Thursday, May 05, 2016

Warm weekend ahead and the lake is heating up.

Be advised.


Parking will be limited, and I will be making my rounds.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon - with 1/2 mile to go!

I had just finished my morning run and I noticed the Lake Minnetonka Marathon signs. I decided to catch the lead runners as they passed.
Here are some random shots just before the runners began their final turn ( or 2)
to the finish in Excelsior Commons.










The overall winners were Dan Neilson - who shot past me before I could photo him properly - that's him in the first photo flying by for a 1:09 finishing time.
The lead woman, Krisina Hoff was running at the time I photographed her, with a male runner pacing her (so it appeared). Her time was 1:26.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Nocomo in the Rain

Nocomo Beach,  Deephaven

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Minnehaha Creek is flowing!

The Gray’s Bay dam is open and flowing at some rate with the number 50 attached to it. 50 cubic feet per second?

is flowing and lively, I shot these this morning,

Second Galaxie. A bench at Minnetonka Mills.

Monday, April 25, 2016

A passing Prince - Paisley Park








Passing Prince

The Sheriff of Carver County stood at the podium and answered questions from themdia about Prince. In a touching moment (I will paraphrase) he responded that he thought of Prince, not as a just rock star, but of him as a friend, a community member and a good citizen. He said this sincerely and with honest emotion.

I never new or really followed Prince too closely. As a creative person, I have admired him, and his loss is significant loss to Minnesota and the arts.
We drove by the endless stream of fans and admirers this weekend, and I just leaned out and took some photos in passing.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Thorpe Park 2016


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Near the Shorewood Marina, Gideon's Bay


Monday, April 18, 2016

Excelsior is rated "cool"

One thing I have always thought is that if you tried to be cool you probably wouldn't be. But you can be engaging, involved,  interesting, even exciting... and a whole range of other things. In the end Excelsior has a sense of self and yet it is changing.

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t is difficult to take a photo on the street however, and I can never get a good photo.  As the saying goes - you can't go there because there are so many cars.....

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Minnehaha Creek at the Burwell House

Low water levels Minnehaha Creek at the Burwell House.
The pictures tell the story at the Burwell House and Park.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Geese on the Pond

 Pretty and pretty messy, geese. The dogs love to chase them.


Note: This photo has received over 4,000 views on FlickR Explore.


"Canada geese are everywhere in Minnesota. From farm fields to golf courses.

Identification

General description: A large goose.
Length: 22 to 40 inches - wingspan is about 5 to 6 feet.
Weight: 2 to 18 pounds.
Color: Light brown with a white chin and a black neck, head, bill and feet.
Sounds: Various "honking" sounds.

Reproduction

Canada geese mate for life, and both parents help raise the young. The mating season runs from March to April, after which eggs are laid. Hatching begins 25 to 30 days later. Baby geese (goslings), which are covered in yellowish down, leave the nest shortly after hatching.

Food

Canada geese eat aquatic plants, insects, grass, soybeans and other crops.

Predators

Mink, raccoons, great-horned owls, fox and dogs.

Habitat and range

Lakes, ponds, marshes and rivers. Many Canada geese stay in Minnesota throughout the winter, although some migrate south to any number of states. They breed statewide, but are most common in the western and southern portions of the state."

- Minnesota DNR

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