San Francisco Trip

A good friend from college invited us out to visit him in Sacramento, so we flew in to SF and did some sightseeing as we came and went.

 One of the first photos I took.  This was from Baker Beach on the Pacific side of the bridge.

One of the first photos I took.  This was from Baker Beach on the Pacific side of the bridge.

 This was from the northern end of the bridge.

This was from the northern end of the bridge.

 I like how this one shows the city peeking through the bridge.

I like how this one shows the city peeking through the bridge.

 I managed to capture a Cable Car in the wild

I managed to capture a Cable Car in the wild

 The "Painted Ladies" houses from the opening credits of "Full House"

The "Painted Ladies" houses from the opening credits of "Full House"

Catch-up post for Winter 2017-18

Sorry, but I haven't been updating the website as often as I should.  This post should catch me up for the past 5 months.

 November sunset at the Lowry Avenue Bridge

November sunset at the Lowry Avenue Bridge

 The "love locks" at Canal Park, Duluth MN

The "love locks" at Canal Park, Duluth MN

 St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton MN

St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton MN

 nighttime view of the Mill District and Mississippi

nighttime view of the Mill District and Mississippi

 wintertime riverside under the Stone Arch Bridge

wintertime riverside under the Stone Arch Bridge

 the Weisman Museum on a sunny day

the Weisman Museum on a sunny day

 the Minnesota State Capitol reflected in Spring snow melt

the Minnesota State Capitol reflected in Spring snow melt

 long exposure over the Lowry Hill Tunnel

long exposure over the Lowry Hill Tunnel

 Mill District from the Stone Arch Bridge

Mill District from the Stone Arch Bridge

 Sabo pedestrian bridge over highway 55 on a clear day

Sabo pedestrian bridge over highway 55 on a clear day

 Minnehaha Falls in late winter, early spring

Minnehaha Falls in late winter, early spring

 Lowry Bridge lit up for Twins home opener

Lowry Bridge lit up for Twins home opener

Fall Colors I've found around town

 Stairs down to Mississippi on Nicollet Island   

Stairs down to Mississippi on Nicollet Island

 

 "Nothing gold can stay"   

"Nothing gold can stay"

 

 The path home, Logan Park, Northeast Minneapolis.

The path home, Logan Park, Northeast Minneapolis.

 Fall Color Puddlegram.

Fall Color Puddlegram.

One Day of PTO, five waterfalls.

According to my calculations, Friday October 20th was my best chance to catch peak fall colors across south/central Minnesota.  My calculations were correct.

 First stop: Triple Falls near Mankato.

First stop: Triple Falls near Mankato.

 Second Stop: Minneopa State Park, also near Mankato.

Second Stop: Minneopa State Park, also near Mankato.

 Third Stop: Caron Park near Faribault.

Third Stop: Caron Park near Faribault.

 Fourth Stop: Hidden Falls at Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park.

Fourth Stop: Hidden Falls at Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park.

 Fifth Stop: Vermillion Falls in Hastings.

Fifth Stop: Vermillion Falls in Hastings.

 Not an official 'stop' but I had to snag this sunset skyline pic of St Paul as I came back home after 12 hours on the road.

Not an official 'stop' but I had to snag this sunset skyline pic of St Paul as I came back home after 12 hours on the road.

Solo trip chasing waterfalls and fall colors (water-fall-colors)

I had a couple days of PTO from my day job, and made the most of a four-day weekend.  I took the trailer up to a friend's property on Lake Superior, just outside of Bayfield, Wisconsin.  On the way up and back I visited six state parks in three states.

 

 The Presque Isle River in the Porcupine Mountains State Park, in the U.P. of Michigan.

The Presque Isle River in the Porcupine Mountains State Park, in the U.P. of Michigan.

 sunrise outside of Bayfield, WI. You can see the masts of sailboats in the marina.

sunrise outside of Bayfield, WI. You can see the masts of sailboats in the marina.

 Little Manitou Falls, Pattison State Park oustide of Superior, WI

Little Manitou Falls, Pattison State Park oustide of Superior, WI

 Copper Falls State Park, Mellen, Wisconsin.

Copper Falls State Park, Mellen, Wisconsin.

 Now-and-Then Falls, Amnicon Falls State Park, Wisconsin.

Now-and-Then Falls, Amnicon Falls State Park, Wisconsin.

 Houghton Falls State Natural Area, Washburn, Wisconsin.

Houghton Falls State Natural Area, Washburn, Wisconsin.

 Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton, Minnesota

Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton, Minnesota

 Wolf Creek Falls, Banning State Park, Sandstone, Minnesota

Wolf Creek Falls, Banning State Park, Sandstone, Minnesota

Anniversary trip, to the North Shore

 Morning on the North Shore

Morning on the North Shore

 Reflections of Split Rock Lighthouse

Reflections of Split Rock Lighthouse

 The "Spirit Tree" has been overlooking the big lake for over 300 years

The "Spirit Tree" has been overlooking the big lake for over 300 years

 High Falls on the Pigeon River, Canada is on the right.

High Falls on the Pigeon River, Canada is on the right.

 Grand Marais Harbor breakwater and lighthouse

Grand Marais Harbor breakwater and lighthouse

 Chester Creek, Duluth

Chester Creek, Duluth

Labor Day weekend in Wisconsin

 Big Falls County Park, Eau Claire

Big Falls County Park, Eau Claire

 Detail at Big Falls County Park

Detail at Big Falls County Park

 I found the most "Wisconson-y" road in Wisconsin!

I found the most "Wisconson-y" road in Wisconsin!

 Copper Falls State Park

Copper Falls State Park

 Peachy-misty sunset on the drive home

Peachy-misty sunset on the drive home

Photos taken around town, between trips

 Got lucky enough to capture this red-tail hawk in flight as I was walking around Lake Calhoun

Got lucky enough to capture this red-tail hawk in flight as I was walking around Lake Calhoun

 Minnehaha Falls never get old.   

Minnehaha Falls never get old.

 

 The view from Prospect Park, at the foot of the "Witch's Hat" tower.

The view from Prospect Park, at the foot of the "Witch's Hat" tower.

 View of downtown from under the Broadway Ave bridge

View of downtown from under the Broadway Ave bridge

 I like Hidden Falls in St Paul almost as much as Minnehaha

I like Hidden Falls in St Paul almost as much as Minnehaha

 Sunset over downtown from the Franklin Ave bridge

Sunset over downtown from the Franklin Ave bridge

 The Weisman Art Museum reflecting the sunset

The Weisman Art Museum reflecting the sunset

 Sunset over downtown from the west-bank end of the Washington Ave bridge

Sunset over downtown from the west-bank end of the Washington Ave bridge

Overnight visit to the Cabin, chasing the Aurora

The Aurora forecast was favorable, and the calendar said it was Friday, so I loaded up on coffee and headed north.  The lights didn't show up, but I got some great pics anyway.

 My walk home from work after deciding to chase the Aurora that night.

My walk home from work after deciding to chase the Aurora that night.

 stopped by the lift bridge while waiting for the skies to clear

stopped by the lift bridge while waiting for the skies to clear

 Canal Park

Canal Park

 Night reflection, learned a lot about shooting at night.   

Night reflection, learned a lot about shooting at night.

 

 another night shot from the cabin   

another night shot from the cabin

 

 fishing in the mist

fishing in the mist

 took the super-scenic route home, via the North Shore of Lake Superior

took the super-scenic route home, via the North Shore of Lake Superior

 View of Tettegouche State Park's Shovel Point

View of Tettegouche State Park's Shovel Point

 Shack at Stoney Point

Shack at Stoney Point

 Chester Creek in Duluth

Chester Creek in Duluth

Solo trip to a few WI state parks

We downsized the travel plans, but I still had a whole week of PTO (and the WI parks vehicle sticker) so I took off solo.

 Mill Bluff State Park

Mill Bluff State Park

 Wildcat Mountain State Park

Wildcat Mountain State Park

 Willow River State Park

Willow River State Park

Aquatennial fireworks

I'm still learning my way around shooting in full manual with a DSLR (Canon Rebel T6). So I was disappointed in the results I got from the 4th of July fireworks.  Also, my vantage point on the Plymouth Ave bridge wasn't the best.  I tried to learn some lessons in order to apply them to what we all know is the better fireworks show of the summer: the Target Aquatennial fireworks.

 In position, playing around with my settings and feeling good about my prospects

In position, playing around with my settings and feeling good about my prospects

 My best shot of the actual show

My best shot of the actual show

 One more parting shot after the show

One more parting shot after the show

 A shot from the Plymouth Ave bridge on the walk home

A shot from the Plymouth Ave bridge on the walk home

Vacation to U.P. and northern Wisconsin

This year's vacation was downsized to four days, three nights.  But we still saw a lot of the U.P. (Keweenaw in particular).  Beginning with two waterfalls on the way to Houghton, day 1.

 Bond Falls

Bond Falls

 Agate Falls

Agate Falls

Day two I took off solo to explore all the way up to Copper Harbor.

 Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor

 Eagle Harbor lighthouse

Eagle Harbor lighthouse

 Our view of the Houghton lift bridge

Our view of the Houghton lift bridge

Day three we motored on to Wisconsin.

 Ontonagan, Michigan lighthouse, local angler in foreground

Ontonagan, Michigan lighthouse, local angler in foreground

 Mandibo Falls, in the Porcupine Mountain State Park near Wakefield MI.

Mandibo Falls, in the Porcupine Mountain State Park near Wakefield MI.

 Amnicon Falls State Park, Wisconsin.

Amnicon Falls State Park, Wisconsin.

Last day on the road, saw some great scenery on the way, though

 Northern Wisconsin, "ribbon of highway"

Northern Wisconsin, "ribbon of highway"

 Pattison State Park, Wisconsin

Pattison State Park, Wisconsin

 Big Manitou Falls, highest waterfall in Wisconsin

Big Manitou Falls, highest waterfall in Wisconsin