Taking Time for Solitude

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

“I believe that reading, in its original essence, is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.”  –Marcel Proust

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This week’s photo challenge is “Solitary”.  If you already spend time alone, you may know some of the benefits: relaxation, heightened self-awareness, focus and concentration, increased self-reliance and self-confidence, freedom, spirituality, creative thinking, problem solving skill building, and other benefits. Here are a few articles on the topic of solitude:

The Surprising Benefits of Solitude, by Andrew McAfee

This article (above) in particular was interesting to me relative to the subject of brainstorming sessions, focus groups and group interviews.

The Lost Art of Solitude, by Leo Babauta

The Power of Lonely, By Leon Neyfakh

A woman taking time to enjoy a park setting in solitude

The same woman but a different photographic perspective of solitude

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Photo of the Day

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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Cool Fun in the Fountain

Photo of the Day
August 3, 2011

Can you guess where this photo was taken?
Hint: It’s not in Minneapolis or Saint Paul.

Use the “Leave a Comment” link below to share your answer.
Have you been here?

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Silvery Night at the Lake

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 “Dandelion” Fountain

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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Witch’s Hat Water Tower

Photo of the Day
March 21, 2011

The Prospect Park Water Tower was designed by Frederick William Cappelen and constructed of concrete in 1913 at Tower Hill Park. It was given the nickname “Witch’s Hat” due to its green tile conical roof. It’s easily visible from I-94 since it soars up above the tree tops and has that uniquely shaped roof. For years I wondered exactly where it was located. I now know it’s at 55 Malcolm Avenue SE.

Directly below the roof is an octagonal Romanesque-arched belvedere with panoramic views of the city.  The interior of the tower is open to the public just one day a year on the first Friday in June. I haven’t had the pleasure of going inside yet. Maybe this year.

The tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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That Wondrous Time Between Day and Night

Photo of the Day
February 26, 2011

Photography is one of my passions and, as such, I have hundreds of pictures. The other day I was looking through some of them and came upon this one.  I love the rustic fence juxtaposed against the new path. I took this photo on a late fall afternoon when the days are shortening and the light is waning.

I considered tweaking the photo with image editing software but opted to leave it as taken. It’s perhaps a bit dark yet still appealing. It’s one of those moments a photographer hopes to capture, when the light is between day and night, offering a surreal quality to the image and scene.

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Bridge Photo: Civic Center Park

Crossing Minnehaha Creek in Minnetonka

The Civic Center Park is located north of Minnetonka’s City Hall. This park has 147 acres of land and features a soccer field, play equipment, trails, an outdoor amphitheater, and a canoe launch.

Minnetonka Parks and Trails

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Bridge Photo: Midtown Greenway Trail

Former Railroad Bridge—Now Midtown Greenway Trail

Bridge Photo for October 13, 2010

This channel lies between Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun. Bikers, walkers, runners, and others make use of the trails and paths that surround the lakes. People travel this waterway by canoe, paddle boats, and kayaks during warm weather months. In winter months, people take advantage of these frozen, open spaces for walking, ice skating, cross-country skiing, and other activities.

Link to Midtown Greenway Information

Related posts:

Winning Design Bridge at Lake of the Isles and Dean Parkway

Should This Bridge be Saved?

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Photo of the Day: Fall’s Brilliant Colors

A Sight to Behold Surrounds Us

I hope you enjoyed this series of fall photos. They were taken in Minnetonka, Minnesota with my cell phone camera.

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Private Peninsula Setting in Minnetonka

3900 Auburn Drive

Breathtaking Panorama

Aerial View - Click photo to see it larger

Watch the video slide show here.

List Price: $750,000

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The Details:

  • Four bedrooms and four baths.
  • Set on a 1-acre lot that juts out into Huntingdon Pond.
  • Completely and beautifully renovated by Warren Home Restorations.
  • Wonderful entertaining spaces both inside and outside.
  • Expansive windows throughout to take advantage of the views.
  • Gourmet kitchen with granite, stainless, and custom cabinets.
  • First-floor master suite with fireplace.
  • Master bath features whirlpool tub and separate steam shower.
  • Climate-controlled wine cellar/tasting room with artistic finishes.
  • Exercise room in lower level.
  • Water filter/ionization system for the whole house.
  • Built-in speakers in almost every room.
  • Two-car attached garage.
  • Finished Square Feet: 4,364
  • 2010 Taxes: $8,635
  • School District: Hopkins

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For more information and/or to arrange a showing, contact:

Kate Walsh, REALTOR
Lakes Area Realty
612.220.3309
info@designhouse9.com

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Minnetonka Historical Society

City of Minnetonka Website

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Listing provided courtesy of Coldwell Banker Burnet.

Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
Lasted updated on September 17, 2010 at 21:29pm.

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Photo of the Day: Early Evening Runner

Shadows fall across a path in front of a runner.


Photographed at Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Sitting Pretty and Making a Statement

Garden Find: The Louisiane Bench

 

Louisiane Bench

 

Summer is nearly over here in Minnesota. People will soon be preparing their gardens for the colder weather. Does your garden have space for this French-made, red Louisiane bench? What a beautiful contrast it will make against the golden foliage of fall, the white snow of winter, the chartreuse greens of spring, and then the deeper greens of summer.

Go ahead: Imagine this curvy, poppy red bench in your garden. It has a lacquered steel base with galvanized slats and is covered in a glossy paint. The base receives the Cataphorese process, meaning it is dipped 17 times in an anti-corrosive bath, then powder-coated and baked. It can remain outdoors permanently. Wonderful lines, wonderful color. As the French say, “ooh la la”!

It was featured in the New York Times Home Section in January 2010 and it’s easy to see why. I’d love to see some of these in our city parks here in the Twin Cities. They would further enhance our beautiful public park spaces.

Available in a virtual sea of colors through American Country Wicker.

Find the Louisiane Bench at:
The Conran Shop
American Country Wicker

59″ or 79″ lengths
Free shipping

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