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Sunday turned out to be a perfect day for senior photos. Kailee brought all kinds of fun things to work with. Here are a few of my many favorites. Enjoy!

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We did photos around Kelley’s house and downtown Lanesboro. Man did we hit the jackpot! Lots of great spots for shooting! Thanks Gayle for bringing clothes and just being fun!

Check out the phonebooth they suggested! Totally awesome! Not too many of those left.

Also, fun seniors to work with!!! Love this stuff! Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

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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.

Yesterday was such a beautiful day! I’ve been carrying around a nasty sinus infection for a few weeks now and it felt sooooooooo great to be outside feeling slight kisses from the sun on my face. Of course it is raining and “cold” again now…and…hold on to your underwear…snow is expected this weekend! YIKES! Oh well, I suppose we go through this every spring. Still…there is just something magical about all the wonderful transformations taking place in nature.

Jakob had invited the neighbor kids over to check out what they could find in the pond just below our house. Of course he could not go “unparented”, so I grabbed my camera and tagged along. It was so sweet to see how they cleaned out every inch along the edge of the water looking for anything that moved. Every now and then I would hear shrieks of joy…and “come and look what we caught”! So sweet!

Check out the itty-bitty frog I captured. I was taking photos of the kids and suddenly heard this loud frog sound. We can hear them from our house and I always imagined that they were quite large. No bigger than my thumb!!! When they make their croaking sound they blow up their chest like a balloon. It was really crazy to get so close to the “action”.

Here are some of the images I enjoyed “catching”!

Yes! Spring is here!

 

Not me…ha ha…I’m waaay too wimpy for that! Thursday was MEA and our kids didn’t have school. The weather was beautiful…low 50’s but sunny…and we wanted to spend one day on the river before putting the boat away for the winter. Something most people have already done, so we pretty much had the river to ourselves.

It also happened to be Nicholas’ birthday (nephew). His mom wanted to treat everyone with lunch right below their house, at Wildcat landing in Brownsville. My friend Heather and her three kids came along…pretty soon we were quite the crew. Nicholas’ dad, David, sister Jamie and her son Noah also joined in the fun. Nicholas’ sister-in-law, Rachel and her to boys; Christian and Roland came as well.

This family I married into are known for doing all kinds of wild things. Well, Thursday they decided that waterskiing would be fun. They are some brave souls. Nicholas went first. He would probably have gone a long ways, but realized he had forgotten a life jacket and turned around after a sweet but short trip. Sister Jamie is no wuss…and in jeans and a t-shirt!!!…jumped in the water. Not being outdone by these young kids, my husband had to have a run as well. These guys are a little crazy…which I guess makes some fun entertainment for the rest of us.

After our little skiing adventures, people had to get back to work. Some of us stayed on the river and toured up to La Crosse, WI. We docked at Riverside, right down town. First stop is ALWAYS to see Karen at Generous Earth Pottery. My husband took the kids up there earlier this summer and Karen was so sweet with the kids. They love stopping in to say Hi. She makes the most beautiful pottery with all kinds of colors. My favorites are the buttery yellow and ice green colors. I always hold my breath just a little when we’re in there. Karen has amazing pottery everywhere and I don’t want to have to buy broken stuff. We have to go by car some time soon, so we can do some shopping. A must see when you stop in La Crosse, it’s on Pearl Street.

Next stop is Pearl Ice Cream Parlor which is a really old ice cream parlor with the original interior, for the most part. They have lots of sizes for cones and more flavors than I can even remember.

What a beautiful ride!!! Here are some shots from the days events. Enjoy!

Noah, Mariah E, Jakob, Maria M, Dane, Grace, Stine, Heather, Nicholas & Matthew

The whole gang…

Don’t mess with this fierce football team!

Nicholas celebrating his birthday…on the river…literally!

The red building in the back is where Jamie and Nicholas grew up. Talk about a great location!

Jamie stepped it up a notch…wet suit…what for?

Great job Jamie!

Crazy man himself…Matthew.

Up one more notch…starting IN the river… Brrrrrrr!

Faster!

I wasn’t ready and missed it, but right after this shot Matthew went to the edge of the boat and did a backflip into the river. Wild!

What?! No one at the beach?!

Beautiful Karen!

Until next time…

…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. : )

I was looking through some shots from October and came across the ones below. I totally love being at airports. I doesn’t matter how many hours I have to wait – I LOVE IT! There are so many cool images – everywhere!

Had I waited just one more day I would most likely not have been able to go anywhere. The weather turned into a snow storm and all planes were grounded the following day.

Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

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Loved the bright yellow marks on the glass sliding doors at the airport in Oslo. Fresh!

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The silhouettes of people walking was super cool! The people walking on the top is actually a reflection and were behind me.

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Looking down the loooong walkway. I like the lines.

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Lots of fun lines crossing each other.

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I totally loved how neatly these planes were lined up.

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Norwegian fjords and mountains. My nose was “glued” to the window the whole time until we got to the coast. Just beautiful!

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The coast of Iceland coming closer.

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…more Iceland. Looks like a crater to me.

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Going in for landing. Check out the loooong stretches of roads cutting up the landscape.

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Back up…icy windows.

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Iceland air have fresh fun colors! I have quite a few shots like this one. Just something about those colors.

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This one has a sort of stormy underwater feel I think.

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After what felt like a never-ending flight we finally reached Minneapolis. Amazing sun set! You can even see the reflection in some of the small lakes in the city.

Hopefully I’ll have images from another trip sometime soon.  : )

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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Exactly one year ago I spent ten days in Santa Monica, California. Of course I picked the one week when you needed a winter coat and it had to be zipped up. There was actually ice on the streets a few mornings and the news showed busted water pipes and amazing ice sculptures because of it. It didn’t stop me from enjoying my time out there. I laid in the sand and on the streets. It is not really that obvious where some of these are taken, but they are the kind of shots I love to take. Here are some of my favorites. Feel free to comment.

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