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NYC – St. Patricks

Leave it to locals (thanks Laurie) for finding new views of common landmarks. Here is St. Patricks from a new angle.                                     There were some events underway but we were able to take in the beautiful interior.

NYC – The Highline

On Sunday we had brunch at Pastis – another runaway success from Keith McNally. It was like eating in a French bistro while in the meatpacking district of Manhattan. Quite tasty. After that we walked the High Line. The High Line is a 1-mile linear park built on a 1.45-mile (2.33 km) section of the former elevated New […]

NYC – Central Park

We stayed in a friends apartment on Central Park West. The location was ideal. We loved it. It was a short walk to Lincoln Center, and provided great access to Central Park. We had fun touring the park but only cracked the surface. Here is a shot of Sheep’s Meadow. It was quite a meat/meet […]

New York City – Lincoln Center

For our 22nd Anniversary Mary and I visited NYC. In September 2010 we saw a commercial for a play that was receiving rave reviews in London’s West End called War Horse. We added the play to our must see list. This spring, we were able to score two tickets to War Horse at Lincoln Center. […]

The Park

I had a blast wandering around Blue Mounds. I saw where we (the cousins) played softball forty years ago. It was fun to remember the views and vistas that Fred saw when he was creating his stories of Siouxland. Here are some of the views I experienced from my wanderings. I have many more at […]

The Reunion

It was a great weekend in Luverne MN. We (more about that in a minute) ventured to Luverne to join the celebration of the 100th anniversary of my Uncle’s birthday. Frederick Feikema Manfred was my Dad’s oldest brother. There were six brothers. An entertaining recapt of their childhood can be found in the Green Earth (ISBN: […]

Feeding time for the Red-tailed Hawk

Spring is arriving early in Lake Elmo. The critters (rodents) emerged from their winter hideouts and that seems to have attracted their predators sooner than normal. This is half of our local nesting pair. They were both on this branch, but by the time I returned with the camera, only one remained. They are quite […]

February Escape (Part II)

This time we were able to venture off the property and do some touring. We took a day trip (8AM to 6PM) to Chichen Itza. This is the Temple of Kukulkan, usually called El Castillo. One used to be able to walk to the top but now it is closed. Perhaps a tourist had too […]

February Escape (Part I)

We were able to escape to Mexico recently. It was a awesome 11 days of doing very little. At least doing very little that required effort. We went back to our favorite spot El Dorado Casitas. Here are two views from our balcony. This one is looking down at the swim-up casitas and; this one […]

Trumpeter Swans

I read an article recently about the annual arrival of Trumpeter Swans in Monticello. There is a lot of information about it here. They usually arrive in December but with the unusually warm winter, they are just starting to arrive. I ventured out there today and grabbed a few shots. They come for two reasons. […]