Category Archives: Park Bench

More Snow

We have been busy going through my parents’ things to prepare for my dad moving in with me.  It truly is amazing what people accumulate through 57 years of marriage.

At any rate, we have had some more snow and I got out a couple times during my lunch hour to take a few photos last week.  After a while, they all start to look alike.  LOL.  I just thought I’d pop on quickly and dump these new ones into the cache :)

I am taking a day this weekend for me and my sidekick for a little road trip, weather-permitting.  I am going to try to go in search of the infamous Snowy Owl.  Sightings have been popping up throughout Minnesota this winter.  Not as many as last year, but a few nonetheless.  This year it is considered a Boreal Owl irruption, however, this is way up north and I don’t have the time or means to get up there this season, so I have to live vicariously through my birding friends.

Also wanted to get a few barns in the snow.  Forecast by the end of the week is for a major snow storm to come blowing through Thursday through Friday.  Hopefully out of our hair by Sunday for a fun road trip.

Hope you all enjoy your week and stay warm!

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Old Man Winter

Minnesota winters are harsh.  I have seen 27 inches of snow in two days, and I have seen -50 F below zero with almost as low windchills.  Not fit for man nor beast.  Seems they used to be harsher when I was a kid. But back in the 70’s (yes, I’m that old) winters were fun. We had way more snow and way more cold.  And yet it didn’t seem to bother us.  We were ALWAYS outside, whether we were making snowmen, snow forts, sledding, etc.  You name it, we did it.  I remember for Christmas one year I wanted the new K-TEL block maker or whatever it was called.  I got it and let me tell you, it was the best igloo maker around!  Rarely did we have snow days when I was going to school.  The big joke around here is when it gets up to 30, it is bikini time!

Last year we hardly got any snow.  We had one big storm dubbed “The Leap Year” storm and that was it.  Mild temperatures and less snow.   We had 30′s and 40′s in January.  Snowmobilers, ice fisherma, resort owners, and photographers like me were disappointed in the lack of snow we had.  I bet we didn’t even have 20 inches.  Everyone was joking that Old Man Winter had been laid to rest.

Well, I’m here to tell you that Old Man Winter is alive and well in Minnesota this year. We have had 30′s, and we have had frigid temperatures.  I have been out walking the last couple weeks, warm and cold.  One day was even 18 below zero on my lunch hour and I headed to the river to see what I could find.  The only thing NOT normal is that we have had snow, but not as much as in other years.  I am sure part of the global warming.

I have also sat on my deck watching the birds.  Not many hang out with us in the winter season because of the cold. We keep the summer stand-by’s like the Northern Cardinal, Blue Jays, Black-Capped Chickadees, and White-Breasted Nuthatches.  We acquire the snowbirds, down from Canada, like the Dark-Eyed Junco’s and Snow Buntings.  And of course, we have the Owls and Woodpeckers in all their glory.  I bought a heated bird bath the other day and just set it up.  Will see if it makes a difference in birds on my deck.

At any rate, here are some photos that I particularly liked in the past few weeks, along with my iPhone weather report, LOL :)

My trip to the river, I think by the time I made it there at noon it was -10 below.  I walked along the Mighty Mississippi taking photos of the steam coming up off the river, and of the swans seemingly totally oblivious to the fact that it was bitterly cold outside.  The water was warmer than the air temp at that time.

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Another day it was in the 20′s and nice and balmy, I checked out my favorite park and it didn’t disappoint.  LOTS of woodpeckers to be seen, although far away so I couldn’t get any photos.  I had all I could do to get back to work on time that day.

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And the day on my deck, taking photos of the Dark-Eyed Juncos and Black Capped Chickadees flitting around my deck, I’d say it was about 15 degrees above zero and snowing.

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As I sit here ready to upload this blog, it is about 10 degrees.  The weather this week looks to be in the 20′s and 30′s all week.  I plan a couple days for walking at lunch.  Back to my favorite park to try my luck in viewing the Pileated Woodpecker that frequents the park up close and personal.  Saturday, my sidekick and I are headed on a 5K for our local community.  The big thing around here is jumping in the lake at the Shiver Elk River every year.  My sidekick wanted to do it, I was afraid I would have a heart attack!  So we settled on the 5K.  However, if I am in the vicinity of the plungers, I will definitely take it upon myself to take a few shots!

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week!

“Nice Bench”……

That is a comment (sarcastically, I might add, LOL) my nephew made on one of my photos I took of a bench.  He was with me when I took it and had asked “What are you taking a picture of?” and I said, “that bench.”  The reply was followed by a funny look and rolled eyes.   I get that a lot, LOL.

I have no clue where or when my fascination with benches came in.  I’ve seen them in other photographs and thought they looked cool.  Color, Black & White, Sepia.  It doesn’t matter.   It just seems like when I see one I have to take a picture of it.   I almost always incorporate a bench into my portrait photography, if there is one to be found.

Benches, fences, gates, trees, stumps, etc.  You will see a lot of them in my photography.  I love trying to get the perfect composition of inanimate objects in a photo.   However, it does not always work out that beautifully :)  I have another photographer friend who just doesn’t see my inanimate object fascination, LOL.

Maybe it is that they look so lonely and it looks like they need company.   I have always been the one to try and fix something or someone.  And it has backfired on me a couple times.  They speak to me somehow.  I can’t explain it.  Maybe they want me to sit and talk to them for a while, peacefully watching the day go by.

I may have to try it some time…….. :)