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Weekend Out and About

23 Aug

This past weekend was filled with another excursion to a cemetery (a new one this time) as well as some music at the West Bank Music Festival.

I like cemeteries because they offer a lot of opportunity to take pictures of unmoving objects that are fun to mess around with in the camera. Different focal points, zoom length, angles and EV levels all make for different pictures of the same statue or tomb. Plus, I find cemeteries relaxing, as no one else is usually ever there, and you can just wander around all by yourself with your thoughts on a nice day. These are from St. Mary’s cemetery in Minneapolis.

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

As I was near Lake Nokomis, I decided to bike around it. While doing so, I saw this large butterfly. I stopped and tried to get some pictures, but butterflies are actually pretty hard to capture while standing up, shooting with one hand and in the wrong sunlight direction. Plus, this dude is sort of an ugly butterfly (at least to me) and wasn’t that great a subject. But whatever. He’s a butterfly.

Lake Nokomis Butterfly

Lake Nokomis Butterfly

Lake Nokomis Butterfly

Lake Nokomis Butterfly

Then on Saturday, I went over to the West Bank (or Cedar Avenue as it’s more commonly referred to) to see some music. Dessa was going to be headlining and Retribution Gospel Choir were also going to be playing. Both of these acts have been on my “To See” list and so for $5 I figured what better way to see them than outside on a great day with a ton of other people? Both acts were great, but I think both needed to have a sound system that could keep up with both of them. Don’t get me wrong, I liked both performances, and would certainly see Dessa again for sure, but they needed a better venue (like the Varsity Theater or something) to really make them shine. Other acts included a pregnant Haley Bonar playing in her other band called Gramma’s Boyfriend, and the Goondas, who I’ve seen before and really enjoy their energy and music.

Haley Bonar "Grandma's Boyfriend"

Haley Bonar "Gramma's Boyfriend"

Haley Bonar "Grandma's Boyfriend"

Haley Bonar "Gramma's Boyfriend"

The Goondas West Bank Music Festival

The Goondas West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

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