Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sign of the Times

Ducks on the pond at St. Kate's college campus.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Photographer Addario

Last night nationally acclaimed photographer Lynsey Addario captivated the audience at the OEC Auditorium on the St Paul campus of St. Thomas University. She was the International Women's Day speaker at the Luann Dummer Center for Women and spent an hour showing her many remarkable photographs, answering questions and signing copies of her book. When her memoir, It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War, was first published in 2015, I immediately read it, and was delighted when she was scheduled as the speaker for the annual program sponsored by the Women's Center this year. She has travelled to many countries, using her photographs that reveal the human costs of war and social conflicts. Not just a bystander, Lynsey captured images in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Darfur -- sometimes embedded with US troops, even being captured twice and held as a prisoner by opposing forces. My photographs show her warmth and expressive presence while signing books at the closing reception.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

China's Last Dynasty

"Power and Beauty in China's Last Dynasty" is an extraordinary exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, a collaboration of the museum's objects with the renowned international theatre and opera designer and artist, Robert Wilson.  I found that the 10 galleries were staged with a combination of theatre and art. Each room evokes an aspect of life within China's imperial palace during the Qing (pronounced ching) dynasty, which ruled more than 250 years. The Buddhist Art gallery contained 5  standing buddhas elevated on high pedestals.  Taking photos in museums usually frustrates me because of the need to overcome the difficulty of awkward lighting, reflections that mar the image, and crowds of viewers. I need to return to get more pictures.

Monday, March 05, 2018

"I Am Somali"

Because of our nasty winter weather and unpleasant driving conditions, I had been putting my "Friday Field Trips" on hold, but I resumed last week with a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. I spent some time in the outstanding Chinese travelling exhibit (more on that later), and on my way out I walked through this small, delightful exhibit, "I Am Somali." The bright, vivid colours in the paintings are fantastic, depicting part of their history.  The Twin Cities is an area that has welcomed immigrants with with open arms, and we have the largest Somali community in the United States. Take that, Mr. Trump!!

Sunday, March 04, 2018

A Bread and Chocolate Bouquet Again!

During our cold season this is the closest I have come to seeing flowers, which I love because they lift my spirits. Bread and Chocolate, a cafe with terrific baked goods,  often uses an alcove above a fireplace to display seasonal flowers,  and they too must be anxious for spring weather. This is the sixth bouquet I have posted from the cafe, and you can see some of them here and here if you are interested.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

A Deer Moment

Earlier this week when the weather was a balmy (for Minnesota) 40 degrees DH and I drove to Fort Snelling State Park, a mere 5 minute drive from our home. We took advantage of the splendid weather to hike down the snow packed trails with Wild Wendy, our small little poodle. We encountered wild turkeys that acted like they owned the place as they strolled along the paths. The biggest thrill was meeting five deer along the park road. I think I'll go there more often to see if we can meet other wild life.

Linked to Saturday Critters & Camera Critters

Friday, March 02, 2018

Meet Ellen (or Edgar) the Eagle

My camera lens is not powerful enough for a close-up, but I loved seeing the eagle and its nest yesterday. I think I'll go with binoculars today to get a better view.  A friend spotted it and tipped me off and the bird soared into the nest shortly after I had arrived. I previously had seen several eagles' nests at the Eagles Museum in a near-by Mississippi River town and was amazed at its size. Even at this great distance it is obvious. I think eagles may be hunting along the Mississippi River which is close to my house. Our winter has recently been brightened for me by all the wildlife I have seen recently.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Theme Day, March 1, 2018-"Play"

Theme Day on the first of each month is a time when all city daily photo bloggers post an interpretation of the stated theme. Because it is also "Throwback Thursday," I decided to combine the two. This PLAY activity was taken at Camp Butwin on Family Day, July 28th, 2009.  Jim and I always attended all the many summers when grandson Dominique and granddaughter Olivia went to the JCC day camp. Here Olivia and daughter, Kati, are enjoying some refreshing play time.

To see other City Daily Photo Bloggers theme photos, click here.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Tree

Several bloggers often post pictures of trees that they like, and I am thinking particularly of 
"that old tree," which occasionally appears on Stefan's Tungelstad Daily Photo. This tree that looks its best in summer and winter is very different, but it has its own beauty. Note the depth of the snow cover by the image of the bench just to the left of the tree's trunk.