Special Places: Little Abstracts on the Prairie, General Mills Nature Reserve

A hidden gem in plain sight.  A nature reserve carved out near a major interchange and surrounded by the General Mills campus and apts.  I have taken some great shots of wild grasses and these photos from later summer during wildflower season.

Weeds in the water currents, General Mills Nature Reserve Spokes and spindles GenMills NatReserve Purple blooms majesty and exploding grass fireworks, GenMills NatRsv Spokes and spindles GenMills NatReserve 003 Sunflowers and weeping leaves Purple prairie flowers to be id later, Gen Mills NatReserve Prairie study, grasses, purple prairie clover,  Gen Mills Nat Reserve Sunflowers in the tall grass 002 Gen Mills NatReserve Seed covered plant, General Mills Nature Reserve

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Permanent Storage

Taken in a Public Storage facility ala  like the places featured on TV’s Storage Wars.  The  photo reminds me of the stories of those with near death experience where the near dead describe heading towards the White Light.  Hence Permanent Storage.   Just hope Barry buys your locker.

Permanent Storage

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Under the Broadwalk, so last century.

Some day a new generation won’t know what a boardwalk is anymore.  What will they call these new plastic modular versions?  Injection molded walkway?  Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.  But they look  very photogenic in late day light, if not as earthy as the old school wood boards.  See you under the plastic path … boardwalk.


Bench on the edge of the tamarack bog, Carver Park Reserve Horsetails and the boardwalk, Carver Regional Park Pattern of plastic boardwalk close up Pattern of plastic broadwalk, Carver Regional Park Plastics and nature, meet again, Carver Regional Park Plant along the boardwalkInto the Heart of Darkness, Elm Creek Park

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Draggin’ the line, dragonfly

Dragging the fly

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Rockin’ the Reagan

A front row seat with a view of the Ronald Reagan Airport tarmac during a driving rain.  The image gives the impression the gentleman is rocking on a porch with a major airport in his front lawn.  Taken by Iphone on April 30, 2014.


Rockin' the Reagan

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Old School… Church Cemetery

Taken last July cemetery shots from a rural German cemetery near a town called Hamburg.  This is from an era when a headstone meant something.


Church near New Hamburg, MN Circle is unbroken, but cropped Gathering plenty of moss, Emanual Lutheran Cemetery Graveyard and Churchyard as one, Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hamburg, MN 003 Tombstone row Tri cross Hamburg cemetery 002Cornerstone, Emanual Lutheran Church. Cross rows, Emanual Lutheran Cemetery the Mossy arch, Emanual Lutheran Cemetery, Hamburg, MN

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That old man river at times shows some gumption.

July 2013 –  After late spring, heavy rains in late June, the Mississippi was roaring at full spring meltdown levels.  No old man river this day.


Carmel flow, Mississippi River near Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis Light pole over debris near Lock and Dam, Minneapolis Mist over St. Anthony Falls, Minneapolis Old bridge support in the Mississippi River 003 Roiling down the river 002, Mississippi River St. Anthony Falls after heavy rains Roiling river, St. Anthony Falls after heavy rains 006, Mississippi River Spillway at maximum level, Minneapolis

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