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I love this week’s theme from the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. There are so many opportunities to capture people in the midst of their everyday lives. What do you see in your life? Here are things I saw on a recent trip to San Francisco and back here at home.

Mobile phones are a big part of everyday life

Another phone user, this time at the airport

A window cleaner

Cleaning at the airport

And back home again, at the Centennial Lakes Art Fair

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What do you think of when you contemplate the word merge?

A piece of art becomes a moon on Nicollet Island

A view of the Minneapolis skyline through bridge supports

Merging nature with a man-made structure

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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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Tiled All the Way to the Top

Every now and then I come across a  bathroom that features tile across the ceiling as well as the walls. Here’s one example. The light shining across the tile on the three surfaces creates an inviting space here. Do you like it?

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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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April 18, 2012

Garden Art and Bench

Spring-Blooming Tree with Nest

Shovels Take Flight as Art

Artistic Bird Houses Find a Home by the Cherry Tree

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What I Saw at the Minneapolis Farmers Market–
A Photo Walk Tour

Artistic Bottle Stoppers–Fabulous Colors and Designs!

Shimmering Reflections

Blue Bottles Have a Certain Popularity

Pashmina Model

Colors and Shapes are Everywhere

More photos to come!

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Minneapolis Farmers Market Website

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Photos of the Day Nothing but Blue Skies

The clouds finally cleared out today. What a beautiful, cloudless, blue sky. We haven’t seen this for some time. Welcome back, blue sky! What a beautiful color study you are.

This is a photo of the actual sky. What a glorious shade of blue.

More beautiful blues!

Listen to Ella Fitzgerald, “The First Lady of Song”, singing Blue Skies. Bookmark this page for a future cloudy, rainy day when you need a sunny, blue sky. .

. Ella was quoted as saying “I sing like I feel”.

I photograph how I feel.

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I find this sofa refreshing. I can picture it in a corner, breaking up the boxy and angular feel of a room. I can envision two of them in front of a fireplace, face to face or at a right angle. Create a cozy and comfortable conversation area for two or four. Imagine the possibilities.

Available to the trade.

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William Yeoward started his career making reproductions of antique crystal. His company then added china, silver, country glass, and table linens. He’s now adding furnishings to his line.

William Yeoward Furniture Collections

William Yeoward’s tips on how to care for your crystal, china and silver.

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Photo of the Day

A Dip in the Pool

We’re in the midst of another heat wave. People without some form of air conditioning are looking for relief in a number of ways: pools, lakes, bathtubs, ice-cold drinks, fans, etc. I am fortunate to have access to a pool (not the one pictured). The other night the temperature in the pool was 92 degrees. Not exactly refreshing. Our pool heater had broken and the new one was still being calibrated. Maybe tonight it will be more refreshing and provide cool enjoyment.

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It’s blueberry season and the pickings are good right now. The blueberry is one of the few fruits that are native to North America. The Northeast Native American tribes revered blueberries and the elders of the tribe named them “star berries” due to the shape of a perfect five-point star blossom at the end of each blueberry.

Blueberries, also known as “star berries”, are ready to pick and eat.

Blueberries can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways: plain, in cereals, in pancakes and waffles, on ice cream, in pies, in muffins and scones, in a salad, in a smoothie, etc. I recently picked my own blueberries at Blueberry Fields of Stillwater. They’re easy to pick and it’s a good way to save money at the grocery store. And these are grown without pesticides, a definite plus!

Pick your own blueberries at Blueberry Fields of Stillwater

Bev, one of the owners of Blueberry Fields of Stillwater,
greets you and shows you how to pick if it’s your first time.
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My box of blueberries and a sheet with several recipes. Picking is easy.
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Beautiful, ready to eat and wonderfully fresh.
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Bev and Mike O’Connor of Blueberry Fields of Stillwater
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Check their website for a schedule of picking times:

Blueberry Fields of Stillwater

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Blueberries are a real food that are naturally good for you:

Nutrition Facts on Blueberries

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Minneapolis Sunset

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Rainbow at Day's End 2

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A Welcoming Front Entry

Creating curb appeal is easy when one has a green thumb (or hires one).  The variety of color, texture and size of plantings, along with the bright pots, provides interest, depth and appeal at this house in St. Louis Park. (Photo taken with my cell phone.)

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These two photos were taken within seconds of one another.

Blue Bike

Earlier today I was out looking at a couple of condos in Wayzata. Afterwards, I walked near this shop. The blue bike caught my attention. It’s old-fashioned styling seemed to fit in perfectly with the vintage shop. The blue was a welcome splash of color in an otherwise rainy and overcast day.

Blue Bike and Energy

I used my cell phone camera to take these shots. I find the blurred half of this photo rather intriguing. Did I move while taking the picture? Only half the photograph is blurred. If I moved, shouldn’t the entire photo be blurry? It makes me think of sci-fi and action movies. What just went by at high-speed?

In the study of Feng Shui, we discuss that everything is energy. The right half of the photo appears to have a stronger energy field than the left side. What else could have been in the space while I was there? Hmm…

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