Wednesday, January 11, 2017

My Minnesota - December - Minneapolis Skyways

Once again,  I'm  joining a group of talented Minnesota Photographers in a blog circle focused on the theme of Explore Minnesota. When I started this project, I envisioned weekends hiking up North, but turns out there are all sorts of different ways to explore this state - some less outdoorsy than others, and that's what this month felt like. Make sure to click the link at the bottom of the post to follow the circle around.

When I was a little girl, my mom took me downtown to see the Dayton's Christmas display, walk around the skyways and eat at the cafeteria in the IDS building. I don't know that it happened often, and for all I know it might have been once, but it's stuck out so much in my mind that I knew I wanted my daughter to have that experience too.

We'd been to the Macy's Santaland display a couple times, but Riley was young and didn't remember it. It hasn't changed in years so we hadn't planned on going this year, but then I heard Macy's (formerly Daytons for those that don't know) would be closing so I wanted to go one last time. Plus, I had days to fill over the winter break with my girl.

We started by visiting my office. I work from home now so it was nice to see my co-workers face to face before heading off on our adventure. We slowly walked the skyways, stopping, from time to time to check out Christmas decorations, or go through one of those roundabout doors more than once.

We stopped in the Government Center as I liked the light and the lines in the building when I heard a voice from behind "you're taking pictures of the wrong thing". I turned around to find Gilmore in all his Christmas suit glory. I took a picture at his suggestion and then one with him and my daughter, both decked out for the holidays, and then we continued on our adventure.

Skyways are now my favorite place to take pictures indoors since they have such wonderful light. In fact, I went back the day after this to explore other skyways with some friends.

Minneapolis has an awesome skyway system so I'm sure we'll find opportunities to explore them again.

Make sure to check out the amazing Tina Fisher and follow the blog circle around.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Park quest

Well this post seems weirdly timed. I wrote it in November or something when it might have still been nice out (which is odd to say since... November, but we did have a profuse amount of warm days then), but I never posted. On the other hand, I think we may all enjoy a little peak back to those glory days of bare feet and short sleeves. For those of you not in Minnesota, it's freaking cold here right now. (Full disclosure: I haven't left the house today, but it's still remarkably cold).

At any rate, here is my post about our park quest...

I'm officially calling it for the year... we visited 19 of the 35 playgrounds in our city. I've lived here for years, but earlier this year someone else mentioned trying to visit many of our local parks. I didn't really think we would do so at the time they mentioned it, but one day when we were bored I suggested visiting a park from the park list we had...and a quest was born. Seeing we didn't start at the beginning of the playground season, I think we did a fairly good job of playing at 19  different parks (and a few of them we went to repeatedly because they are 'our' parks). I didn't take pictures at all of them, but here are a few from our adventures.

Aquila park

Dakota park

Oregon park

Parkview park

Louisiana Oaks park

Justad park

Minikahda Vista park

Jackley park

Bronx park

Rainbow park

Oak Hill park

Wolfe park

Fern Hill park

We also visited, but don't have pictures of, Center, Edgebrook, Sunshine, and Westwood Nature Center parks. And, our last park we visited this year (but I never blogged about) was Browndale park...

Browndale park

We met a friendly cat that lived right next to the park. I sorta, mighta, wanted to take him home.

And then I heard ducks, followed the sound and found this...

I can't wait for spring to come so we can continue on this adventure. We are over half way through our list so it will be no problem to finish next summer... and maybe even start over again.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

January 4 on 4

Each month I join a group of talented women from Clickin Moms to create a 4 on 4 blog circle showcasing 4 of our favorite images from the last month. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of the post to follow the circle around.

I have to admit that I don't love winter or snow or the cold, but you can find me outside since I love nature and hanging out with my kid... and for an extra push, I love taking pictures of it all. I have plenty of snow pictures from this month, but thought I would feature four from the same afternoon since they represent what this month has felt like before all the holiday activities took hold.

Yup, cold and snowy and finally, officially winter. My daughter corrected us every time we said 'winter' when it was still officially fall so this is a rare moment that I will say that I am so glad it's finally winter. But, now it can be spring. Okay?

Be sure to check out the wonderful Shauna Hargis and follow the circle around.