Some shots taken in between rain showers, a broken lawn mower, a new lawn mower, a new car battery, and more rain showers. These were taken in/near Locke Park in Fridley, MN.
Remember The Black Crowes? “Shake Your Money Maker” was a huge record in the early 90’s, but soon afterwards drugs took a toll on their music. Many lost interest. The music for this page is their 1999 comeback effort; “By Your Side” … and what a comeback! It’s an outstanding piece of music from the brothers Robinson (and produced by the awesome Kevin “Caveman” Shirley). Plus, you just try sitting still for “Go Faster” or “Then She Said My Name”…you just try…
This was shot down the road from Locke Park the night before. I was trying for a shot of a semi passing through the intersection. I used a high ISO (for me) trying to pick up some extra light/detail. I’m not super-happy about this but wanted to show it anyway.
Now it’s the following evening and we’re deep into Locke Park (it’s not that large, though). The skies are overcast, so the lighting is balanced, but I wish more sun was here. I used a polarizer as a ND filter and shot from a tripod.
What caught my eye is the log defiantly bucking the rushing water. A 5 second exposure again with a polarizer, adjusted for more reflection.
UPDATE: my Mom has dubbed this the “Locke Park (tree) Monster”, named after her beloved Nessie from Scotland. It does look alive, doesn’t it?
What you don’t see here is me almost falling (twice) on the steep and muddy paths (I was well off the paved trail, naturally). My excellent Tamrac Pro12 photo backpack would have kept my gear fine, methinks. I on the other hand, would have been a mess.
Another similar shot. Same technique. Better contrast and better color. My shoes are full of mud. I was wearing shorts so my legs are scratched up. I wore shorts? That was real bright.
Locke Park is wedged in an industrial area, which I found a tasty dichotomy. Some train tracks are nearby so I took this shot of the crooked sign.
Located nearby the railroad tracks were these; the same flowers that are on my bush in front of my house from my last page. That shot was popular, so why not give the people what they want? I had similar difficulties with the wind for this shot.
UPDATE: Doctor Catherine Adams identified this as a Honeysuckle Bush, and the Internet showed it to be of the “Arnold Red” variety.
My closing shot creatively trying for a skinny sign. It’s about time I had a portrait aspect-ratio image; they have all been landscape. The ISO was bumped to 500 so I could (shudder) hand-hold this. All of the other images were shot from a tripod.
This wasn’t quite what I shot a year ago today at the Adams Arboretum and Rice Creek Park but the weather was rather el-stinko for this shoot. I’ll return another day with better lighting and see what I can get.
Hopefully I will not get attacked by the Locke Park Tree Monster!
all images © Scott Woelm – May 2013