Saturday, November 08, 2008

Color in November....


Bales, rolled and ready for harvest...south of Minneapolis.
Hi all,
This past week, I was working at the Minneapolis ARTCC, which, strange is it may seem, isn’t in Minneapolis! The Center is 20 miles south in the small farm town of Farmington, MN. It was kind of a short notice trip that was supposed to last three weeks, but then ended suddenly in five days. It’s a long story about the FAA, Raytheon, and a new ERAM training contract. I won’t bore you with the details here. All in all though, I am glad to be home.
A microwave tower at Minneaplis ARTCC...(Light Room 2 is Fun!)
This was my first trip to Minneapolis. I found the city to be a very nice place, and the people friendly. I spent too many hours walking the Mall of America, ostensibly, the largest shopping mall in the known universe. It was OK, just big. But, I did enjoy some good indoor walking there. It totally sucked to be in a major league baseball city in November. No baseball!
I made Murray stop the car for this picture!
November is a gray month. Not much chance for bright color photos when storm clouds are forming. It is a neat time though, to think in black and white, sepia tone, and to see if I can make the camera see what I see. Suffice to say, I did make time to take some photographs along the way. I didn’t get much chance to go exploring with my camera, as the weather was poor most of the week. One set of photos comes from Depot Park, a small walkway park right next to the old train depot. While walking on my lunch I found this park right near the center, and enjoyed the art projects from all grades of local schools. A lovely splash of color on a gray day. My only regret is that I didn’t take pictures of all the artwork!
Angled painted boards... from the right side...
and from the left...
From the left...
And the right...
I did stop by a fine bike shop, too. If you are ever in Apple Valley, south of Minneapolis, check out Erik’s Bike Shop. They are the largest Specialized dealer in Minnesota and Wisconsin. They had a full maintenance and parts section, too.

Somewhere over northeast Wyoming, I think...headed home.
Enjoy all the photos…
Jim

8 comments:

Lynn said...

The top photo (hay bales) made me miss home. :)
All very nice shots though!

Queen of the Squirrels said...

Yet again, you show yourself as a man of Many Talens (tm), Jim.

And I haven't forgotten to email you, it's just that I haven't gotten around to buying the requisite bits to get my bike on the road - like a lady-approriate seat and some pedals (oh, and a front inner-tube).

Princess Pat from Zardonia said...

The hay bales are awesome. And thanks for the phone calls. Patsy

Dr Codfish said...

Jim:

I'm knocked out by your photos! You are right up there with Jill, Up in Alaska.

Yr Pal Dr Codfish

Vik said...

Love the microwave tower photo..=-)

Katherine said...

Wonderful photos. I especially love the tree reflections in the water. In fact, I'd love to paint it! Would you mind that? I mean, would you give me permission? No obligation.
- I wandered in here via your comment on Mike Terry's...

Mike Terry said...

top photo is great! Really moody sky, I love it. This is a great blog. The pic of the new bike in the yard looks all commercially lit, I love it! Keep riding!
(p.s. thanks for the nice comment. good to sorta-meet you.)

Katherine said...

Thanks for the permission Jim, and the visit to my place. I'll send you a look at the painting when it's done. Am in the middle of a commission, so it may be a few months...