Monday, September 30, 2013

Oktoberfest, Deephaven

Oktoberfest in Cottagewood: just opening

It had rained lightly all day, but the sun broke out just in time for the Cottagewood General Store Oktoberfest Festivities. I took a few shots just as the people began to arrive Saturday evening. She was dissappointed
Teddy Bears not allowed! gathering

Friday, September 27, 2013

Looking out. Bennis Bench at Thorpe Park

Bennis Memorial bench
The memorial tells the story.

Lyle Bennis Bench Looking out from Minnetonka Boulevard approximately. Thorpe straight on

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Oktoberfest. Deephaven 2013


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September in the grass

fallen maples

Friday, September 20, 2013



When: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Excelsior Fire District #1, 24100 Smithtown Rd,  Shorewood, MN

Our local firemen need is an extremely motivating poster for this event. The following is a sample of an extremely motivating Fire Safety Poster - from 1948 NYC!   


Excelsior Academy Days 1885

From "The Northwest Tourist" May 30, 1885: "The cornerstone of Excelsior Academy was laid on Wednesday, May 27 1885. in the presence of seven or eight hundred people. Many from Wayzata, St. Paul, and Minneapolis to witness the ceremony and the occasion was one of great interest, not only to the citizens but to visitors. The latter were met at the motor terminus by the Board of Trustees, in carriages and a procession was formed and moved to the Academy grounds located about a half mile distant, Commander E. R. Perkins of Frank W. Halstead Post acting as Marshall." Excelsior school days 1887

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A glimmer of light

It's dark again before work

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


cat at play An oddity. A little 2 1/2 inch doodle. I draw them all the time. When I try to redraw and improve them they lose their energy. So here he sits knocking the keys out.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Gianni's in the rain. September

Gianni's and rain Dinner at Gianni's. The rain finally arrived on Saturday night. We hadn't dined at Gianni's in a while, so a cozy dinner at Gianni's was a treat. I will not venture to write food criticism, but offer up my continuing theory: The chefs are more adventurous in appetizers than in entree's. Perhaps the customer's is a little willing to take a risk. Or perhaps I am. Our bruchetta with buffalo mozzarella and rasberry balsamic vinegar tomatillos (this is my description) I have forgotten the actual name, was surprising good. Service was excellent. P9140013

Friday, September 13, 2013


early @ Wayzata Marina The waterfront blues

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cottagewood Lawn Sale


Monday, September 09, 2013

Excelsior Apple Days 5K

the winner Here comes the winner with a bicycle escort. Collin Bredeson 31 Excelsior, MN 18:57 lead_woman
The winning woman puts on her kick with 100 yards to go.
Natalie Conrad 24 21:43
no-shirt pinkshoes finish2 blue-red girl with music

 I walked down to the Excelsior Commons looking for the finish line for the Apple Days 5K. I had misread the Google Map. Typical. So with only a few minurtes t o spare I hurried to the finish line along the Laske Minnetonka Trail and I arrived just in time to catch the first finishers. It was 75 degrees and humid and it felt warm. It was the first running of the Apple Days 5K and I caught the runners at the very last 100 yards when they can see the finish line clock and give it a little gun at the end. I admit I was envioius. black sox

Friday, September 06, 2013

The sixth.

Six or  nine Or you may call it number nine. Depends on which side of the dock you are on. Tomorrow September 7th, is the first running of the Apple Day 5k. I am going to take a few shots of the runners en route. I will take a position around the 2 - 2.9 mile mark. Stop by later on Saturday and see if I succeeded in getting any quality shots.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Reflecting on a Turkey Burger

1985, near Spicer MN. I was relaxing and gazing out at Green Lake. My bourbon-primed host was a ranking member of “The American Turkey Growers Association”. He spoke glowingly to me about the potential of the turkey market, like the neighbor in the Graduate spoke of “plastics”. The marketing of turkey as a year-round food staple was a passion of my host. He offered me a job, he offered everyone a job! He loved turkey marketing - come to Spicer and sell that turkey! I contagiously agreed. .. about the gobbler’s potential. I had read about the boom in turkey sales in Advertising Age Magazine. I was an expert. But I was not moving to Spicer, even with a bourbon chaser. I remember that conversation when ever I order a heart- healthy turkey burger at Maynards... or I grill a turkey breast, make turkey chili, or a turkey tourrine. He was right. - and He flips me the bird. turkeyburger

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

September, Carson's Bay 54 degrees and calm

Carsons 2