Featuring personal photos of the Lake Minnetonka Area and things of interest to the author.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Deephaven Beach April 22
Monday, April 21, 2008
Of Campaniles, Lighthouses...... and the Ice Out
Wayzata city Council is planning to build a “campanile”. Working with developer “Presbeterian Homes” they plan to develop the Wayzata lakefront in many ways, one of them is a campanile. “What in the hellespont is a Campanile?” The name is Italian, and simply put: It is most often a free-standing bell tower. Sometimes a clock tower. Other times it is a minaret or prayer tower. If you put a light on top you might have a lighthouse. I encourage this option, it fits perfectly into the Minnetonka aspiration to a New England ambiance. But most often a campanile is a bell tower. The most famous campanile is the Leaning Tower of Pizza (185 feet). A campanile with an attitude. Note: Do not order pizza.
I think Wayzata would benefit from a campanile, but it must be made with great style and craftsmanship. If erected (proposed height of 155 ft) it will become a Lake Minnetonka landmark that will be constantly referenced by navigators, tourists and photographers. I might even be able to make my ice out report from atop it.
.....speaking of the Lake Minnetonka Ice Out (how do you like that segue?)
As of today April 21rst the Ice is still in! This is one of the latest in years, which should be no surprise to a native Minnesotan... and of bitter dissappointment to Don Shelby, global warming apostle.
finally, some facts about Lake Minnetonka.
Channels: 31 connecting channels
Maximum Depth: 101 feet (in Crystal Bay)
Outlet Minnehaha Creek Outlet
Upper Lake Inlets: Six-Mile and Painters Creek Outlets
Water Clarity: 10.9 feet
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
St. Albans Bay in Springtime
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The Dreary Before the Storm
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Wayzata: A Bit of A wait - Ice In
The Lakewinds Coop is offering a contest to the burgeoning Minnetonka greens. Demonstrate your love of mother earth with a creative way to reduce your carbon foot print. Co-Sponsored by Bokoo Bikes on 101, prizes range from a "Commuter Bike'" worth 750 bokooroos (my word), to other goodies including a home compost kit.
Frankly, I own a bicycle of the almost extinct Trek "Touring Bike" variety. A bike with narrower wheels than off-roaders, a semi-comfortable seat, drop handles and a frame that is built to resist a pot hole.
Have fun with the contest, and write your entry on a used grocery bag.....does that count?
Other suggestions include: A traveling compost/bicycle cart. - A biodegradable "mom earth' tatoo.