Minnesota 2015 Part 5

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Minnesota 2015 Part 5

Post by Roanoker » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:14 pm

It is the next day, 8/11/2015. First on the docket is this beautiful, not-so-young automobile.
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Now, what in the world are “Blue Mounds”?
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My husband and son, with tree.
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Ah. A rock cliff. My son, who has a degree in geology must be happy now.
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These look good enough to eat, but we didn’t.
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I think this must be a blue mound, but I’m not sure.
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I called this one a “Queen Anne Convention.”
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This was—is—a portrait-oriented image. It’s in the middle. I put portions of the image on each side and cut away parts of the sides to allow one tree each to provide a frame of sorts.
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Rock lovers should appreciate this one. I like the color.
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Another blue mound, I guess.
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Almost Christmassy. A bit late.
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I didn’t want to crop off the sides, so I just added more sky, from the original image.
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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 5

Post by FangKC » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:24 pm

The last one looks like a painting.

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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 5

Post by Roanoker » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:59 pm

Sometimes it’s good to step back and get a shot of the surroundings.
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It appears that we are visiting a place with a lot of rocks.
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We could have had a picnic here, but we didn’t bring food.
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Maybe not Bugs, but still a bunny.
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It is the next day, 8/12/15, and we are visiting Sioux Falls Park. We took a lot of pictures here.
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The geese like it here. I guess they like it everywhere.
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Many different forms of nature can be found at this place.
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Some parts aren’t terribly inviting.
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Young folks meet the challenge.
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A little house, not on the prairie.
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Never give up, but watch your step.
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“We can go here, but not there."
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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 5

Post by Roanoker » Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:40 pm

Built-in chairs.
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Sometimes it pays to just look up.
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Take two steps and the view changes.
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Some people take their cats for walks.
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That little house probably has an important function. I just don’t know what it is or was.
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Like a bridge over troubled waters.
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From this vantage point, it looks as if my son is taking a picture of a man in a wheelchair.
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I’m sure I had a good reason for taking a picture of these rocks. I just don’t remember what it was.
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No rocks or water in this part of the park. Rather peaceful.
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No cats here.
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Now we have trees. They don’t disappoint.
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Another plane! I bet this one didn’t cost as much as the first one.
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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 5

Post by Roanoker » Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:40 pm

What a nice retaining wall. And it’s all natural.
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Not quite ready for the Alps.
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Rocks and water. That about sums it up.
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Another would-be climber. Ya think flip-flops are the best idea here?
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Falls? What falls?
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Just another day at the “pool."
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We’re being observed.
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Sometimes it is just a walk in the park.
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Water over here, water over there…water everywhere!
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Ya gotta eat.
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Like a bridge over a canyon.
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Sometimes it is best to have no fear or shame.
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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 5

Post by Roanoker » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:18 pm

On the horizon, we see the remains of a mill that burned down years ago.
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The rocks are just there.
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My son has a good vantage point.
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Reminds me of Niagara Falls.
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I’m sure there was an important purpose for this little house. Dunno what it was.
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Water can fall in many different kinds of ways.
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I wonder why the water has color.
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Not the best way to deal with a portrait-oriented image. Just ignore the left side.
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Walking around and taking pictures.
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My son is reading about the ruins beyond.
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He apparently wants to record the explanation.
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And I spotted flowers!
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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 5

Post by Roanoker » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:01 pm

What would people sitting on the bleachers see?
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Inside the fence. No show.
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Now for something different...
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Back to the rocks and water.
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Mostly rocks here.
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You can almost hear the water rushing over the rocks.
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Rocks and grass.
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People and geese, with similar viewpoints.
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Some parents know how to deal with misbehaving children. (Kidding.)
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Now I see that the explanation is continued on the other side. However, I didn’t take a picture of the other side.
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Parts of the wall were quite sturdy.
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A window view.
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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 5

Post by Roanoker » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:07 pm

This is the cafe in the Sioux Falls Park where we ate lunch.
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Some of the falls.
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Bridges provide ample viewing areas.
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There was actually a glass globe at the top of the near-center pole, but it got cut in half by the top of the picture. I didn’t bother to create a new one when I extended the sky upward rather than crop the sides of the image.
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Sometimes ruins can be beautiful. I stretched, squeezed and warped the center structure to make it appear more straightforward as a background.
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I believe these rock slots were used to hold a giant pipe.
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Notice the train on the bridge approaching the river.
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The giant pipe formerly held by these rock slots apparently made its way to the big hole at the base of the little building.
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This place is accommodating, but watch your step.
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It looks like a flooded area, but it is perfectly natural.
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I extended the sky in all of these pictures where the sky was unimpeded. For this one. I had to crop off the top of the rock and then extend.
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No cropping here. Just a sky extension.
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