As advertised

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. My husband loves trains so we went downtown to see “Big Boy No. 4014 Visits St. Paul”.  Event coordinators took advantage of the huge space outside the Union Depot and put the train a distance from the depot but set it up so that to see the big steam locomotive we had to go through the depot and stand in line.

The event was well attended.

Here is the picture that was used to market “Big Boy No. 4014 Visits St. Paul”

Big Boy No. 4014 Visits St. Paul

Here is what it looked like from an attendees view:

Big Boy No. 4014 Visits St. Paul
Big Boy No. 4014 Visits St. Paul

Well played! lining it up so that the stop sign helped obstruct some of the view that wasn’t already blocked by people and barriers.

Big Boy No. 4014 Visits St. Paul

 

 

Selfie fail

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I have never been into selfies but have attempted a few over the years.

Can u see me2
The green chair is in the park at the South end of the Smith Avenue High Bridge.  Often when I walk by the park I see people sitting in the chair and posing for the camera.  I point that out so that you know my idea is not original.

I thought it would be fun to try one and get the chair in the picture too. I put my camera on the tripod and got out my remote, climbed into the chair only to discover that the camera’s “auto off” function had kicked in.  Got out of the chair, changed the setting and tried again.  Proving once more that ‘do it yourself’  isn’t always the best way to go.

The chair is much bigger than I thought and I think a different camera angle may have worked better, but mission accomplished.  After all of these years, I have a photo of myself in the green chair, and for some reason a bruised knee . . not pictured.

I write this ten years ago and thought I would repost it just for fun. The chair is still there and it is still a popular spot for selfies and group portraits. I have even seen wedding parties photographed in the chair. If you are looking for a unique picture for holiday cards the chair might work.

Not a stationary biker

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I know that riding a bike that doesn’t have a screen attached and that moves isn’t for everyone but it is for me. Yesterday I got in an early morning 26-mile ride through Lilydale regional park to the three rivers trial.  I don’t wear headphones or keep track of my speed. I like to hear the bald eagles scream and hear the pileated woodpeckers when I ride through the woods.  I want to see the pretty goldfinches and wildflowers.

I found some lovely wild irises blooming along the trail near Pickeral lake.

Dwarf woodland  iris

 

Welcome to Summer 2019

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Summer starts today. Is there anything more fun than a Minnesota summer? People come from all over the world to enjoy Lake Superior and to go camping and fishing. There is plenty to do in the city too. Music in the parks, bike trails, microbreweries, and good food. The zoos and the parks and picnics and boat rides on the Mississippi. So many things to do and places to go.

 

summer
Summer 2019

Just for a little contrast here is a picture taken last winter:

Last winter