Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Go Twins!

I went to the Metrodome tonight to see the Twins play the White Sox.

I haven't been to a baseball game in quite a few years now and it's been a very, very long time since I've seen the Twins play (not being a big fan of large crowds or the dome), but a friend had some good tickets available so it seemed like reason enough to go again.

And, indeed it was. It was mostly a fielder's game, which I find a lot more interesting than a pitching battle - and it was interesting pretty much from the moment it began, kicking off with some early inning broken bats and a stolen base, on to an amazing catch by the Sox mid-game, to the final almost-as-awesome-but-better-because-it- was-the-game-winning catch by the Twins that wrapped things up.

(I just had my pocket camera, so these aren't great shots, but you get the idea.)

It was a blast to see the Twins win, but I hope the Soxman (yes, the Soxman) enjoyed the game too - he added a bit of humor to my evening and his team provided a challenge for the Twins so I didn't need to worry about getting bored by the 7th inning. (Which has been known to happen.)

Now THAT is a dedicated fan. . . or maybe just a lunatic, but he seemed awfully nice.

Better luck next time, Soxman, and come back next year when the Twins are playing in their fancy new outdoor stadium!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Want to Improve Your Photography?

My friend, photographer extraordinaire Chris Welsch, is teaming up with Richard Sennott to lead a photography workshop in Orvieto, Italy, at the end of September. If you're in Minnesota, you've probably seen their work in the Star Tribune - they're both amazing photographers.

The workshop will be a great opportunity to improve your skills and have a wonderful time in a gorgeous area of Italy. I can't wait!

However, right now they're looking for a couple more students. . . so please join us!

For more info, see the Travelers Eye Photography Workshops .

I hope to see you in Italy this fall!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Panorama Mania

Ok, so maybe this panorama of the murals along Belfast's Falls Road isn't going to win any prizes for technical expertise or artistry, but this is the first time I've been able to create a stitched (multiple image) panorama of any sort . . . so I am thrilled with it.

The secret, you ask? My new toy camera came with a simple program for stitching photos that works pretty well. Wahoo!! Let the fun begin.

Monday, July 20, 2009

My Office Building

The building where I work has been undergoing an exterior refurbishment for what seems like an eternity. However, I'm sort of liking the play of light on the scaffolding - now that there is no longer plywood covering my window; loud, incessant drilling; and work men on lawn chairs lunching six inches from my window!

So, you ask, what do these have to do with travel? Well, they are Saint Paul scenes, but the reason I took them was to show off my latest toy, a cute little Canon SD 1200 (in green) that I can slip in my purse (even most of my little purses) and take everywhere with me. Now I'll have no excuse for not posting more regularly!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sorry, Tim, but I have now found a perfect coffee shop in Superior

A couple times a year I have meetings in Superior, WI and most of the time I (and my colleague and carpool buddy Tim) arrive a little late for those meetings because we spend too much time along the way searching for a good coffee shop . . searching in vain, I might add. We never found one.

Tim no longer attends these meetings with me, but now I have been pointed in the direction of what might be the perfect coffee shop: The Red Mug, with lovely food and beverages (chai tea for me) and located just down the road from my meetings. Excellent!

Sorry, Tim - it's been there for awhile, we just didn't know where to look.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

From My Window: A Rainy Night in Duluth

It's been raining all day here, but the thunder and lightening didn't start until my cousin and I went out for dinner. There's a brisk wind off the lake to go along with the rain, but the moisture is a blessing. . . and I'm mostly in meetings here anyway.