Good fences (in so many places) make good neighbors. Especially at the Minnesota Zoo. What an incredible day it was for the middle of October. Everyone experiencing the outside in Minnesota would've sworn it was July. Except for -
Here- Behind glassed area..... Free to roam the open behind fences too!
"If you don't enter the tiger's den, how can you catch the tiger's cub?" - Ban Chao
Nature teaches us sense and purpose, but mostly that owning a sense of humor is vital to our survival.
What did Greta the camel say to Josephine the camel? "Should we stand up and show off our legs?"
A Zoo is one of those places where fences are not just for holding things captive, but more importantly for holding things back!
But- when it comes to holding back in life-
"You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back." - Barbara De Angelis
I was reminded on this day of something my mother said years ago. She couldn't understand how they called this a zoo, when we barely caught sight of animals! Yet, I was able to grab a few fence photos right?
As a matter of fact, after shooting this photo, I noticed someone trying to see what in the world I was shooting here.
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." - Frank Lloyd Wright
"Study people, love people, stay close to people. They will seldom ever fail you." - Me
Thanks for sharing fences with me again, good neighbor.
Greetings from a picturesque hamlet where architectural heritage is preserved. Mantorville, Minnesota where the Zumbro River runs through it.
It's never about our voice it's about our song.
The same holds true for places, as well as people.
Today, I present for you Mantorville, from our visit last Sunday and a few photos from three years ago. You'll recognize the summer photos immediately.
Greetings, and welcome from a town named after the Mantor brothers, Peter and Riley, who arrived here in 1853. It's listed on and known as "National Register of Historical Places Mantorville Limestone" a unique experience for all.
"Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious." - Ruth Reichl
Restoration House, Built in 1856 once the first court house, and offers from the basement the jail cell that was used at that time. The house is restored as a late 1880's residence, complete with tours.
Opera House, Built in 1918 also served as City Hall, a bingo parlor, movie theater (for silent films) a dance hall, and a roller rink. Today it's once again a thriving theatrical experience offering live performances and concerts throughout the year. Melodramas are featured during the summer and folks arrive to boo and hiss villains or cheer for their hero.
The Post Office, built in 1896 and once Blummer's Saloon, the post office is the only brick building in Mantorville. Since Mantorville never offered residential mail delivery for many years, the post office was quite busy.
Hello Zumbro river running through town. This Dam of Mantorville, was originally built in 1855. The dam provided water for a flour mill that was situated on the west side of the dam. The effect of the dam on the flow of the river created "Goat Island" (the point of land to the west.)
How it was in the summer three years ago.
This was taken last Sunday at the Old Log Cabin, aka Cooper's Log House, built in the 1850's, was the home of the barrel maker (Cooper) who made barrels and kegs for the original Mantorville Brewery. A collection of those items are stored in the basement and can be seen during tours.
I hope they put our flag back up!
The next two photos were taken three years ago. I'm not sure if it was new paint, but seeing it Sunday we knew it had been restored since these photos.
I just adore Minnesota in the summer.
History connects us in tangible ways.
Below are some not so talkative town folk we happened to see Sunday.
Some of you may have seen this photo on Facebook (twice in fact) it was a favorite spot for Hollyhocks to grow. But now they have restored the area in front of what once was, St. John's Episcopal Church, which now houses the Dodge County Historical Society Museum. Good-bye Hollyhocks.
You can bet next summer, I'll check for hearty old Hollyhocks that made it out of the ground and shot through the new limestone display.
This Civil War Recruiting Station is located a few miles from downtown Mantorville.
I don't visit Mantorville often, but I never fail to take photos of it. I've toured the historical points like the old Brewery ruins and such, but it seems I have a list of other important locations to view as well.
Note, if you ever get to Mantorville there are many historical buildings and locations not shown in this post.
Not to miss on your visit is the famous Hubbell House. As a matter of fact we dined there Sunday with our friends from out of town.
Most importantly (worthy of seeing) is the Covered Bridge/Goat Island where each spring during the 1850's the local dog catcher would ferry 6 - 8 goats to this island by rowboat! The goats were pastured there for the summer months to keep the weeds and tall grass under control.
The covered bridge connecting the island and the park is 1 of 2 in the state to be logged by the National Covered Bridge Society.
This concludes our tour for today.
You'll regret the things you didn't take time to see.
In elementary school teachers were always saying, "Pay More Attention" and "don't stare out the window." Apparently, they never noticed that I really was paying a lot of attention, on everything but schoolwork. As children, most of us never missed a beat on anything around us. SIX WORD SATURDAY
A SIMPLE ACT OF PAYING ATTENTION
TAKES YOU A LONG, LONG WAY
"For the senses wander, and when one lets the mind follow them, it carries wisdom away like a windblown ship on the waters." - Bhagavad Gita
Secretly, (don't tell anyone) I want this horse. It's been at this antique shop since the beginning of time nearly, (a bit overpriced) hence the reason no one has purchased it yet.
GOOD FENCES If you're in my neck of the woods, you could see this roadside art from the freeway. Greetings from a piece of property with two dirt roads surrounded by a field of incredible antiques and artwork, hoping to dazzle your soul.
I'm lucky it's only a few miles away from my house. Down this dirt path I see things I've never seen before.
Some folks may label this, junk in the woods.
Random paths invite me to wander between and around objects put to pasture, so to speak.
Please do follow me into the very land of the unknowns.
Hello peace-out hippie-van parked on a beach in Minnesota land.
Welcome to a lost, but not forbidden, coastal place caught in Minnesota.
Someone has been quite busy putting scenes to the many things out here.
Spoiler Alert - I'll only show sights with fences in or near them.
This is one gigantic Harley Davidson Motorcycle.
"Fancies are like shadows, you can't cage them, they're such wayward dancing things." - L.M. Montgomery
"We have to make room for other people. It's a wheel. You get on. You go to the end. And someone else has the same opportunity to go to the end. And so on. And somebody else takes their place." - Vivian Maier
When I grow up
I long to be
just like the -
secret street photographer that folks call Vivian. She's a matter of fact tell it like it is gal snapping to evoke the very nature of folks.
A hands on the hip kind of gal showing young minds the world outside even if it blows their minds.
I'd go on a shooting spree
not to fill up
a shutter of captures
like a pornographer might do but rather just like Vivian shooting life's little details her focus not so much on crocus but rather bits of ruckus upon ordinary streets People at their most silly, or vulnerable moments
being just like
or a autobiographer
one shutter at a time
taking 150 thousand captures
like a secret street photographer-
I see a lot of myself within Vivian Maier and her captures.
To see a short clip of her work check out the link below.