October 3, 2022
I wish I had more info on this mural, that can be found in the hallway, on your way to the restroom at Barrel Theory Brewing. It is my favorite in this hallway, and there are a couple more that I will share in the coming days.
September 30, 2022
I wish I knew the name of this plant, but every year when it finally blooms, near the end of summer, it attracts the bumble bees. There are usually 20-30 bees on our two plants collecting pollen for the entire day. This pollen collection last about a month and now they are gone until next season.
September 28, 2022
September 26, 2022
September 23, 2022
Is it just me, or does it look like a horse is running out of the lightning? I took well over one hundred shots with my Samsung Galaxy S20+ to get one semi decent lightning capture. Didn't have a tripod with me, so I was standing on my lawn snapping away. About three minutes of photo taking, a lower bank of clouds rolled in and the lightning show was over. At least I got one shot!
September 16, 2022
September 12, 2022
September 7, 2022
September 2, 2022
Hope everyone gets out of town for the extended Labor Day Weekend that is upon us. While I was in Wisconsin when I took this sunset photo, the land on the other side of the St Croix River is Minnesota.
August 31, 2022
August 29, 2022
August 26, 2022
One of my favorite summertime destinations is the Ox Cart Arcade and Rooftop. The arcade is below at street level with another restaurant, but their rooftop setup is amazing! Their website needs some major help, so don't let that stop you from coming here. The view is outstanding and it overlooks CHS field, home of the Saint Paul Saints.
August 24, 2022
I thought I was taking a photo of the Valspar Building. As I'm typing, I realized they refreshed the paint job on the building. I had captured the same building back in 2006, which you can see here with the original paint. Today, it is now the Sherwin Williams Building. It makes sense they refreshed the paint job, and I wouldn't have looked closer if they hadn't. Nice to see they kept the familiar feel to the building as well.
August 22, 2022
It was a great show at US Bank Stadium a couple weekends ago at the Kenny Chesney concert at US Bank Stadium. We purchased tickets back in March or April to the Sandbar section, which were general admission section, and right next to the stage. The show was supposed to take place in 2020, but was postponed, like many shows until 2022. I'm just glad we didn't have to wait three years to see him perform.
August 19, 2022
Last year in 2021, the song 'I Was On A Boat That Day' by Old Dominion was me and my wife's theme song for the summer. To see them sing it live was quite a treat. We certainly would see them again if they return as the headliner. They opened for Kenny Chesney with a couple other bands.
August 17, 2022
It's an odd duck of a stadium, artistically pleasing, and yet really difficult to photograph. I've only captured a couple of photos of the new US Bank Stadium, and haven't felt I captured it well. Maybe it's the size of the structure, or I'm always on my way in to the stadium and don't take my time.
August 8, 2022
This is my second time photographing the round house in Hastings. The first time I posted a photo of this house, it was my fifth post ever on my photoblog. Way back on April 30, 2006. That really goes way back. The house looked a little plain back then, but maybe that was because it was a springtime photo.
Here is a link to my 5th Post: https://www.twincitiesdailyphoto.com/2006/04/round-house-in-hastings.html
August 5, 2022
The left path is for walking, the right path is for biking. I certainly prefer the divided grass path between the two versus a painted white line. During my walks where we share the path, I venture over the white line quite often and get reminded every time.
August 3, 2022
August 1, 2022
July 29, 2022
July 27, 2022
My Red daylilies have bloomed as of last week. Some years they are the last to bloom, other years, my Stargazer Lilies are the last to bloom. This year, they are second to last.
July 25, 2022
The tunnel under 80th Street in Cottage Grove is one of my favorite walking paths in my neighborhood. Once through the tunnel, the path leads through the valley of homes, and to the end of this path. Mainly this area is to collect the rainfall. Behind me, there are multiple ways you can walk, which is why we like going this way.
July 22, 2022
July 20, 2022
Randy Houser was the surprise performance of the evening for me. They opened before Alabama took the stage and my oh my, they were outstanding! Soulful voice, bluesy, country, powerful. My wife and I love the performance. The crowd at one point was chanting, Randy! Randy! Randy! I believe I knew one of his songs, but definitely not his name. If you ever get a chance to see Randy Houser, don't hesitate, just go see him.
July 18, 2022
One of the performing artist on the night said there was over 18,000 people in attendance. This crowd shot is a small portion of the people. It's essentially one side of the grounds and doesn't include the people near the stage, nor the center or other side.
July 14, 2022
They were a fill in for Toby Keith due to health reasons, but Alabama put on a great show for their 50th Anniversary Tour. Their age is certainly showing for the legacy members. Having never seen Alabama before, it was certainly memorable.
July 11, 2022
My wife and I spent the weekend at a couple of different concerts. First up was country singer, Sam Hunt. He appeared at Treasure Island in Welch, MN this past Friday. Sam is one of my wife's favorite country artist, so I surprised her by getting tickets for us. The show was very entertaining and the crowd was certainly into it as well.
July 8, 2022
How could anyone pass up this rooftop advertisement? When you look to the left, the arrow points to a door, next to a parking garage. So a bit strange at first glance however, seven or eight flights up the stairwell and you've made it to the top.
June 30, 2022
June 27, 2022
June 24, 2022
If you're familiar with St Paul, this billboard faces the East Side. I was surprised to see the backside of this one, and it's constructed really well to withstand the wind.
June 22, 2022
My quick search for Eric Herr - New York, NY came up empty. I found a couple possibilities, but not 100% if it was the right Eric. Regardless, I love this artwork and wanted to spotlight the work.
June 20, 2022
If you've lived in anywhere near the Stillwater Lift Bridge, you must have driven over this bridge at least once. Since the new bridge, down the river opened, this was my first time walking across the iconic bridge.
June 17, 2022
June 14, 2022
I'm a little late on posting this photo as I snapped this one last year during Fulton Beer's 10th Anniversary. It is one of my favorite places to visit before heading into the Minnesota Twins game. They offer their lineup of beer and food. My very first IPA ever was from Fulton, it was their Sweet Child Of Vine. Might be the best name for a beer, ever!
June 10, 2022
I've never been inside of Bullwinkle's Saloon, but I've been told it's a very long bar, like it was a bowling ally in it's past life. No idea?
June 8, 2022
A friend of mine sent this photo to me, it was his last day working at the stadium. At first I thought it was an empty stadium, however, as I was just about to post this, I noticed there is one person in the photo. Do you see them now?
June 6, 2022
If you've been to Midway Stadium, the old home of the Saint Paul Saints, I get the same vibe from, the new stadium, CHS Field. Well, I do recall a hot tub and train tracks, which the new stadium doesn't have. Plus there weren't any seats for fans in the outfield. So there are some differences.
June 3, 2022
Home of the Saint Paul Saints Baseball team. I made my first visit to CHS Field, their new stadium and loved it. It did have a similar vibe of their old stadium location. Though, I cannot wait to return for more outdoor baseball, just unsure why it took me so long to get here.
May 31, 2022
May 25, 2022
Made my first visit to the Corner Bar in Minneapolis for a friends going away/happy hour gathering. The have comedy night on Friday's, so I must return for that at some point.
May 23, 2022
The Minnesota Wild start each game by having a guest shout to the crowd, 'Let's Play Hockey!!'. Usually it's a celebrity of hockey, the community, Hollywood, or whoever needs to promote something. Today it was Paul Anderson's turn, and if he looks familiar, he is apparently considered the Wild's #1 fan. He does get on the big screen, in stadium and your television, during the games when the crowd needs to get loud.
May 20, 2022
One of the best things that has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic was the extra outdoor seating from places that never intended to have outdoor seating. In this downtown block in Hastings, there are four business that have constructed patios out in the street. Genius!
May 18, 2022
Love how the hanging lights reflect off of the fermenting vats at 3rd Act Brewery in Woodbury. If you pay them a visit, I highly recommend their Blueberry Cream Ale.
May 16, 2022
We have been a bit under our normal weather temperatures this spring, but this day was the turn of the good weather. Just waiting on the leaves to fill in now and we will be in full bloom.
May 11, 2022
May 6, 2022
The Vermillion Falls are a full on go right now with all of our rain! A much needed sight from 2021's drought in Minnesota.
May 4, 2022
I don't normally stop to take sunrise photos in the morning since I'm on my way into work and don't want any delays, but I couldn't pass this one up. It was one hell of a purple sunrise!