architecture

Lake Street Bridge

 

Song of the day, Brian Eno, Music for Airports


Record Stores of the Twin Cities: Vintage Music Co, Minneapolis

 

Song of the day, Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson, Sixth Avenue Express


End of the Season, St. Paul Saints, last home game of 2017

Song of the day:Louis Armstrong, When the Saints Go Marchin’ In


mill city

Song of the week, John Lennon, Instant Karma


Grand Marais

Song of the day: Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanal, Baby it’s Cold Outside


Vermillion Falls, Hastings

Song of the day, Sister Rosetta Tharp, Didn’t it Rain


White House

Song of the day: Gene Krupa, Birdhouse

 


8.17.16

Song of the day: Paul Simon, Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes


Picnic Grounds of the Ancients

These mysterious structures were built millions of years ago, perhaps, by ancient suburbanites of this locale. The local legends speak of something referred to only as “weenie-roasts.” What actually took place here, what purpose these small monolithic structures served, what happened to the forgotten tribes that used them for some long lost purpose… well, we may never know the true story. We are left with conjecture and imagination. Could this be the representation of an ancient spacecraft that landed here before recorded time? Or it is an igloo precursor, hewn from stone by long-lost technology? Or some sort of communication device? Or an early sauna? Or the beehive of the gods???

Song of the day: Theme from the X Files


Maiden Rock, Wi

Yesterday’s Phenology: I heard on the radio that this is typically the warmest week of the year. (Yup, sure is.) I think Saturday is the start of the big cool down.

Song of the day: Lyle Lovett, Summer Wind

 


Angel from Maiden Rock

Yesterday’s Phenology: Summer continues. Sunny. 91. Not so enjoyable. Very dry.

Song of the day: Bonnie Raitt, Angel from Montgomery


Wisconsin farm

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another day full of sun. Hit 93 in the afternoon. Little movement by local phenology, or phenologists. Thunderstorm passing north of Maplewood in the early morning shed some dramatic lightning bolts, but what rain there was was over there.

Song of the day: John Mellencamp, Crumblin’ Down


monday morning blues

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another perfect day, partly sunny, with a high of maybe 70? A tad breezy, but just plain nice, really. Went to the dogpark, saw many dogs, including a deerhound that looked like a bit of a cross between a borzoi and an Irish Wolfhound. Saw a kingfisher kingfishing, and perhaps some mature redstarts flitting about in the trees.

Song of the day: Mississippi John Hurt, Monday Morning Blues


One from the archives, march 2012, Gotham City

Yesterday’s Phenology: A nice sunny warm dry day. And a bit breezy. And everything is pretty green again

Song of the day: The Vogues, Five O’Clock World


Common Good Books, St. Paul

Yesterday’s Phenology: A bit of a boring day. Sunny, mid 70s. Walked around the pond, the baby geese are about.

Song of the day: Percy Sledge, When a Man Loves a Woman


Dine / Dance

Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny and warmish — though the day did start off with scraping ice off the windshield. But, a momentary disappointment. The day improved. The sun warmed. Wood ducks waddle by the pond. Geese pout by the paths, all surly and annoyed. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a cheery Canadian Goose. They are malcontents.

Song of the day, Petula Clark, I Know a Place


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Yesterday’s Phenology: Woke up to a winter wonderland, with about an inch and a half of snow on the ground, and all the trees and bushes crowned with heavy white crowns. Snow was kind of spotty across the Twin Cities – it seemed like downtown St. Paul didn’t get any, and there was a dusting up in Maplewood. Just about freezing as I headed to work, but the sun came out in the afternoon and it warmed up to the low 50s. Saw about a dozen red-winged blackbirds showing off in a little tiny wetland on my way to work. After work I walked Flynn and saw a lot of little tiny blue flowers looking for pollinators. Springtime in Minnesota.

Song of the day: Grateful Dead, Estimated Prophet

 


sunny day

Yesterday’s Phenology: Very nice day; dog park in the morning was warm enough and mostly sunny. Lots of woodpeckers and cardinals at the dogpark, and a large raptor circling overhead, which I’m not sure what it was, but perhaps an osprey? Not an eagle. I don’t think a hawk, either. Very large, circling very gracefully. I’m not so good at identifying these raptors from below. Maybe it was a Condor? (kidding.) Very cool. Elsewhere on the Phenology front, the temp was probably in the upper 60s today, and we had a short thunderstorm in the late afternoon that dropped a lot of rain for about 15 minutes. Passing showers later on. Should get things greening up a bit.

Song of the Day: Paul Simon, Run That Body Down


N 2nd Ave, downtown Minneapolis

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another nice April day. Sunny and just over 60. Trees are getting fat with buds.¬†Forsythia starting to bloom. Little snowdrops finally fading, they lasted a long time this spring. Green shoots popping up everywhere. Cardinals singing spring songs like crazy. Robins everywhere. Where are the crows? Haven’t seen many lately. North for the summer? As of yet, I haven’t seen much insect life. Perhaps I just haven’t noticed.

Song of the day: Petula Clark, Downtown


the Ritz Theater, Mpls, Peter the Starcatcher

Yesterday’s Phenology: Back into the 40s, and back into the clouds. Overcast, calm, looked like it wanted to rain. Another month of above average temperatures. That’s 19 months in a row, here, that we’ve had above average temperatures.

Song of the day: Harry Richman, Putting on the Ritz

 


a great escape

Yesterday’s Phenology: Plenty to like. Got up to 64 in the late afternoon. The morning was cooler, with frost on the ground and steam rising up off the pond. Red Winged blackbirds were singing it up this morning. Urban wildlife seen wearing shorts and t-shirts.

Song of the Day: The Five Stairsteps, Ooh Child


One from the archives, September 2013, go greyhound

Yesterday’s Phenology: cloudy and cool to start, but then the sun came out, blinding the local populace, but warming things up a bit, i.e., mid 40s, perhaps? Little bits of snow dot the landscape. Flickers and cardinals are claiming their territories.

Song of the day: Joni Mitchell, Free Man in Paris


one from the archives, Kat-Keys, march, 2010

Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny but not so warm. Mid 30s? Slow melting. Crows. Jupiter and the Moon up in the early morning sky, very bright.

Song of the day: Harry James and his Orchestra, It’s Funny to Everyone but Me


night caffe

Yesterday’s Phenology: Any day, now, phenology is going to start busting out all over. But not yesterday, which was overcast and cold like February should have been. It was in the upper 20s, but felt colder. Probably due to the 60s we’ve experienced lately. Context is so important. Anyway, it was cold, and getting colder now by the minute.

Song of the day: Frank Sinatra, One for my Baby