Catching Up

22 Jan

I’m behind in posting photos, so here’s a sampling of my past few months. Some from around our house, some from Minnesota in general. The captions will tell the story! All of them are kind of small for some reason but you can click on them to see them larger!

It's been terriblly dry around here.  This is a lake near our house...or, should I say, is supposed to be a lake.  I believe this is a Redtailed Hawk, but I might be wrong.

It’s been terriblly dry around here. This is a lake near our house…or, should I say, is supposed to be a lake. I believe this is a Redtailed Hawk, but I might be wrong.

Unsurprisingly, he didn't stick around for long.

Unsurprisingly, he didn’t stick around for long.

Cormorants near our house.  I love how they dry their wings like this.  They don't have the oils in their feathers that most water birds have, so they have to hang them to dry!

Cormorants near our house. I love how they dry their wings like this. They don’t have the oils in their feathers that most water birds have, so they have to hang them to dry!

This fall we drove up to Minneapolis and Saint Paul, aka The Twin Cities of Minnesota.  Along the way I took a few shots...

This fall we drove up to Minneapolis and Saint Paul, aka The Twin Cities of Minnesota. Along the way I took a few shots…

I find old barns to be a lot more interesting than new ones.

I find old barns to be a lot more interesting than new ones.

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In all my 19 years in Minnesota I'd never visited the Walker Art Center or the sclupture garden across the street.  This is the most famous sculpture there, and has become synonymous with Minneapolis.

In all my 19 years in Minnesota I’d never visited the Walker Art Center or the sclupture garden across the street. This is the most famous sculpture there, and has become synonymous with Minneapolis.

I kind of like this different view...

I kind of like this different view…

The Minnesota Capitol Building.

The Minnesota Capitol Building.

A bald eagle was hanging out along the highway.  I was glad the photo turned out this well when going 55mph - no, I wasn't the one driving!

A bald eagle was hanging out along the highway. I was glad the photo turned out this well when going 55mph – no, I wasn’t the one driving!

Our back yard, a couple weeks ago.

Our back yard, a couple weeks ago.

Sunrise in Worthington, Minnesota.

Sunrise in Worthington, Minnesota.

A few minutes later a man walked by...

A few minutes later a man walked by…

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16 Responses to “Catching Up”

  1. Minnesota Prairie Roots January 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    So much to love about these photos, Gretchen, especially the sunrise and the barns. Oh, how I miss those sw MN sunrises and sunsets.

    I’ve never visited the Sculpture Garden and, to this day, cannot figure out what a cherry on a spoon has to do with Minneapolis, or Minnesota for that matter.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

      🙂 I have wondered the same thing, but I suppose it’s got as much to do with MN as, say, the arch has to do with St. Louis – it just happens to be there and has become a necessary part of the landscape. I did enjoy seeing it, and do like it, I think – I like cherries, and I like art that actually IS something as opposed to art that is totally weird. So I’m okay with it! And yes, we do have some marvelous sunrises around here. Photos never seem quite to do them justice…

  2. cravesadventure January 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Great Captures – love the barns and the cherry on the spoon! Have a Great One:)

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      Thanks – I love old barns. The majority of my pics of them weren’t too good, but a few were ok! I wish I had an old barn on my property!

  3. Hotly Spiced January 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    I love the image of your backyard. It looks like a Christmas postcard. So foreign to my own environment xx

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      It was a beautiful snow we had that day. It doesn’t stay so beautifully on the trees for very long!

  4. treadlemusic January 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Thanks for the “time travel”! Sometimes it helps to be reminded of such things as the heat/drought that captured our attention this past year! Great to see you’re still alive and well! Blessings…….

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      I’m alive and mostly well, though we’ve been fighting various illnesses for a month or so, one after another of the famiily falling ill in their turn. Get’s tiresome. And as for that drought, if we don’t get rain this spring – and I mean a lot – we’re going to be severely hurting here in SW MN.

  5. vyvacious January 23, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    Oh yay! Great photos!!

  6. Gwen January 23, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Gorgeous photos. Captures the essence of Midwestern Americana.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      Thank you! I struggle sometimes with finding beauty around here – I’m used to mountains and ocean – but then I realize that there is a lot of beauty, I just have to expand my definition of what beauty is.

  7. whatimeant2say January 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    I LOVE old barns. I always said I was going to live in one some day, but then my husband pointed out that I hate cold drafts, and those would be kind of hard to avoid if I lived in an old barn. Such a party pooper.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 24, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      I have seen some…interesting barn conversions. I don’t think I’ve ever been inside one. I would hope that they’re fix the drafts, though! Goodness! That would not be fun if they didn’t. It’s zero degrees here today with an even colder windchill…makes me know that I don’t like drafts, either.

  8. Gemma Hawdon January 25, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    Lovely photos Gretchen! I especially loved the sunsets and the photo of the snow – wow I miss the snow. I moved from England to Australia 15 years ago and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen it!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 28, 2013 at 9:29 am #

      Thanks so much, Gemma! I am posting even more wintery photos tomorrow – though, to be sure, they’re photos of things in the snow that I have zero interest in! Thanks for your comment!

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