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Autumn Beauty

On Tuesday I spent the afternoon with a friend. We walked around Lake of the Isles. The crimson and golden hues presented plenty of photo opportunities. Here’s are some photos from the afternoon walk. Big thanks to my friend for stopping and waiting for me to capture all the images.

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Photo of the Day
September 30, 2012

It was such a gorgeous weekend we were blessed with here in the Twin Cities. Temperatures in the upper 70’s and low 80’s, barely any wind, and plenty of sunshine. Did you get an opportunity to get out and enjoy it?

Goodbye to September, hello to October. Have a wonderful Monday!

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Last Saturday I posted a photo showing the Minneapolis Queen paddle wheeler. Sunday I went out on a boat on Lake Minnetonka with friends. I kept watching the waves being created by the boat. At some point, I thought of this photo challenge. I pulled out my cell phone to snap a few photos. Here’s a sampling of some photos I took.

I’d say these have definitely captured the theme of movement. I had no idea what quality I’d get by using a cell phone and traveling along at a fairly rapid clip on a boat. They came out surprisingly well. I posted these four because they show a variety of movement. Do you have a favorite?

A new weekly photo challenge will be posted on Friday. If you’re interested, you can find more information here: Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post at WordPress.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement
July 7, 2012

I was on Nicollet Island yesterday afternoon. The Minneapolis Queen paddle wheeler came into view while I was on one of the bridges. Climb aboard for a fun summer activity. Paradise Charter Cruises offers public and private cruises on the Mississippi River through historic downtown Minneapolis.

Paradise Charter Cruises: Minneapolis Queen

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

This week’s photo challenge on the The Daily Post is ‘Blue’. So many images come to mind with this word. The sky. Water. Cobalt blue glass. Pottery. Coldwell Banker Burnet real estate signs. The blue jay. Blueberries. Hydrangeas. Where to begin? Let‘s start here:

This, to me, is quintessential blue; the beloved blue jean.

A magazine cover depicting water and the word blue.

Lake Calhoun and the Minneapolis Skyline

A starlit background with a message.

Ready to buy or sell a home? Call us.

Ellen Walsh | 612.220.3304 | emwalsh@cbburnet.com

Kate Walsh | 612.220.3309 | info@designhouse9.com

 

Coldwell Banker Burnet
Minneapolis Lakes Office

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April 21, 2012
A Different View of a Sunset

The docks at White Bear Lake at sunset.

Sometimes the best view of a sunset is where the sun is striking an object or objects. One recent evening I found the setting sun lighting up these docks on White Bear Lake. The silver and gray docks against the blue water created an eye-catching contrast. The wind was fierce and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep my small camera steady enough for the shot. Fortunately, I was able to snap a couple of photos that captured the silvery light reflecting off the docks.

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I was browsing through some photos in the archives last night and came upon this one. I thought it fit this challenge quite well.

April 26, 2012

It’s a full sun afternoon and I have time for fun. I went out with my camera because this is what all passionate photographers do. Here are more “sun” captures. Let me know if you have a favorite. You might need  your sunglasses for this first one.

Blinding Sun

Natural and Artificial Light

Sunlit Tree Trunk

Sun Shining Through

Sun Growth

Sign and Shadow

A Tree and I Keeping Company

Me-1 | Self Portrait

Me-2 | Self Portrait

Thanks for stopping by. I had a fabulously fun time playing in the sun with my camera.

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Mesic Oak Forest
Minnetonka, Minnesota

This mesic oak forest exists today but may not be around for long. The current plan is to build four new homes here. One of the reasons I love photography is that is documents what is and what used to be. Once the homes are built, this will be a record of the beauty that once was.

Photographed March 2012

The city of Minnetonka classifies this as a mesic oak forest within the Minnesota Land Cover Classification System. A mesic oak forest consists of a variety of oak trees in a moderately moist environment. On this site, there are oak trees ranging in size from less than 8-inch diameter to 48-inch diameter. These two lots also include large ash, ironwood, and cherry trees. The bucolic land around us continues to be developed.

This week’s photo challenge is the theme of “arranged”. I always find nature’s arrangements photo worthy.

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Photo of the Day

March 27, 2012

Today’s post veers off real estate to settle back into photography. A photo challenge is designed to provide a theme for creative inspiration. This week’s theme is about framing a shot through something else. Here’s my post for this week’s photo challenge.

This horse was having his evening meal, happily munching on the grass. He kept an eye on me as I came up to the fence and took pictures. He looked up at me and stopped eating the grass long enough for me to snap this pic. I think I heard him say, “Yeah, I ought to be in pictures”.

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A Lake Harriet Home

This lovely home has a beautiful stone arch over the driveway. Beyond is a courtyard with a carriage house, garages, and a side entry. On this particular day, the sun was beginning to set and the waning daylight cast a golden glow across the facade.

This is a good example of why I love older homes. The craftsmanship is superb–the materials and construction hold up over time. We can’t say that about a lot of things made today. Additionally, the designs are classic, remaining uncommonly beautiful year after year. I’d like to photograph this home at twilight, with the lights on.

Below is a view of the front of the home.

There are many lovely homes along Lake Harriet Parkway in Minneapolis. I’ll be posting more photos of homes in the area in the coming days. Come back for a visit and we’ll take a virtual walking tour of Lake Harriet homes and architecture.

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Clouds Over Calhoun

This photo was taken in August of this year. My sister and I were walking back to the car after our fun afternoon at the Uptown Art Fair.

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Photo of the Day
September 1, 2011

Train Track at Sunset

Golden rails are ready to take you away or bring you home.
Need a new home? Give us a call.

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Photo of the Day
June 26, 2011

Lake Ann Park in Chanhassen, MN

Beautiful Lake Ann is a quiet, non-motorized lake
offering solitude, clean water, and 100% undeveloped shores.

Lake Ann Park in Chanhassen, MN

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The Minneapolis Farmers Market
A Photo Walk Tour–Part 2

Flowers and Jeans

Burst of Floral Color

Lettuce Wrapped in White Paper

Rooster Feet and Shadows

Metal Birds Flock Together

Sea of Flowers

Green Stalks Tied with Red

Pasta and More

See more photos and learn more about the Minneapolis Farmers Market:

It’s Not All Food at the Farmers Market

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Photo of the Day
April 27, 2011

This charming scene enhances the side of a commercial building in Excelsior, Minnesota.
It beautifies the area and provides unexpected pleasure to passers-by.

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Photo of the Day
April 17, 2011


Friday night and Saturday morning brought yet more snow to what has been a long winter here in the Twin Cities. I had been dreading this spring storm. I’m ready for sun and warm temperatures. I awoke to find the trees covered in snow, always a beautiful sight.

I headed out in my car to start my day and took a wrong turn. I traveled the road for some distance. I’d been on the road before so it wasn’t unfamiliar. I came upon this pretty site and wished I had my good camera. Alas, the sun was starting to peek out, the snow was melting and dropping blobs on my windshield, and I knew I had to snap the photo or lose the opportunity. The cell phone camera won out in this race against time and temp.

The wrong turn became the perfect detour. What a great start to the day!

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A Mix of Ruins and Modern Architecture

Yesterday I spent the morning with my photographer friend Valerie. We walked along the riverfront of downtown Minneapolis and across the Stone Arch Bridge. It was an overcast morning–not the best for taking photographs. But that’s what nature dished up for us. Here then, some of the photos from the morning walk.

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This is a wonderful part of the city to explore. There’s plenty to see and do. Take a Segway tour. Visit the Mill City Museum and the Guthrie Theater. See St. Anthony Falls from the Water Power Park on the other side of the river. Explore Father Hennepin Park and Island. Stroll along Main Street. Have fun!

 

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Photos of the Day
April 5, 2011

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Photo of the Day
March 29, 2011

The Berger Fountain in Minneapolis is also known as the “dandelion” fountain. It is located in Loring Park. I have always loved this fountain due to its uniqueness and its sense of playful fun. It’s equally beautiful at night, if not more so. Seeing it closer is a treat as well. The fountain was the subject of some controversy when it was gifted to the city in 1969 and remained controversial until it was built in 1975. It’s now in need of repair and the Park Board does not currently have the money to complete the repairs. They are working on finding funding. The neighborhood group Citizens for a Loring Park Community has started raising funds to help pay for repairs.

Read more about the history of this fountain and how you can help fund the needed repairs.

Berger “Dandelion” Fountain in Loring Park

Citizens for a Loring Park Community board member Diane Woelm has started raising funds to help pay for repairs. For more information call Diane at 612-377-7752 or Citizens for a Loring Park Community at 612-874-9002.

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