Monthly Archives: May 2012



For today’s photo, I thought I’d just phone it in. But this photo would not be easily earned. I stepped into the quiet Medical Arts building lobby and didn’t snap three photos before someone yelled at me asking what I was doing. It was a security guard. I’d spent 15 minutes taking this photo in the same building in March, so was surprised by the shrilly voiced concern.

Evidently, I was deemed a security threat. Me with my business suit, green shirt & paisley tie that matched my eyes … that’s what the homeless man told me later as we shared a couple blocks’ walk to our destinations. I’m not even making that up. Strangers talk to me, and I generally don’t even initiate eye contact any more. I was slightly apprehensive when the guy’s second sentence began with “My psychiatrist says…” but he turned out all right, and we had an interesting, if bizarre, conversation about high fashion retailers Allen Edmonds and Hubert White that he wanted to talk about.

Back to my story: The security guard told me that photographs were not allowed of this wall or in this building. I didn’t know whether to feel flattered because the security guard thought I was a super-fly, secret spy plotting trouble by documenting an abandoned payphone booth. Or the fact that the security guard had enlisted backup, a sizable guy two steps behind her who was jangling a ring full of keys. Really? Two security guards. Really.

I left the building, but I’d already gotten my photo. I win.

P.S. Clearly, Adam Levine from Maroon 5 is not at a payphone in Minneapolis. Because I’m not sure there are any.

May 30th, 2012|General|1 Comment

Sled Dog

Cuya, sled dog from Denali National Park

Meet Cuya, a sled dog from Denali National Park.

(Yes, I took this photo last August, but I needed a breather and besides, this photo is way more interesting than anything I did today.)

May 30th, 2012|Nature, Photography, Travel|1 Comment

Lionfish & Butterflies


An unexpected visit to Sioux Falls meant that I had time to explore the Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove, which I’d never been to before. As a kid, I thought butterflies were hard to catch…try photographing them! The Blue Morpho butterflies were my favorite, and of course those proved to be the most difficult to photograph because they closed their beautiful wings to a dull, brown camouflage every time they landed.

Butterfly wings open

May 30th, 2012|Nature|2 Comments



I hadn’t been to northeast South Dakota for about 14 years and had forgotten how much water there is, which makes it a great place for fishing. My cousin Abby caught so many fish today that I lost count. My count was easy to remember, but not memorable. Zero. Hey, at least I tried. Nevertheless, it was a relaxing weekend with two aunts & uncles, cousin, mom and grandparents.


I was excited to see several pods of pelicans, and even moreso, that they didn’t “gift” anything to me.

May 28th, 2012|Nature, People|Comments Off on Abby

Fish Fry

Walleye Fish Fry

After my 11 mile training run and (almost) escaping the rain, I drove four hours west to Waubay Lake in South Dakota. I was plenty early for a walleye fish fry and rhubarb pie with family. And a game of Farkle (Grandma won).

May 28th, 2012|Food & Drink|Comments Off on Fish Fry

Big Honkin’ Summer

Beach balls

It’s a “Big Honkin’ Summer” and it kicks off with Memorial Day weekend. I would definitely welcome some warmer, sunny weather.

May 26th, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Big Honkin’ Summer

Water Pyramid

Water Pyramid

Took this photo on Nicollet after getting 3+ inches of rain today in Minneapolis. That’s a lot.

May 26th, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Water Pyramid

Ground Squirrel


This squirrel and I had a stare down contest, and it froze in place for an impressive 90 seconds. While it wasn’t being friendly, it reminded of a scene from a favorite childhood movie, The Sword in the Stone (see below).

May 23rd, 2012|Nature|Comments Off on Ground Squirrel



Barbecues, a summer fire and s’mores. Doesn’t get much better than that.

May 23rd, 2012|Nature, People|Comments Off on Flame

AT&T Tower

AT&T Tower

How appropriate that I chose to photograph the AT&T Tower, since my bathroom scale was later calling S.O.S. today. I’ve been training for several races this spring, but this January goal was essentially a failed experiment. So, I was unsure how weighty things may have gotten since my move to the North Star State. We’ve already established that I sometimes talk out loud (to myself), so I feel safe in sharing that I called out the magic words to my scale:

Liar, liar, on the floor,
Don’t you know, that less is more? 

Clearly, it had no regard for my feelings because the son-of-a-gun reported a gain of 14.6 pounds. No wonder my training runs have been more challenging…it’s like I’m running with a bowling ball! The combination of more frequent happy hours, fewer workouts, fewer meals at home and less sleep have done a number. I’ve given myself a number of weeks (10) to get back on track. And tracking it closely, I will be.

May 22nd, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on AT&T Tower