St. Paul’s Cathedral will be 100 years old and was lit up this evening and half the photographers in the state were present. The Cathedral was last lit in honor of the death of Pope John Paul I in 1978. I arrived around 8:30 and grabbed a spot in the median between lanes of John Ireland Blvd in front of the Church. Then I started moving around.
Looking up the Street at the crowd, the street was packed with people cruising up and down in cars looking at the Cathedral while droves of photographers setup tripods across the street, I have never seen such a large collection of Bogen/Manfrotto tripods. Anyway this was my attempt to capture the action. You can see the lighting to the left, it was stadium lighting on a semi with a large fire engine sized generator next to it.
Dome from the rear of the building, the light rays from the illumination are visible.
From behind a couple blocks with the Moon in the background.
Tony Perkins and myself selected an initial target of near the Mobridge, SD area next to the Missouri River and left the Twin Cities Metro area at 9am. Tony briefly stopped in Darwin, MN to show me the ‘Worlds Largest Ball of Twine’ (visitor center and gift shop were closed). As we approached Aberdeen, SD we noted that capping was going to be a significantly stronger near Mobridge than initially thought, two supplemental weather balloon launches had been done in Aberdeen and Bismark. We stopped in Aberdeen (Quiznos – Prime Rib Sandwich Garlic Bread) and decided to head North towards Jamestown, ND higher towards the North curved end of the Cold Front. We pulled into a Jamestown parking lot and moments later I spotted Andy Revering walking across the street from a Subway with two Silver Lining Tour vans parked, we were invited over to meet Tim Marshall, Stuart Robinson and their group. Cells had begun to fire(well slightly warm) in NW Minnesota and slightly curving into NW ND along the cold front, we decided to move NE as discrete cells struggled to build back towards us. We went from mostly cloudy(Cu) to mostly clear in about 30 minutes with some discrete cells. We hopped out to do some video/stills and stretch our backs before the long ride home. The cells were really struggling to get going quickly died out, and new updrafts would form. It was at this stop we picked up three unwelcome visitors, ‘Dog’ Ticks. Two were successfully caught and released, one had firmly planted himself in my arm (inside arm a few inches below the elbow), never felt a thing. Eric Whitehill and others also tracked us down. We headed home, I tried my best to stay awake until near the Twin Cities I had very little sleep the night before (bed 3:30am, woke up at 6am, I slept well that evening).
Special thanks to Tony Perkins for driving and providing a car (I had lost my wallet the two days before taking the kids to Shrek 3. I did call the Theater and visited twice (given the wrong time once for a good time to search for it) unable to find it, someone dropped it off on chase day to my wife with money intact, and they refused to take reward money. When asked to take money he said, ‘oh no, takes some of the fun out of it’ and drove off. He was afraid to hand it over to the Theater (sound thinking)) as well as everyone else that had contributed. We covered roughly 750 miles over about 16.5 hours, I made it home at 1:30am.