Alternate closeup of “The Source” in Rice Park, a gift to the city from the erstwhile Women’s Institute of St. Paul. in Part 16 I posted a wider shot from the other side that captured the whole fountain and a few gratuitous, ubiquitous cranes.
Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:
With each year’s travelogue we like to conclude with a second-chance review through the hundreds of photos we took to see which photos were unfairly cut from the final roster, which ones didn’t fit into the narrative but possess their own merit, and/or which ones slipped through the cracks for no valid reason…
In the penultimate chapter of our 33-part saga, we take a look back at scenes from Minnesota, mostly the Twin Cities, that were skipped the first time around for a variety of reasons. No photographer shares every shot they take, but sometimes a few keepers get unfairly lost in the shuffle.
(As always, photos are clickable for enlargement and resolution and such.)
A statue of Hubert Humphrey, Vice President of the United States of America under Lyndon B. Johnson, was one of several works featured in Part 14’s tour around the Minnesota State Capitol grounds. Surrounding Humphrey are mini-monoliths bearing his own words in commemoration.
For Part 15 we took a free guided tour of the rooms inside the Minnesota State Capitol that weren’t barred for construction. The Capitol cafeteria was closed for business while their state legislature was out of session, but our guide let us peek at the eagles and secret German messages painted high on its walls.
During our Rice Park walk in Part 16, I asked my wife to take a couple of pics of me not looking at the camera, because we never do that and I wanted to see what it would look like, and if such could be done without me nitpicking my features and never looking at them again. I suppose this would make a decent author photo if I ever accidentally published something, but I have no rational explanation as to why I chose to share the moment with a haberdashery. (“Hey, kids! Elegance!” Or something.)
Bootleg photo by some anonymous punk kid or something. Any MCC followers who’ve been keeping up with this series may faintly recall the context.
Part 26 was all about the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, home of a recreated Viking ship that made the journey from the Hudson River to Europe just like some Minnesotans’ ancestors surely did. For that entry I’d narrowed the possible establishing shots down to the two best. This is the close runner-up.
The bridge in front of Minnehaha Falls appeared in a few spots in Part 27, but the bridge itself wasn’t the center of attention. Until here, now.
So we’re walking around Minnehaha Park (again, Part 27) enjoying nature and strolling through trees and listening to a babbling brook while gentle winds caressed us with luxurious summer air. And then a fire truck came screaming through on one of the park roads because it was a convenient shortcut from firehouse to incident. We were jolted out of our lazy reverie with a shrill reminder that verdant Minnehaha Park is in the middle of a very large city and not too far away from a couple of less-than-idyllic neighborhoods. And there went our moment of Zen.
Parts 11, 12, and 13, in sum, with a little bit of 19. This was our view from the top of the Mill City Museum, which afforded us a panoramic perspective on the Mississippi River, St. Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins Park, and trailers and vendors preparing for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game . I have absolutely no idea why or how I missed posting this one.
To be concluded!
[Link enclosed here to handy checklist for previous and future chapters, and for our complete road trip history to date. Thanks for reading!]