October 3, 2022

Hallway Mural


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

Busy As A Bee


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

View From The Bridge


The view of Stillwater from the lift bridge.

September 26, 2022

The Scenic 10th Hole

 

It reminds me of the old Windows XP wallpaper that we all used to look at. A very scenic 10th green nonetheless.

September 23, 2022

Ride The Lightning

 

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

Just Outside My Window


We stayed two nights at a hotel on 7th Street in downtown St Paul last winter because we were attending a Minnesota Wild hockey game. That's not something we normally do since we live only 22 minutes away from the stadium. What a fun experience and highly recommended if you've never done that before. When we were in our hotel room, we were treated with this amazing view of the State Capital building. 

September 12, 2022

Hasting Bridge At Sunset


The Hastings Bridge does have a lot of great locations to capture it well. Throwing in a blooming sunset just adds to it. 

September 7, 2022

Muddy Waters


Last Friday's photo, I was on the Wisconsin side, looking at the Minnesota side of things. Well, today I am once again in Wisconsin and capturing the banks of Minnesota. Today I am in Prescott, WI at Muddy Waters Bar & Grill. It is one of my favorite summertime places to eat outdoors. You do get greeted by a loud train crossing the BNSF Railroad lift bridge that crosses the Saint Croix. Just adds to the uniqueness 

September 2, 2022

Gone Fishing


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

More From Kenny Chesney Concert


Another shot from the Kenny Chesney concert held at US Bank Stadium. 

August 29, 2022

View From Ox Cart Rooftop


Looking east from the Ox Cart Rooftop you can see quite a bit. CHS Field, Interstate 94, Metro State. 

August 26, 2022

Ox Cart Rooftop


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

Painting With Style Revisit


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

Kenny Chesney At US Bank Stadium


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

Old Dominion At US Bank Stadium


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

East Side of US Bank Stadium


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

Round House Revisited


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

River Walking Path


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

Tugboat Itasca


Measuring in at 65 feet in length, Tugboat Itasca pushes downstream in the Mississippi River

August 1, 2022

Downtown Patios


It's not a large patio by any means. When you live downtown St Paul, and you have this extra space, what a beautiful space it has become. 

July 29, 2022

Lake Rebecca


Lake Rebecca, which is attached to the Mississippi River in Hastings. 

July 27, 2022

Red Daylilies In Bloom


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

80th Street Tunnel


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

The Royal Club

 


I had a sore shoulder to begin the work week, but I left work early Friday to play18 holes at The Royal Club in Lake Elmo with my local group of friends. On the 8th hole, I tweaked my shoulder, then played the 9th in pain. So I decided to start taking photos, instead of golfing the back nine. Sore shoulder and all, it was still much better than being at work. 

July 20, 2022

Randy Houser Stole The Show


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

Lakefront Music Fest Crowd


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

Alabama At Lakefront Music Fest


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

Sam Hunt Performs At Treasure Island


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

The Roof, The Roof, The Roof Is On Fire


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 27, 2022

Kat-Keys Locksmith


It's a simple mural, but it really stands out for their business logo. I was thinking Kat-Keys has been around for ever, and according to their website, it says they have served their community since 1924. 

June 24, 2022

Backside Construction


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

Eric Herr Street Art


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

Stillwater Lift Bridge's New Assignment


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

And You Get A Sticker


Apparently this is the place for small artwork and unusual stickers. 

June 14, 2022

Fulton Tap Room

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

Bullwinkle's Saloon & Fun Bar


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

Inside US Bank Stadium

Inside US Bank Stadium

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

Out In Left Field


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

CHS Field


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

Bridge Corridor


Just the view alongside the Hasting Bridge. On the right, is the outdoor dining area of the Lock & Dam Eatery.

May 25, 2022

The Corner Bar

The Corner Bar

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

Let's Play Hockey


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

Street Side Patios


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

3rd Act Brewery Fermenting Vats

3rd Act Brewery Fermenting Vats

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

Like A Tall Tree


 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

Hubcap Artwork

 

I've always found this hubcap tree a bit odd looking.

May 6, 2022

Vermillion Falls


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

Pink Sky In Morning


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!

May 2, 2022

Agave Plants In Minnesota


Now that we are in the month of May, I am hoping to get these two Agave plants into my garden. I bought them at then end of March, but our cooler temps and rainy days just haven't allowed for me to replant them. Where I live in Minnesota, it is Zone 4 for gardening. These are rated to last through the harsh winter, but I'll need to cover them with a frost cloth. 

I purchased four cactus plants altogether from Cold Hardy Cactus. They arrived safely in the mail in small planters pots. I replanted them into these clay pots after realizing getting them outdoors was going to be a while.