Setting My Sights

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While enjoying another artist’s work, I couldn’t help but notice the alignment of the two structures.

The Lowry Ave Bridge, Introduction

 

I don’t typically do my posts as a series, but I will break with tradition in this instance.  I’ve had my eye on this bridge for a couple of years and finally made time to pay it a visit.
The Lowry Ave Bridge crosses the Mississippi River north of downtown Minneapolis, and with it’s more contemporary style, is a departure from many of the older stone and metal bridges that span the river in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  For more history on this bridge:

The Lowry Avenue Bridge is history

Former Lowry Avenue Mississippi River Crossing

I feel that each perspective deserves separate attention and comments.  I will be presenting both color and b/w versions of most of the images, you can decide which you prefer.

Awareness

On September 16th and 17th, the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth was lit in blue for Ovarian Cancer Awareness.  The full moon also got in to the act, rising up over Lake Superior and adding it’s warm glow to the surface of the lake.  And, for good measure, you have to have a ship coming under the bridge.

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Foxx Rocks

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During our hikes on the trails above our home in Duluth, my wife and I have been aware of a large rock outcropping that looked appealing and in need of exploration.  This past Sunday the weather was perfect and so … Continue reading

Maggie Daley Park

Today’s adventure:
Maggie Daley Park
337 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

After a fantastic Saturday afternoon at the library, we returned to downtown Chicago on Sunday to visit Maggie Daley Park.  For more information about the park, visit here.  The last time I wandered around downtown Chicago, I did not know about this park and probably wouldn’t have stopped there anyway, as I had no children with me.  But, with grandchildren in tow, off we went again via the Metra to downtown and then the long walk to the park.  Our route took us past the Millennium Gate, also known as the “big bean”, a sculpture that always draws a big crowd.  Once past the gate, we took the BP Bridge over the traffic to the play park.  For those who have not been to Chicago, the parks along the lake are all worth a visit. There are wonderful scenic views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago skyline and sculptured architecture everywhere. Bring your camera!
Upon arriving at the park, the kids went crazy, this is one of the most amazing play parks I have ever seen.  There are soft rubber trails, areas that are age specific and wonderfully creative play spaces.  There’s everything from slides to an enchanted forest.  There are water features, towers, boats, bridges and picnic tables.  All this is sandwiched between views of the lake and downtown.  Pick a nice day, bundle up the kids or grandkids, and go experience this wonderful play area in downtown Chicago.

Watery Whimsy

I’m not in the habit of standing on my head to take photos, but I’m not afraid to turn photos upside down for the fun of it.  Reflections are always good for this kind of fun, and you just never know what the end result will be.

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Flowers to Eagles – My Day With a Camera

This past Saturday found me beginning my day in a suburb of Minneapolis paying a visit to my parents.  As I was making a cup of coffee, I was attracted a large amaryllis sitting on the counter.  Hmmm, coffee’s not ready, camera is nearby, might as well pop off a few shots.  That done, breakfast done, time to head out into the big city.  Sitting in my car waiting for it to warm up a bit, couldn’t help noticing the frost on the window…
Plan for the day, drive to St. Paul and wander around with my camera and shoot some urban landscapes.  Apparently there was a major sporting event taking place at the Excel Center, so parking was a challenge.  Finally got a parking space, bundled myself up against the cold wind and took off down the street, eyes open, looking for whatever may catch my attention.  St. Paul is a river city, as such it has several bridges, which are always fun to photograph.  Another favorite subject of mine is reflections, discovered a few of those, great!  My final shot, as I was once again sitting in my car waiting for it to warm up, was of a statue of Charley Brown, sitting on the grass, staring into the distance.  For those who may not know, the cartoonist Charles Schultz called St. Paul home and his Peanuts characters are immortalized throughout the area and I passed several as I wandered the streets of the city.  But this particular statue appealed to me more than the others.  There is something about the idea of sitting in a park, perhaps daydreaming, or watching the flow of humanity, that resonates with me.
When I left Duluth on Friday morning, I chose to take a two-lane scenic route rather than the freeway for part of the trip south.  Along this highway I passed a bald eagle on the side of the road enjoying a breakfast of, well, you know, something on the side of the road.  I stopped with the hope I might get a picture of the eagle, but it flew off and disappeared into the nearby trees.  I made note of the spot with intentions of returning the same way heading home.  Sure enough, not only was the eagle there again, there were two this time.  I pulled over and this time waited after they flew away.  One had disappeared and did not return, but the other perched in a tree that was close enough for my shorter telephoto lens to get a few shots.  The included is the best of the lot.  It was an amazing few moments as we stared at each other.