Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Interrupting Normally Scheduled

All blogging on hold until darkness sets in again! Yesterday and today have been incredible! Yes, so far as yet, Spring has Sprung where I live!


Just a few shots to celebrate life.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Thematic Photographic - 241 Pairs

Foremost on my mind is spring, or the lack of it. Curiously enough, while Carmi was posting pairs, as our next photo theme, I was shooting the beginning of yet another April snow storm!

Minnesota Spring

A pair of trees waiting for buds.

Arriving back home late yesterday afternoon 
our rain was slowly beginning to change
over to snow once again.

and then shortly later

not too long after
came the real heavy, wet stuff falling fast.

Ah, the joys of winter in the middle of our springtime!
Makes you want to break out the snow shovel, right?

Yes, a few thaws ago, all the deck furniture came out again.
In the hopes
that soon spring would be here.

Now, today our afternoon, welcomes sunshine and again,
 the beginning of another melt.

A pair of  Frozen coffee mugs this morning!

Don't think we're not out enjoying our spring too!
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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Mag - 165

"Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well."
 - Aristotle

My Magpie Tales, arrives from the depths of a windswept island, and Tess for -
The Mag

Monhegan's Schoolteacher 2004 by Jamie Wyeth

Monhegan Island

 Eyes To the Window, Questing.

He's a painter by day and window gazer by night.
She's his latest subject perched behind an open window.
Yearning for the play of his hands
her nakedness invites him in.
Trembling he strokes the bareness of his brush
he knows each breath she draws
is begging him on into the might
of her heart's eager bite.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Saturday Centus 20 April 2013

"More than kisses, letters mingle souls."  -  John Donne

It's time for Flash-Fiction again!
Sweet writing evermore- Jenny's prompt is to be in letter form, with 102 words using -
"Dear John"

Dear To Whom It May Concern,

I begin with what should perhaps be written to, well, John
of course.  Albeit the correct thing, presently it may be too

Yes, I could really pour my heart and soul out to, Dear
Waste-Paper Basket, but I prefer you, the unknown,
unnamed person in my book of life.  My muse.  Your chapter
has been quite delicious, and I fail to see you grouped as 
unimportant in my life. 

So, my Dear John, letter will be brief, after this practice to
you, and merely announce, "I plan to marry another."


No regrets.

He's just a better catch!

For more Saturday Centus posts for Jenny's "Off on my tangent" blog simply go here-

Sepia Saturday - 173 - 20 April 2013

Practice makes perfect!

Dear Sepia Saturday friends here we are again
only instead of hiking for fun this week
we're out shooting for dinner!

Well, like the photo above, some of us are just practicing for future days of shooting for dinner or pastime.

How could I ever even think of finding a photo better than this darling and daring subject with his majestic catch?

It wouldn't be possible.


Is he proud or is he...hmm ? Quite the expression at any rate.

It's raining, it's melting, it's snowing? What time of year is it again?

Can you date this photo?  Too bad there isn't a vehicle or something that could date this photo, right?
Answer TIME.
My Sepia Saturday post last week had a mystery photo-
Most of you, that supplied an answer, albeit, windy-city or other such title, everyone was absolutely correct.  My mystery photo is one of my favorite destinations to visit, Chicago.  One that I can easily drive to, even if it does take about 6 hours to do it.
But, unless you've walked it- I don't think you'll ever appreciate just how quaint a city it is.  Seriously.
Chicago River Bascule Bridge
Spanning Chicago River at Clarke Street
 Just this week after steady downpours caused major flooding and sink holes in Chicago the storm swollen Chicago River was allowed to flow into Lake Michigan.
That's a really big deal too.
Getting back to my real post.
I'm focusing more on one of Alan's comments that went along with his theme photo- he wrote,
"I just feel like something a little odd."
Me too, lately.
It's almost as if my inspiration or muse, has flown the coop, possibly before it gets shot and hung like the birds above. 
Oh my!
So, I am closing with a bit of odd myself.

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Six Word Saturday 20 April 2013

"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true." - Soren Kierkegaard


Words of wisdom:  Leave deck bare until first mow.

There is always a good side!
There are two sides to everything.
This post is for Cate, from "Show my face" for
Six Word Saturday
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

I Believe in Us

Come together.
It's that simple.

If we share a common direction and a sense of community, in this journey together, we will arrive quickly and easily because, we are traveling on the thrust of one another, together.

Just in case you missed this, please take a moment to watch. 

  It brings tears of tenderness and hope, as the entire audience begins singing.
Which very often, is not the case, at these functions.


Did you look closely at this picture?
We can learn, by following the right teachers along our way.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Thematic Photographic - Eat

"There's a friendly tie of some sort between music and eating."
  - Thomas Hardy

Carmi's theme this week is "eat" and what a vast theme it is!

Grab yourself a chair, pass the food.  Life and sharing dinner with friends is so completely delicious!

Ah, Monster (our outdoor ground's keeper - a hairy Tom Cat) enjoys a chicken-livers feast tonight!  A must, every now and then, on those freezing days in Minnesota.

Ta Da! Pizza!  Stress free life when it's pizza night! Stress and monsters, can't exist in the presence of home-made-pizza!

What could be better than being served by others at dinner time.  Even if it's make believe food!

No more time for chatting now, must go prepare food to fill these dishes so we can
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Monday, April 15, 2013

The Mag #164

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." - Margaret Atwood

by Kuzma Petrov Vodin

For most, it's been a
 no spring in sight
for me to write.
 *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *
Spring, as it once was
pledges not, when it spawns
 fertile birth bemused 
Winter's vivacious
clamor loomed beyond, teeming
peers of thunder trapped
Incredibly dank,
budless treescape evermore
ever grey, winds howl.

Image provided by Tess Kincaid
for Magpie Tales

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Sepia Saturday - #172 - 13 April 2013

"I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light."
- Helen Keller

Below is our theme photo from Alan this week,
 and is described as
"Palmer's Mystery Hike # 2"

The first thing that came to mind seeing this enthusiastic group was, who were they smiling for, and if it was taken in July 1932 why were they dressed for cooler weather? 


This photo also from Mystery Tour # 2 was from Valley Heights in the lower Blue Mountains to Penrith, on the 10th of July, 1932.

Google to the rescue again.  Searching their Palmer mystery tour describes five mystery hikes around Sydney (hence Sydney's wintertime) scheduled in 1932 and were organized by the railroad and F. J. Palmer and Sons Department Store.  Hikers purchased a two-shilling train ticket and joined a train from Central Station to journey to a mystery destination.  They were always on Sunday and were quite popular hikes!

Rambling, they called it and it was popular across the English countryside, and evolved from a more rugged terrain called bushwalking.  More of their hikes can be seen at the Powerhouse Museum Collection from commercial photographer, Thomas Lennon.

Can you imagine, there were 4 trains that carried 2,000 hikers just on this second mystery tour.  They were known to document their adventure in the newly invented Box Brownie!

If you didn't already know, The Box Brownie was a camera.

Mystery Hikes weren't the only fun outings, as you'll see in the next two photos!

Oh my goodness, does anyone have a great caption for this group of hikers from Washington?  What an amazing group this is!

For the most part, they are a happy group.
Suffrage hikers.
This photo taken on February 10, 1913.
They hiked from New York City to Washington D. C. to join
the March 3, 1913 National American Woman Suffrage.

Hiking Back In Time

Let's hike into sepia photography,
 since that's what these Sepia Saturday posts are all about. 
Especially, since there are times I've looked at a sepia photograph and wondered, was this actually taken back in the day, or more recently?  That's when playing detective is necessary to determine when and even perhaps where it was taken.
Even our cell phones today have APPS that immediately transform our weekend family picnic back in time. 
 Of course, often our photos are just old, black and whites and arrive from stepping into the yesterday of our ancestors, or just plain life in general. 

I'll close with a sepia photo that I won't describe when or where it was taken, until next week.  Let's see if anyone can supply any information until then.

Any guess as to when, what or where this photo is? 

For more Sepia Saturday posts go here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Saturday Centus- Tuesday edition!

"Oh, - oh - oh, sweet mystery of life - at last I found you." - Young Frankenstein 1974

It Was The Summer of 1974...

It was high school life at it's best!

Can you dig it!

Fashion and music danced darkness away...

So little time to dance. "Hold on...."

Remember, Undercover?

1974 music- forever rocked!

Bob Dylan was young, and handsome.

Okay, sometimes a little scary, but what a voice!

He's Minnesota Grown!

Cars weren't as fine tuned and capable of doing everything for you.  In fact, not only did these vehicles merely drive, often they didn't even do that!

1974 Ford Pinto!
Politics back then were
Oh never mind,
let's stick with uncrushable enthusiasm
and contagious excitement.
The Bond, dreamy, handsome and handsome and dreamy all over again!

It was the summer of 1974, when life would only get better!
 This has been a post for Jenny, at "Off on my tangent" blog
her prompt was It was the summer of 1974!
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