Tag Archives: lake harriet

Oh The Places I’ve Been

29 Sep

I’m not really sure what I mean with that title, but I did go golfing in Wisconsin, saw the Weisman Art Museum and the University of Minnesota campus and went around by my place to take pictures with a very fun, new little toy camera. So I guess I went places, but nowhere that I hadn’t really ever been before. Oh well, whatever. Enjoy the pictures.

The Weisman Art Museum is located on the U of M campus and was designed by Frank Gehry. He is famous for designing really outlandish and distinctive buildings and the Weisman is no exception. It is completely covered in stainless steel so it is hard to miss and when the sun comes out, as it did on the day I went there, the building really gives off a great shine and pops after being photographed. I went with black and white film for the 35 mm camera, but took a picture with my digital so you could get a sense of what it looks like in color.

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

I really like how the contrast in the black and white photos turned out because the building is so full of different nooks and crannies that, again, it really pops off the page. I also just walked around the U of M campus and took some pictures of other things that are out there. It’s a huge campus and there are many places to explore and these are just a few of the shots I took that day.

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

 

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

 

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

It being the last week of September, and before I start my new job, I went golfing with my dad for the final time this season at St. Croix National in Wisconsin. The course is really great and challenging. It also provides for some great scenery during the fall. Although it was rainy and a little too early for the full on fall effect yet, there were still some good shots out there and some nice looking foliage on the course. If it weren’t raining, it would have been quite the perfect day, but as it was, it was just an annoyance to play through.

St. Croix National Golf Course

St. Croix National Golf Course

St. Croix National Golf Course

 

St. Croix National Golf Course

St. Croix National Golf Course

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

After golfing, I got back to my place and, to my great surprise, I had a package in the mail. It was from South Korea and contained the awesome little camera that I ordered. It is a disderi robot camera and is so named because it looks like a little robot face. It’s so fun to play around with and looks like it too! It takes three images on one film image. Currently, I’m still playing around with it to figure out the best way to shoot with it, but it is so easy to tote around that I’m going to take it everywhere from now on. And yes, just as the instructions say, it is epoch-making!!!!

What could it be?!

What could it be?!

 

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

Robot Camera

Robot Camera

Robot Camera Lakewood Cemetery

Robot Camera Lakewood Cemetery

Robot Camera Lake Harriet

Robot Camera Lake Harriet

Robot Camera Lake Harriet

Robot Camera Lake Harriet

Robot Camera Lake Harriet Rose Garden Fountain

Robot Camera Lake Harriet Rose Garden Fountain

Robot Camera Sewer Smoking

Robot Camera Sewer Smoking

The best part about that little camera, besides not using batteries to operate and being super light and small? IT WAS ONLY $15 SHIPPED!! So much fun for so little. You can’t beat that people. You just can’t.

Advertisements

Some Snaps. Nothing Fancy. Baby Squirrel.

7 Sep

So, it’s been a little while since I last posted I think, and truthfully, I haven’t been up to much. I can only take so many pictures of Lake Harriet before it starts to get a little old. However, I did take some pictures as they were having some sailboat races one night and the lake was full of white sails at sundown.

Lake Harriet Sailboats

Lake Harriet Sailboats

I also took some pictures of some sailboats that were at bay while an airplane flew overhead. Lake Harriet is directly in the path of a couple of the runways for MSP International and that means that sometimes you can get some good shots of the planes as they come in for a landing.

Lake Harriet Sailboats

Lake Harriet Sailboats

Lake Harriet Sailboats

Lake Harriet Sailboats

FedEx Airplane

FedEx Airplane

On Labor Day I biked down to the Wood Lake Nature Center to see what was up with that place, and found it to be pretty serene. It’s a nice place to go for a jog or sit in nature and read a book. I happened to find this nice view of the wooden docks that you walk across the marshes on.

Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake Nature Center

THEN, as I was leaving the nature center, this really small, baby squirrel was following everyone around. I’m guessing it was lost or scared or it’s parents had died somehow, but it would not leave me alone and followed me up the path from where it was to my bike without any provocation from myself. He/she was really cute, but I couldn’t adopt it as it’s still a rodent and I had no way to transport it or keep it. Here’s hoping the little guy/gal makes it.

Baby Squirrel

Baby Squirrel

Comfortably Pink

30 Jun

So, I went and saw a Pink Floyd tribute band last Saturday. Overall impressions? Not too shabby. However, there are a few things that struck me. Not so much like a chunk of ice falling from the sky, hitting me in the head causing deep, debilitating mental problems and retardacy (is it made up? find out now!), but more like getting general impressions over the few hours it took to take in the show.

Impression the first. I am not as overly enthusiastic about seeing Pink Floyd live as I thought. There are two reasons for this (though admittedly there are probably more, but these are the two biggies). Reason A) It is not really Pink Floyd. Obviously that’s like the first thing that everyone knows, but they actually did sound good and played the songs as they were and it was a deece show. Reason B) There are people who get overly excited for a tribute band, and those people are freaks. Not monsterously overbearing freaks like the kind you see in movies or in ever major metropolitan area, but freaks nonetheless. They get up and dance, wave their hands, shout out “Free Bird” for no reason and wear hats advertising Kmart… and not in an ironic way. Dude really did own a Kmart hat, and he wore the shit out of it.

Impression the second. Apparently, Pink Floyd only made two albums. I base this on the fact that almost every song they played came from either The Wall, or Dark Side of the Moon. Only two songs in their repertoire did not. Those songs were “Learning to Fly” and “Dogs.” Now, I can understand the reasoning behind this move, mostly because those are the two they are most famous for, but Animals is a great album that deserves more attention (although I assume the reason more songs are not played off of it are because almost every song is like 15 minutes long. But there are much better songs than “Learning to Fly” out there.

Impression the third. The encore. When you are a tribute band named Comfortably Pink, you would think your encore would be “Comfortably Numb.” Not only is it a great song, its one that keeps building and building to a great conclusion that is overflowing with guitar solos, drums, bass and all sorts of awesomeness on a level that not even fire ninjas fighting hovercraft flying dinosaurs can compete with. However, they chose to end their set with “Run.” This song is high energy and is pretty good, but if you stop and think about it – as I tend to do – this is the song they play during the movie wherein there is a forced rape. Hmmm. So, to recap, a song that is fire ninja vs. hovercraft dino awesome (and which the band is named after) or a song that reminds me of the rape scene in the car. Whatever, it’s your show.

Impression the fourth. Rain kinda sucks when combined with my glasses and streetlamps and headlights. Also, my bike has no lights on it. I feel that I cheated death pretty well that night.

Pictures are below. If you want to experience them and the crowd they gather, they will be playing at the Whiskey Junction in Minneapolis on July 10th. It’s indoors, so you don’t have to worry about the rain. You will still have to worry about freakoids though.

Comfortably Pink - Lake Harriet Bandshell

Comfortably Pink - Lake Harriet Bandshell

Comfortably Pink - Lake Harriet Bandshell

Comfortably Pink - Lake Harriet Bandshell

Comfortably Pink - Lake Harriet Bandshell

Comfortably Pink - Lake Harriet Bandshell

Band Was A Bust

2 Jun
Lake Harriet Bandshell

Lake Harriet Bandshell

This is the scene that greeted me at the time that a concert was supposed to happen. You can’t blame me for trying, but for whatever reason, the band never showed up. It was a beautiful night, so I have no idea why no one showed up. It’s a shame because I think they had a perfect night for playing music, and they missed out. Oh well, I will try again tonight. At least the sunset was lovely.

Sunset Over Calhoun

Sunset Over Calhoun

New Concert Every Night

1 Jun

Ok, so there is no snapshot associated with this post yet, but I am going to venture out and check out a new concert every night this week, starting tonight. The concerts all take place at the Lake Harriet Bandshell and I will be snapping pics and saying a few things about the concerts. They are all free and start at 7:30 pm, so aside from a huge downpour, I am going to sit and listen to music every night. Tonight is the Richfield Symphonic Band. This is only the second concert this year  – as they just started last night – and I plan on going to a lot more of these (weather permitting).

Do Ducks Dream?

22 Apr

Lake Harriet at Dusk

The Ducks at Lake Harriet

Do ducks dream like you and me?

If so, do they have them frequently?

Are they in color?

Or black and white?

When they’re young, do they dream about taking flight?

Do ducks dream about where they are going to?

Or coming from, if that will do?

Do they dream of the past, or the future to come?

Or are they only dreaming of nothing but fun?

When they dream are they snuggled warm in their nest?

And dreaming of the bread they covet the best?

Is it all right to ponder about a slumbering duck?

Or am I really just pressing my luck?