  Fresh vegetables galore!

Ding!  Cookies are done; time to num num num num num num!  Here are my shot from the week.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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2013: Week #30 Photography

Holy Cow!  What a week.  Super moon, big poofies and fuzzy dice hanging from a lamp at garage sale – how is that for random?

Mostly all good things this week with the exception of Wednesday morning – early – 6 a.m.   I was headed down the main drag of town on my way to St. Peter for a work thing and all I saw was light.  That is never a good sign.  I learned later it was a scooter vs. car accident; the person on the scooter didn’t make it.  I never really found out the specifics; it doesn’t matter, it is sad no matter how you look at it.  This is just another reminder to slow down (myself for sure included) and quit being in such a damn hurry because very bad things can happen in a blink of an eye.  And on that note I will leave you all with my photos of the week.  Have a great weekend everyone.

Dad’s Day Drive

Happy belated Father’s Day to all the dads out there.  In our house it is referred to as Paw Paw’s Day.  No human children around here, just the furry four-legged kind, our wieners.   We decided to take a break from yard work and take a much deserved leisurely drive through the countryside.  Our travels took us from Red Wing over into Wisconsin to Elmwood, Spring Valley, Woodville and Baldwin.   We had lovely weather with bright blue skies and my favorite big poofies were aloft; floating through the sky.

I am not sure what is so fascinating about a cow, but almost every time we see some we stop and chat with them.  A big ‘ol MooOOOOoo always gets their attention and 9 time out of 10 they will come closer to the roadside.  The wieners like to check them out as well as take in all the interesting smells of the country.

We didn’t run into any abandoned properties this round.  We did  see the wonderful rolling hills, green grasses, farm fields, spring streams,  barns, wildlife and we even stumbled upon an Amish community that I didn’t know was there and this close.

It was a great Paw Paw Day.  Back roadin’ with Cyndie and the girls is my all-time favorite pastime.  Life is great.

2013: Week #22 Photography

Short work-week due to the Memorial Day holiday – hooray!  I love short weeks.  I would have loved it more if the weather was decent, but that is the way this holiday usually goes around here – rain, rain, rain; then some more rain.

Another active and varied photo week.  From Blondie (the squirrel) munching in the backyard to the picturesque skyline of St. Paul and other points in between.  Friday brought some huge puffy clouds and stormy weather.  I watched it follow me home the whole way in my side mirror.

We are getting ready to head out on a little weekend adventure in Southwestern Minnesota.  Can’t wait to see what we find.  Have a great weekend all.

Nature’s Fireworks

After several days of humidly-heated days some relief came.  A sizable front move through late yesterday evening just North the town I live in.  The cloud to cloud lightening was incredible.  The flicker show went on for a couple of hours.  Realizing this may be a perfect opportunity to finally get some lightening shots, Cyndie and I quickly loaded up and headed out.  Across the river and through the woods to a hilltop on high in Wisconsin we stood.   I shot about 100 frames of 30-60 second exposures.  The light show was amazing to say the least; it was about 11:45 p.m.  when the bolts busted through the cloud bank from the tail end of the front as it went by.

90% of the shots where at 100 ISO – F2.8 @ 17mm.