6.30.2009

Metro State University

High atop the bluffs of the East St Paul neighborhood, Metro State University High atop the bluffs of the East St Paul neighborhood, Metro State University. While the University was founded in 1971, this fabulous building was built about fifteen years ago from what I can recall. Since I've started this Twin Cities photo blog, I've always wanted to photograph this building because of the large pains of glass. Unfortunately, when I was there on the spot trying to find a great location to shoot from, all I could find was very large and established trees blocking my view. This was plan B and I'm quite pleased with the results except for cutting off the tops of the flags. However, if I stepped any further back, I would have been standing in the busy traffic.

6.29.2009

Fritz Company Inc

Based in Newport, Minnesota, Fritz Company Inc which you've probably heard the phrase "Fritzie Fresh", yeah, that candy company. I've been googling on some facts about the company as I'm under the impression it has closed, or parts of it at least. I'm fairly sure they no longer manufacture candy from this facility, but what part of it is still open, that info I could not locate at this time.

6.28.2009

Don't Even Think About Parking Here

I loved this hand written message to those dropping their vehicles off to be repaired. "If you parked in front of our door get back in your car and move it". On the other windows, the written note read "If you park here, your car may be hit or towed". Message noted.

6.26.2009

Roadside Weed

I spotted these purple flowers. I'm not sure if these are flowers or if it's some kind of weed. It was growing wild along the roadway I was walking on and thriving very well. Notice all of the thorns on the stem? I didn't dare touch these. Perhaps they are a cross between a cactus and a long stemmed flower....

6.25.2009

Into The Night

From an overpass from the EastSide neighborhood over Interstate 94. The sunset long gone. The State Capital building in the distance. From an overpass from the EastSide neighborhood over Interstate 94. The sunset long gone. The State Capital building in the distance.

6.23.2009

6.22.2009

Keeping Dry

One thing I discovered while taking photos of lightning last Wednesday was be prepared for the rain. Thank goodness I was within 15 feet of my garage when the rain started falling from the sky or my camera would have gotten soaked. I'm making a mental note, if I'm out taking photos of lightning, have a plastic bag to throw over the camera handy to keep the rain drops out.

While I was watching the rain fall, I snapped a couple of photos between my vehicles parked in the driveway. I really like the effect the rain had on the street lights.

6.20.2009

Ghost Ad Mystery Revealed

The beer brand on the sun faded advertisement was Milwaukee brewed, Blatz Beer. After doing some digging using Google, I found a key advertisement from a 1942 magazine article about Blatz Beer. Following up on my June 15th post featuring a 'ghost ad' painted on a brick wall in St Paul....my dad had figured out that the beer brand on the sun faded advertisement was Milwaukee brewed, Blatz Beer. After doing some digging using Google, I found a key reference photo from a 1942 magazine article about Blatz Beer. The ad is about a pilsener beer flavor with the slogan 'For Good Taste' with a trapezoid shape around the word 'Blatz'. Looking at the additional photos I found, I can confirm the ghost ad is for Blatz beer. The trapezoid shape in the magazine ad matches the ghost ad, plus the word 'TASTE' is very clear to see from their slogan.

6.19.2009

One More From The Lightning Storm

The forecast called for a second night of thunderstorms, but this event was a no-show. Or at least in my part of the woods. Today's photo is from Wednesday evening storm once again.

6.18.2009

Lightning

We had a great thunderstorm roll through the Twin Cities last evening. I hadn't realized there was so much lightning that went along with this storm before the rain hit. We had a great thunderstorm roll through the Twin Cities last evening. I hadn't realized there was so much lightning that went along with this storm before the rain hit. I must have missed 20 minutes of photo taking before I started shooting. This one was the best of the crop with a couple of okay shots at the end of the text. Unfortunately, the shooting location was my driveway, but I wasn't sure how much time I had before the rain would start. So stayed where I was and made the best of it. After about 10-12 minutes, I had to retreat to my garage as the skies opened and I had to protect my camera.

We had a great thunderstorm roll through the Twin Cities last evening. I hadn't realized there was so much lightning that went along with this storm before the rain hit. We had a great thunderstorm roll through the Twin Cities last evening. I hadn't realized there was so much lightning that went along with this storm before the rain hit.

6.17.2009

What Is This Sticker?

I've seen this sticker, next to the '7th' in the highway sign, for the past couple of years. I've seen it in the strangest of places, including this sign, but mainly on cars. I for the life of me, do not know what it is a symbol for. For as many times as I've seen this symbol around town, it has to be very popular whatever it is and I'm not in the right age category to know why it is popular. Can you clear up the mystery on what it is?

 

6.15.2009

Ghost Ads Guessing Game

I'm sure I'm not alone with these older forms of advertisement and the intrigue they bring. I'm fascinated that they would use the side of a brick building to display their message, but I do suppose the lack of nicely placed flat billboards in town were a few years in the making. So we are left with the guessing game of what product were they advertising.>

There is no doubt, it's a beer advertisement. Pilsener beer of some sort with the word 'Great' in the slogan. Since I know it's local Hamm's Beer comes to mind, but it doesn't fit what I recall about their advertising. So I'm stumped as to what the advertisement was. Any ideas on this ghost advertisement one?

6.14.2009

More From The Roof

The view down my neighborhood from my rooftop. This fall, after the leaves drop, I need to return up here for a sunset photo or two. Currently there are too many leaves to see the sun set, but come winter, this may be a good location.

6.13.2009

Downtown Hastings Developes

A landmark sign shows a couple of historical photos of the original downtown and the spiral bridge before it was torn down with the new bridge in place. Signage of downtown Hastings which can be found on the waterfront of the Mississippi River in Hastings. It shows a couple of historical photos of the original downtown and the spiral bridge before it was torn down with the new bridge in place. In a few years, the current bridge, which is a two land bridge will be replaced. A much needed improvement for the city.

6.12.2009

Green Stairs, Returning To The West Side

St Paul's West Side neighborhood lost it's historic Green Stairs in the summer of 2008 after a large piece of the cliff fell into the structure causing major damage. Due to lack of funding, the stairs were removed for safety reasons. They stood for 92 years and became part of the areas history.

One of the first projects in the state that was approved was replacement of the Green Stairs. From what I'm reading, the replacement should be open by the summer of 2010. The color of the stairs will remain green, thank goodness. The artist drawing of the stairs, which can be found here, sort of takes away the simplicity they once had. But the area has gone through a much needed face lift and I suppose the stairs had to be tweaked as well to fit in. I'm looking forward to new photos from the top of the stairs like this one I took in April of 2007.

   

6.11.2009

6.09.2009

Head Into The City

The skyline view of Minneapolis as you approach from Interstate 35W on the ramp to Interstate 94. The skyline view of Minneapolis as you approach from Interstate 35W on the ramp to Interstate 94.

6.07.2009

Public Art

An art statue outside the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.

6.06.2009

The Basilica Of Saint Mary

Built in 1914, the Basilica Of Saint Mary was the first Basilica built in America. It was honored Pope Pius XI in 1926 and has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. There is an extensive history on this Catholic based parish dating back to 1655, which can be found on their website.

6.05.2009

Golden Pipes Of Minneapolis

A lower angle of the golden pipe water falls in the park adjacent to Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.

6.02.2009

Brick Art Water Fall

This brick waterfall is located in downtown Minneapolis near Orchestra Hall.

6.01.2009

Roof Project - Day 3

Final day of the roof replacement project on my home. A big thank you goes out to my friends that helped me, I couldn't have done it without your help. Finally the end of the project is here. Very tiring work and I certainly wont be quitting my day job to do this kind of work. Very taxing on your body.