I was initially headed to Ft. Snelling State Park (the Main Park off of 5) for some fall sunset photos but, having passed the Cemetery so many times I thought I would check it out, I had not been their for maybe 20 years. While it was quite a few entrances only one appeared open facing West. Fort Snelling National Cemetery was established in 1939 by Congress. The first residents were transferred from Fort Snelling a frontier fort established in 1805 on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Over the years it has grown to 436 acres and over 172,000 interments as of April of 2007. The place is pretty huge headstones as far as the eye can see standing on the hill with your back facing the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.
I was taking Jack to cub scouts when I noticed the sky had cleared a bit, so I stopped at Central Park in Bloomington and literally took these shots in under 10 minutes from the time I hit the parking lot. It was 6:50 the meeting was at 7pm, Jack was about 7 minutes late… I only had my little SD1000 with me, these are HDR’s.
First shot facing South. The sun was just under the horizon some of the exposures were 2 seconds. The lighting was very ‘blahlike’. Best viewed large.
Had I arrived about 10 minutes earlier these clouds would have been a pretty cool looking pinkish color.
The first of 6 senate debates was held in Rochester this evening. Questions ranged from the obvious Iraq, bailout, and economy, to attack ads, and education.
Dean Barkley(I), Sen. Norm Coleman(R), Al Franken(D)
I have been helping out gathering media (video, stills, etc) at various political events around town (debates, fundraisers, etc), today’s event was the DFL Founders Day at Northrop Auditorium at the U of M. So I am a bit behind on fall foliage but, I have been going out before and after work & events and have tons of photos to process.
former Vice President Walter Mondale (middle frame in focus), Klobuchar family to the right.