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Back in March I drove some great back-roads by Lanesboro (Minnesota) to photograph some of the beautiful pottery created by Joel Sampson of  COPPER CRANE POTTERY.

His studio has large windows that let all this wonderful light in. We even saw a deer, munching away on squash, right…and I mean RIGHT…outside his windows. Apparently it sleeps right up against the wall. What a fun sight!

Joel has some amazing work and I loved how he creatively added flowers to the vases to show the possibilities. Check out one of my favorites below; the sink with imprints of a child’s hands…how creative is that!!! Then there is the Jar Fountain (images 6, 7 & 8.) with the itty bitty flakes that look like gold. I had a hard time keeping my little Jakob away from that one when we saw it at a gallery. The request for “lift me up so I can see” went on and on and on…

The Japanese Lantern Fountain (last two images) was amazing to hear. Yes! HEAR. When Joel plugged in the simple fountain and the water was going it was the sound of RAIN. Just light and delightful.

Enjoy the images below and don’t forget to check out some more work on his website. The images below cover just some of his incredible work.

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So…I couldn’t stop with the Tomato Skyline…had to keep working as I was inspired to come up with something that had to do with this cat shot I did a few years ago. Cat’s are totally awesome!!! …I loved the shot I got of little Max…not so little anymore though…

The rustic shots of metal and other stuff was taken right down below our house. I can go for hours…picture hunting.

I hope you like my FIERCE GRANARY CAT…I do!  : )

…the St Paul skyline…and some storm-clouds…makes for a sweet picture!

While waiting for some files to upload…well, actually the upload finished…and I kept on working with a mixture of images. I’ve had the idea for a while, but finally found some time to work on it. I LOVE  how it turned out and might even consider this one for part of the house that has yet to get any artwork.

It should brighten up someone’s day. : )

Here are a few images taken last Sunday afternoon right before going into Winter Park. The air was full of snow and there was barely any light left. It made for some interesting images using slow speed. The very last one is of a tree all decorated with lights. It is taken on Main street in Winter Park and is just fun and happy. Enjoy!

My sister, her daughter Tindra and I decided to walk down to the new Opera House in Oslo. It opened in April of this year and has been in the news quite a bit.

The moment I saw the building I was blown away. I have seen lots of images, but they are nothing compared to actually being there. Oslo Opera House is simply stunning! You better believe I got my camera out in a hurry. Those moments make it hard for me to focus on anything else other than framing up images through my camera. 

The building is an amazing piece of art. There is white marble everywhere you walk and the building has lots of glass which gives a bright wonderful light on the inside of the building. The cool thing is that you can actually walk up on top of the roof. When you get up there the side of the building is put together with these  “braille” looking tiles. On the bottom the marble goes right into the fjord. 

The inside was another sweet surprise. Contemporary design a classy giftshop and a simple restaurant with an amazing wine list. Even the bathrooms were something to see.

I could have walked around all day. I think my favorite part is the simple style that you see everywhere in and outside the building. There are strong clean lines EVERYWHERE. LOVE IT!

Here are some of my favorite shots. Enjoy!

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Me in the brisk wind with a sleeping niece. Perfect timing!

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My beautiful little sister.

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I would love to go and see a performance. Imagine the view from inside when the sun goes down. 

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A close up of the tiles on the buildings.

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Not a posed shot. It just felt right.

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Beautiful wall that greets you as you enter the Opera House.

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Another “on-the-go” shots of my sister.

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In between all the white and wood you will find a bright dash of red on the tables in the restaurant. Which also has a beautiful view of the fjord.

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As the weather changed I found myself constantly drawn to this huge window facing west. 

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For these last two I chose to use my “gold”.

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