If you’ve been following my blog you probably know that we always go to the Minnesota State Fair, affectionately referred to as the great Minnesota get-together. I was about to say this year was no different. Well, it was no different in that we went to the fair as is our tradition. But this year was a little different because we decided to park on campus at the University of Minnesota. I have a parking pass because I work there. For the past I can’t remember exactly how many years, we have been doing the park and ride. We park at the high school and a bus eventually takes us to the fair. The last several years have been challenging because there are never enough buses first thing in the morning and it takes 40 minutes to go a few miles. So, yes, let’s try something new and park at the U!
It worked great! Oh, except that it was much more walking. The U only allows you to go into the newer gate which is several blocks from my parking ramp. So that part wasn’t so great especially at the end of your day and you cannot walk another step. However, on opening day we took the sky ride from the south end of the fair to get us closer to the parking ramp instead of walking across the fair again. That worked great.
Below are several galleries of my visits to the fair this year. I hope you enjoy!!
Let’s start in the agriculture building. A must every year and we usually go more than once.
a simply decorated Christmas tree
it smelled like Christmas in there
a wall of plates, not sure what it was about
Make a wish foundation display
another interesting plant
The crop art display is also an annual event. We never miss the crop art. And this year I went twice because after we viewed the art on opening day I learned that someone I knew had an entry! So I had to go back and get a photo of it. But the second time I went it was crowded again and I couldn’t get a good, close shot. Here are some of my favorites this year.
an actual wedding proposal in crop art. how clever and I think she said yes <3
there’s always some political crop art
wow, crop art is 50 years old
and the conservatory is 100
the squirrel is by an old co-worker. I couldn’t get close enough to get a better photo.
RIP Mr. Spock
RIP Joan. You were one of my faves.
Gotta check out the animal barns.
a row of cows
big boar’s measurements
if you touch the animals, they advise you to wash up before you leave the barn
And the rest are scenes from another great state fair. It was fun! See you next year!
fun dancers at DNR bandstand
the democrats corner
with my favorite presidential candidate
look! Barack and Michelle came to our fair too! and they brought their dog Bo.
princess butter sculptures
a live princess gets sculpted
random beautiful flower
best thing at the fair this year: Charanga Tropical
Charanga Tropical, all of them
from the sky ride
watching the skyrides go by from below
decoratives made out of spoons? not sure how well they were selling but they sure were interesting!
at least we have a friendly greeting along that long walk back to the parking lot
It’s time once again for a summer blooms post. These are some of my favorite photos from the summer. I hope you enjoy!!
Click on any photo to see the gallery. Up first are the blooms
queen of the prairie
pink coneflower on campus
first of many summer vases
orange day lily
red day lily
The veggie/fruit garden:
later in the summer
basil early summer
basil gone wild
cukes early summer
cukes mid summer
cukes climbing the fence
more cukes behind the fence
Nothing whatsoever to do with gardening but I like this photo I took of last night’s sunset at the lake:
I love these flowers!! And I missed seeing them the last several years. Well, tonight was the night! I decided to take the short drive to Como Park AFTER the zoo and conservatory closed so as to miss the hoards of people that undoubtedly were visiting this fine park. I found a parking spot easily and headed to the outside of the conservatory where these gorgeous flowers are blooming. They are Victoria water lilies and commonly called Blooming Victorias. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Click on any image to view the gallery.
I saved this one for the end. I wasn’t sure if this would look so good since it’s in the bright sun. But I really love the way it came out.
Here’s my entry for this week’s photo challenge. Click on the link to see more entries or to enter yourself. And click on any image within the gallery to see it larger. Enjoy!!
fox glove close-up
orchid at the conservatory
hibiscus (I think)
ceiling at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas
Queen of the prairie
And last but not least, one of my all time favorites, the moon flower:
Weekly Photo Challenge – Door
I have some photos of doors:
old doors in Madrid
Entrance – Real Alcázar – Sevilla
the door to my favorite restaurant in Madrid: Posada de la Villa
more old doors in Madrid
Wright doors at end of bench seat
Wright: One side of doors(elevator doors?)
“What subject keeps you coming back? This week, show us your muse.”
Seems I have two that I come back to again and again: flowers and sunsets. So I think I’ll do a gallery of each if you don’t mind. Enjoy!
Red lilies, summer in Minnesota
Gorgeous purple iris
Pink bleeding hearts
White bleeding hearts
hibiscus (I think)
Queen of the Prairie
pink coneflower with bee
a rudbeckia volunteer from my neighbor’s garden
father and daughter
11th Crow Wing Lake
11th Crow Wing Lake, spring
Sure, I’ll play!!
Roy G. Biv: no, he’s not the new bagger down at the grocery store. “Roy G. Biv” is an acronym made of the first letters of the seven colors of the rainbow, to help you remember: Red. Orange. Yellow. Green. Blue. Indigo. Violet. It’s also your photo challenge theme for this week!
such a beautiful red!
Wild River State Park
And one last one of the Wabasha Street bridge decorated in rainbow flags the day after Governor Dayton signed the freedom to marry into law in 2013:
freedom to marry-Wabasha Street bridge decorated in rainbow flags