Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

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



Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

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.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

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.


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.




One Minute Holiday

Photo of the Day
November 23, 2011

Tomorrow is the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. Many people will be traveling. Others will be staying put and gathering with family and/or friends for the day. Regardless of where you’ll be, I offer this photograph as an opportunity to have a peaceful minute of beauty and reflection.

Thanksgiving is a day when people often think or discuss what they’re grateful for in life. An article in the The New York Times yesterday offered this on the topic:

Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners.

That’s plenty of reasons to be grateful. I’m grateful you’re reading this post and taking a one minute holiday. Let’s spread the heath benefits of gratitude! Share what you’re grateful for by using the Comment link below.


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.


The Peacefulness of Swimming at Night

Photo of the Day
August 12, 2011

Anyone care for a dip in the pool?

There’s something quite relaxing about swimming in the evening. There is generally less visual and auditory noise, and fewer people. It can be wonderfully romantic with the right person. If you are somewhere without a lot of city lights, you can float on your back and look up at the stars and the moon. Hmm, the pool beckons. Time to go.


Come see this pool and
a fabulous two bedroom/two bath condo at Seven Oak Condominium.
Click on link below for more details.

3412 Oak Ridge Road, Unit 314–Minnetonka, MN


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?


I Love a Fountain

Cool View for a Hot Day
July 20, 2011

Cool waters run at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park in Chicago

I recently returned from a trip to Chicago. I’ve always loved Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. It’s one of the largest fountains in the world. It’s another heat wave in the Midwest. Enjoy this visual/virtual relief.

A short video of this beautiful fountain:


Buckingham Fountain-Behind the Scenes


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


Remembering Summer

Photos of the Day
February 2, 2011

Winter storms have been blanketing many states with snow and ice, shutting down roads, businesses, schools, airports and more. Supposedly spring is not far off, according to Pennsylvania’s famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. Let’s hope so. In the meantime, here’s a reminder of warmer days and calmer weather.




“Do-it-Yourself” Homeowners


I was just reading an article in the New York Times that mentioned the website repairclinic.com. This looks to be a very useful site. Here’s the company’s description of their business:

RepairClinic.com® provides the do-it-yourself consumer market with the resources needed to fix their household appliances, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, and outdoor power equipment. We have an extensive inventory of more than one million parts that we photograph, define, and categorize to make them easier for customers to find and purchase.

To assist more than 75,000 individuals each month with free repair help information, we have assembled a vast library of text documents, diagrams, and high-definition videos. We are continuously updating the library and training our employees with current parts and repair information to offer the best customer service possible.

Our extraordinary return policy allows any part, including electrical parts, to be returned within 30 days for your money back. And with our same day shipping guarantee on all in stock parts, there is no wonder why more than two million customers nationwide have purchased parts from Repair Clinic.

I searched for a thermostat for a range and was able to watch a short video on how to install the product. The video seemed to cover the key points necessary for completing the repair. I also checked the Help Section and read about the possible reasons my oven is not baking properly. Several possible causes were discussed which enabled me to determine which part was needed based upon my oven’s performance.

The site has a “Care For It” section with a maintenance calendar. If the recommended maintenance is done according to the calendar, your appliances should have better efficiency and a longer life.  Check out the “Keep it Clean” section for refrigerator water filters. Are you changing your filter every six months as recommended? They say your water and ice will taste better if you do.

Have you used this site? If so, use the comment section below to let others know your experience.


Photo of the Day: Wayzata Bay

Wayzata Bay next to Gray’s Bay Bridge

Stately Homes with Views of Wayzata Bay and Gray’s Bay

A Man Takes in the View



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?



Bridge Photo for October 6, 2010

Old Stone Bridge

This bridge is located at 54th and Upton Avenue South in Minneapolis, MN.
Minnehaha Creek flows below the bridge.


More photos of and stories about bridges




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


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


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

Kate Walsh, REALTOR
Lakes Area Realty


Minnetonka Historical Society

City of Minnetonka Website


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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