Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Thorpe Park 2012 - July 31

Thorpe Park 2012, Deephaven


Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe. Born 1888.
The Park was not named after Jim Thorpe,it was named after a family in Deephaven who originally owned part of the land the park is built on. The Bennis family also owned some of the Park. I am sure a member of the Deephaven Historical Society can set me straight. I attended one meeting of the Deephaven Historical Society.

None the less, Jim Thorpe was truly a legend in American History and in Olympic History and so this Olympic Season is a fine time to remember "the worlds greatest
athelete". More to come...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Wayzata Bay Center Redevelopment project

"The project proposes 130,000 square feet (SF) of retail use, 325 senior housing units (memory care, assisted living, and independent living units), 85 conventional housing units (condominium homes or rental apartments), 25,000 – 30,000 square feet of office, and an 80-100 room limited service hotel."

Superior & Mill street

Country Look


Friday, July 20, 2012

Fishing the Golden Morning Light, Gray's Bay

July fishing Grays Bay

July fishing

Thursday, July 19, 2012

HIghway 101

An Invitation

Highway 101 exit from 394. I am edgy from leaving work late, stopping to have my drivers-side visor replaced, and then accelerating/braking my way home on 394. But I have kept calm and my eyes peeled, and I managed to get a photo while stopped at a light. “Smell my pillow” the bumper sticker said. The young lady was pretty enough. I thought, that’s an interesting public invitation.

Note: It is the name of a Rock/Grunge band from Minneapolis.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

With Coca Cola

Drink coca cola

During my tenure as a display designer at a corrugated "manufacturer I worked on a few two-dimensional women. I had experience with Standees. Cut-outs" had a short store life- as employees were quick to take them home to become surrogate girlfriends, conversation pieces, or in this case drinking partners. These flexo-prnted ladies, with sensible shoes, were created during World War II. Cheers!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer evening heat @ Carson's Bay.

Canoe rack

Two oars

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fallen Oak Leaf

oak leaf

"The Seven Sisters Oak" in Lewisburg, Mandeville, Lousiana. It measures 11.27 meters (37 feet and 2 inches) in circumference with a crown spread of 45.72 meters (150 feet). It is estimated that it is more than 1,000 years old.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Failed train spotting under Bushaway Road

under-McGinty Road

old track

It was quiet under the bridge, no trolls, hobos or anything much except a few very old, discarded vodka bottles and Pall Mall cartons.


I caught this early train at this very location a few years back as it rumbled within a few feet of me...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Painting and landscaping at the Burwell House, Minnetonka

Behind the Burwell House


The Burwell House and Grounds are getting a makeover of new flowers, landscaping and painting. The painters were setting up early today. Perhaps there was work don inside the structures also, I could not see. Plastic orange fencing clutters up the stream side viewing and green landscapes the work continues. A wooden boardwalk has been built and keeps with the authentic early Lake Minnetonka ambience.

the grounds


Monday, July 09, 2012

Waiting for a train.

wating east

Waiting west

I waited to capture the Great Northern 6:25. It didn't happen.
(I was late)

Thursday, July 05, 2012

A Classic 4th in Cottagewood

Store7 2012

Fire truck

Every 4th of July Cottagewood Celebrates with a vintage Parade and get together. A blaring fire engine, dogs and bicycles decorated in red white and blue, and a cop car running with its lights flashing. I must say it is one of the few times flashing police lights and sirens do not
send me reaching for my license and proof of insurance.


Pop's corn

Their family dog wears a patriotic hat

cake walk

The neighbors

The cook

The effort


Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The 4th In Cottagewood

I will be posting photos tomorrow, so stop by and take a look.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Surf's Up! at Nokomo Beach Deephaven

Surfs up @ Nokomo Beach

Nokomo Beach

I stood in the sand at Nokomo beach. Looking down I saw a pair black flip-flops. I thought, these are pretty nice to leave behind. A I pondered flip flops, and other useless conjectures on an empty beat, a man paddles up on a surf board. “Beautiful day” He said to me as he stepped into the sandy footware.
He gathered up his paddle board, packed it away andwas gone. Soon a young lady paddled up in a bright red and yellow kayak. “Nokomo Beach is a wonderful place to launch a kayak from” she commented. We chatted about the price of Kayaks.