Dreary Autumn Day- Part Duex

Hopeful for a clearing in the weather, Cyn and I set out to scout the West Bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.  Sunday was no better than Saturday weather-wise.  To make things more fun, the Twin Cities Marathon was right in our tracks, but only part of the way.  We started on the East side of the river in St. Paul and eventually were able to make our way to the Mill Ruins area; home of the stone arch bridge and the Premium Grain Belt bottle cap sign.  At this point the annoying sprinkle had turned into a pretty steady rain.  We spend the rest of the day scouting in the car and sneaking shots in between rain showers.  The Fall color was plentiful all up and down the river.

I can’t wait to get back to some of these locations for a night shoot in a couple of weeks.

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Dreary Autumn Day

A dreary Autumn weekend I should say.  It can’t always be rainbows and butterflies and/or sunshine and puppies.  You make do I guess.  All you have to do is think about how you could be at work and suddenly a little sprinkle isn’t such a big deal.  I don’t dislike my work, but I’d rather be doing other fun things.  I am lucky in that I enjoy my job and the people I work closest with.  It is still work; If it wasn’t work, they’d call it ‘Super wonderful crazy fun time,’ or ‘Skippedy-do!'” – Red Foreman 🙂

I can roll with just about any condition – raging downpours excluded and that is only due to gear limitation.  Rain, fog, snow, sunshine – they all other something different.  This last Saturday afternoon was mostly cloudy and misty.  We were on a mission to buy some homemade chicken pot pies and apple dumplings from Apple Ridge Orchard near El Paso, WI.  There was one issue.  We knew where to get them, but we didn’t know we needed to pre-order; that isn’t always the case, but there were no extras to go around this day.  Their homemade chicken pot pies and apple dumplings are highly coveted and sought after by many.  After we return from the North Shore we will be all about placing an order.  I cannot recall the last time I had an apple dumpling.  We left with some bread & butter pickles, Honey Crisp apple and a caramel apple for each of us – an acceptable compromise for now.

Finding ourselves just outside of El Paso, WI; very close to the blue ribbon wonder we call the Rush River, I could not resist an impromptu drive about.  Some of the most picturesque countryside in Pierce County, WI are in and around the valleys that contain spring-fed stream that are teeming with tasty trout.  I do very much miss fly fishing.  A lot.  It is the one hobby that I still have all my gear for as I ditched all other for photography a few years ago when I started to have issues with my one knee.  Maybe next season I’ll cast a fly or two.  We’ll have to see.

We were in very close proximity to another cold-water gem in the are, Lost Creek.  I very much enjoy the scenery that surrounds it.  You will find a beautiful stretch of road East of Ellsworth, WI on 63; then 72; then South on 450th which turns into 456th and then 400th right around where it meet Rush River.  Also here you will find a super-fantastic wine drinking/eating experience – Vino in the Valley.

The MN DNR has the area just across the river from where we at 10-25%.  That is pretty accurate.  The next week or two will bring prime fall color touring in the area.

Here are some shots from our little excursion.

2013: Week #40 Photography

The countdown (or count up) to 2014 continues – tic toc tic toc – week 40 has come and gone.  I’ve been playing around in the low light on my morning commutes.  I figure most anyone can take a reasonably sharp picture, so how about a little motion blur and grain.  It isn’t as easy as it sounds.

The Autumn color is arriving and will hopefully be around for a bit.  I am anxious to shot some landscape and time-lapse photography.  This is my favorite time of the year and so far it has been pretty blah.  One more week and it is off to the North Shore though – can’t wait.

Here are my week #40 shots.  Have a great weekend everyone!