Peak Fall Colors at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Minnesota Fall Color Finder map for October 19, 2018

As of today, it’s peak fall color time in the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) updates a map every day with the level of fall colors everywhere in the state. As you can see in today’s map, everywhere in Minnesota is either at peak or past peak. This means this will probably be my only time visiting the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum at peak, and I’ll maybe only have one more post with fall colors at their peak. In the map to the right, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which is located on the border of Chanhassen and Chaska, would be southwest of Minneapolis. It’s located less than four miles from my house, and I get in for free because I’m a student at the University of Minnesota (they run the arboretum).

Acer saccharum, Sugar Maple
Betula papyrifera, Paper Birch
A pond covered with leaves
Thuja occidentalis, ‘Hudsonica,’ American arborvitae
Origami in the Garden, created by Santa Fe, New Mexico, artists Kevin and Jennifer Box
Wild turkey
Autumn path with bench
Ginkgo biloba, ‘Autumn Gold,’ Maidenhair Tree
Yellow maple leaves against a bright, blue sky

The Sculpture Garden at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

I visited the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota, after school today to get some photos of the Harrison Sculpture Garden. The last photo shows four steel rectangles that somehow move perpetually.

Antoine Poncet (b. 1928, French), Fugue Processionaire, 1997, rose marble
Rene Kung (b. 1934, Swiss), Stone Harp, 1993, limestone
Malus, ‘Red Splendor,’ crabapple
Rene Kung (b. 1934, Swiss), Stone Arch, 1995, limestone
Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975, British), Construction (Crucifixion), 1966, bronze with color
Mimmo Paladino (b. 1948, Italian), Canto Notturno, 1984, bronze
George Rickey (1907-2002, American), Four Open Rectangles Diagonally Jointed II, 1986, stainless steel

 

Snow on October 14? Only in Minnesota.

There is a significant amount of snow here in the Twin Cities today, with snow continuing to accumulate in winter-like amounts. While I never wanted the summer to end this year, I was a little surprised to find I actually found the snow beautiful and peaceful this morning, rather than it being a harbinger of the most unbearable season.

This photo was taken on my deck with a Motorola Moto G6 smartphone.

Red berries contrast with frosty snow

Lots of Walking at Wild River State Park

I made my way to Center City, Minnesota, today to check out Wild River State Park, located along the St. Croix River. I was there with my mom and our puggles, Pugsley and Missy. Unfortunately, there weren’t many good photo opportunities, as the park is mostly just a paved walking path in the woods (reportedly three miles long). Still, though, the woods were beautiful, and there were at least some opportunities to get up close to the St. Croix River.

My mom and Pugsley and Missy
My mom and Pugsley and Missy
A lodge with a wood-burning fireplace and indoor bathrooms
Going down a steep path to the St. Croix River
The St. Croix River

My First Outing With the Canon EOS R

For my first “real” photos taken with the Canon EOS R, I visited the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota. Since I’m a student at the University of Minnesota and it is part of that university, all I need to do is show my student ID and I get in for free. I’ll try to make it there at least once more before winter. It’s probably the best place for photography in my hometown.

Trees at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Lake and trees
A wooden bridge
Paper birch trees
Paper birch bark

My First Photos Taken With the Canon EOS R

These are my first photos taken with the Canon EOS R and 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. I took these photos on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, and, as I edit this post one day later, they are still the only two photos I’ve taken with this camera. I had a test in Abnormal Psychology today (October 10, my 30th birthday!) at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (where I’m an undergraduate English major), and so because of this test, my birthday, my workload for tomorrow, and my schedule on Friday, it might not be until this weekend that I’m able to get some more photos with this camera.

Note that these photos were taken in poor lighting and at a high ISO, but the image quality looks fantastic!

Taken with a Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS lens at 105mm
Taken with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS lens at 24mm

Canon EOS R Unboxing

I got my Canon EOS R with 24-105mm f/4L IS lens kit from Adorama today. The cameras were supposed to ship today, but Adorama sent the cameras a day early, so I got it today, the earliest anyone who wasn’t chosen to receive a pre-production model (journalists) could get it. I had pre-preordered this camera within minutes of it becoming available on September 12, 2018.

In an earlier post, I said I would be getting the Nikon Z6. I decided not to go through with this for two reasons: (1) I was several days late for the pre-order and would likely be waiting until the end of November or much longer to receive it; and (2) after seeing Canon release their own offering for mirrorless, I decided now was the time to switch to Canon (like most pros already have). Because both companies were coming out with new mounts, I thought I might as well switch now before I got invested in Nikon again.

Here are some photos I took of the unboxing. See my next post for my first photos taken with the Canon EOS R.

Shipping box from Adorama
Canon EOS R box
Manual and accessories
Unwrapped Canon EOS R body and Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS lens
Ready for action!

Velma Visits the Mystery Machine

My mom’s employer is having a Halloween office party this year in which her department dresses up as the cast of Scooby-Doo. She gets to be Velma.

We also just learned that a car collector at the AutoMotorPlex (garage car condos) in Chanhassen, located several blocks from my house, has a Mystery Machine. And it was on display this Saturday. This was perfect timing, so we walked over there, and my mom got photos dressed up as Velma.

Velma and the Mystery Machine
Velma and the Mystery Machine (with Pugsley as Scooby-Doo)
See the resemblance?
The owner of this Mystery Machine apparently collects other things. He also has a Batmobile.
Information about this Mystery Machine

My First (or Second) Photo Taken With the Motorola Moto G6

I got my Motorola Moto G6 last week, a replacement for my year-old Samsung smartphone, which really was as bad as they come. I was very impressed with the quality of the Moto G6, which seems as nice or nicer than the iPhones I used to use (up to the iPhone 6). I love the cameras on the iPhones, but they just became too expensive.

Today, I got around to testing out the camera on the Moto G6, after seeing a brooding sky while walking one of my dogs. Here is the second photo I took with the camera, the first being the same scene but with a more crooked horizon. The photo (taken in Chanhassen, Minnesota) was edited in Corel AfterShot Pro 3 with the Perfectly Clear function.

Prairie by Chanhassen High School

After a Long, Rainy Day

It was a long, rainy afternoon. It started raining today between my two Monday classes at the U and lasted until about 6 p.m. I took these photos shortly after the rain stopped in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

My house
Brody, a golden retriever
Prairie grass
Another shot of prairie grass