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My 2022 in photos

Time to reflect on the year that just passed. This was the year I retired again. I semi-retired at the end of 2020 after the University of Minnesota offered a retirement incentive. I went back to the U in January to help my old department with their budget as the person who replaced me in 2019 moved on in November 2021. It worked out great and I was able to retire fully in March. I also went back to help them out in June after the gal that worked for me in that job for 4.5 years also moved on. My old boss contacted me to see if I would help out until they filled the open position. It was easy money for an average of 10 hours a month. And then I was done, again, at the end of October. Whew!

In March we were able to attend the Van Gogh exhibit that’s been traveling around the country so I’ve included some of those photos. Some friends had extra tickets and they invited us. Yay!

We visited the Minneapolis Institute of Art for their annual (or not so annual due to the pandemic) Art in Bloom in April. We saw many of our usual favorites but also many other pieces we wouldn’t normally see due to the flower displays throughout the museum. Such a fun thing to do in the spring!!

We went back to Nerstrand Big Woods in May to see the wildflowers and especially the endangered trout lily. Looks like I didn’t create a blog post for this so I’ll include some of my favorite photos from that excursion.

To celebrate my birthday and retirement, we took a trip to Washington, D.C. in May. We’re not quite ready to travel back to Spain. We both love D.C. and it worked out great! We had a fun-filled week, saw lots of stuff and friends and family too. I made a separate post for each day so do please check them out if you’re so inclined. Here is the first day’s link.

We took some trips to the cabin in northern Minnesota. We saw our state flower, the showy Lady’s Slipper, at the end of June at Lake Itasca State Park. And we had a reunion of old friends in the middle of September at the cabin too. I didn’t create a post of our trip to Itasca in June so I’ll include some photos here.

I met my sister in Chicago at the end of July and we had a great time visiting the Art Institute and many family members while we were there.

And of course we went to the Minnesota State Fair! We took another trip to the North Shore in September. It was another beautiful 4 days of hiking, eating fish and chips and searching for waterfalls. It is so beautiful there. I can’t wait to go back!

I’m going to create a couple more galleries to make it easier to compile. Here’s the next one from our trip to D.C.:

One more gallery from my trip to Chicago, the Minnesota State fair and the North Shore:

A few photos of the Showy Lady’s Slipper, Lucette (Paul Bunyan’s girlfriend) in Hackensack, an egret and a great blue heron. When I take my walks, I’m always looking for wildlife and managed to capture some. These are some photos that didn’t make it into a post for 2022:

To round out the year, here’s a gallery of the Akeley reunion of old friends, some autumn photos, the holidays and ending with a few photos from our end of the year visit to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul.

It was a pretty good year filled with travel, fun experiences and photographs. And lots of happy memories. Happy new year everyone!!


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My 2021 in photos

The year 2021, another year living in a pandemic. It was also the year we celebrated our 30th anniversary. Wow, that went fast! I also entered an essay contest and while I didn’t win a prize, my essay was selected to be printed in a book. My first real publication! Too bad the publishing company went out of business so I don’t think anyone can buy the book any longer. But I share a photo of the first page in the gallery below.

I took many photographs on my walks this year and some of those are included in my gallery below. We also attended the first concert in a parking ramp. Because of Covid, Miss M’s viola ensemble decided this was the best place to have their concert. We all brought portable chairs and enjoyed the music, even if it was a tad windy.

I did a lot of family research and created a post about that this year. I’m including a couple of photos from that post too. There’s a photo of Pearl, my grandmother, and her brother that was taken shortly before she travelled from Russia to Chicago in 1912. The other is a photo of another of Pearl’s brothers, Samuel. You can read about my newfound cousins, grandsons of Samuel, at the link. I’m hoping to meet them in Chicago in 2022.

We went to the cabin a few times and we visited Itasca State Park while staying at the cabin to seek out our state flower, the Showy Lady’s Slippers. We finally went to Back to the 50s held on our fair grounds every June. It’s an annual fest where people bring their cars from that era and bands play. It was a fun day! We also went to the fair. We typically go to the fair a few times since it’s held for 10 days but I didn’t feel very comfortable the one day that I went due to Covid. I’m glad that I went but I wasn’t anxious to be around so many people, so we went only once this year.

We decided that we didn’t want to fly anywhere and instead chose to spend our summer vacation on the North Shore. Here in Minnesota everyone knows what that means but for those that live elsewhere, or aren’t aware of this, this is the north shore of Lake Superior. I’ve lived in Minnesota nearly 30 years and had never gone there it seemed like the perfect time this year. And I still haven’t managed to blog about that wonderful trip! You’ll see some photos with smoke in the air. A wildfire broke out in Superior National Forest about 50 miles from where we were staying about 4 days before our trip. We almost cancelled and I’m so glad we didn’t! It made for some very interesting photos and we’ll have to go back to take the gondola ride at Lutsen. We really wanted to do it but it didn’t make sense with the smoke in the area at the times we could have ridden the gondola. The smoke came and went and it was quite smoky at times but we still had a great time. I’ll get to posts about our trip eventually but for now, please enjoy some photos from that trip in the gallery. Consider these photos the highlights.

We visited the Minneapolis Institute of Art in October. And of course we did some leaf peeping in the fall. I went to two new (new to me) parks in search of fall colors. Check out my post on Nerstrand Big Woods State Park and my autumn colors post for more autumn photos.

Also included towards the end of the second gallery are photos of the deer that came to visit in December. The buck arrived in our backyard early in the month. A few days later he showed up with his doe in the front yard. After that there were three does. They seem to enjoy the crabapple berries that had fallen to the ground. There is one photo of them camped out in our yard after it snowed a few inches. As I write this on new year’s eve they’re still coming around! There was one day where the deer were here in the morning and the turkeys arrived in the afternoon. They too love the same berries in our front yard. So funny! It’s a wildlife wonderland at my house 😊

There are also some Halloween, Hanukah and Christmas photos included. Click on any photo to see a larger view. By the way, I had to create two galleries. I was having trouble adding to the first one so decided to create a new one right after it, just to let you know. At the very end is a video of an eagle I managed to capture in flight. One of the many cool things from our trip to the North Shore.

I hope you’ll enjoy my two galleries of my 2021. Happy new year!

Be sure to look at the next gallery too!

To close, please enjoy this video from the balcony of our room on the North Shore this summer. We saw this eagle flying around so many times and I finally captured him in flight. Please turn down your sound unless you want to hear our commentary as he flies. 🤓


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My 2020 in photos

It’s time to recap the year in photos. Even during a pandemic I found things to photograph. But before the pandemic we went to the Marjory McNeely Conservatory at Como Park for the annual winter carnival orchid show, usually held the third weekend in January every year. Do check out my post to view some gorgeous orchids and other plants and flowers as I’m only including a few in my gallery below. I’m going to guess that there won’t be an orchid show in 2021. I will have to revel in past years’ photos and wait for next year’s show.

This year I created posts about our cat Frankie, a summer visit to Itasca, one of my favorite state parks, a fun art project called Roseville in Bloom, our kitchen remodel and a socially distanced visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. I also took advantage of the University of Minnesota’s retirement incentive and I’m including photos of some of my parting gifts. An interesting year, to say the least!

Please enjoy this gallery of photos from my 2020 which includes other photos not previously shared here on my blog as well as some of my favorite seasonal photos.

To close, here are a couple of sunrise photos that I especially like. Happy new year! And may 2021 bring us peace and health and an end to the pandemic.


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My 2019 in photos

I’ve done this every year except last year for some reason. Oh, right, I lost my desire to blog for a while so 2018 got missed.  2019 included a trip to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory to see the orchids, a visit to the Weisman Art Museum, the Summit Avenue Walking Tour, our annual multiple visits to the Minnesota State Fair, another trip to Spain, the Walker Sculpture Garden, a quick weekend trip to California for my niece’s wedding, and of course I’ll include photos of flowers and autumn colors that I especially like from the year.

Here’s a conglomeration of my year in photos that I hope you’ll enjoy.

Happy New Year everyone!! May 2020 bring you everything you wish for.


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My 2017 in photos

Here we are on New Year’s Eve taking stock of the year. My year included a couple of trips, one to Chicago in March another to northern Virginia to see my mother, my sister and extended family over Labor Day Weekend. I hadn’t seen my mother in over a year and a half so I wanted to see her again. That turned out to be the last time that I saw her alive as she passed away December 15 after a nasty fall. She basically did not recover from the fall that broke her nose and left her in a lot of pain. I am sad that she is gone but thankful that I had her for as long as I did and I’m thankful she is no longer in pain. Included at the end of this gallery are a collection of photos of my mother. She was the best mom a girl could have. I love you Mom. Until we meet again. Godspeed.

I plan to write more about my mother at a later time. For now, here’s a photographic summary of my year. Happy new year everyone.