Pictures from the day in St. Paul. I came up to have an Oscar party with my friend Krista, but the Oscars are stupid so we’re watching trying to watch all of Downton Abbey instead.
Lantern at Mill City Café
Krista's breakfast -- Ecuadorian eggs and black beans and such
The pretty salsa with Krista's breakfast
My delicious pancakes were hiding wild rice, nuts, and fruit inside
Mill City's glitzy chairs and some of the clientele
The Minneapolis skyline
A rock on the edge of someone's yard
Probably some kind of campion, as pointed out by a helpful reader!
Winged euonymus, I think
There were many little what I guess were Japanese-inspired decorative touches on the edge of the yard where I shot the rock picture above. Before this rock, they had several other large rocks stacked on top of larger boulders with other items balanced on those.
Salt patterns, Krista's boots
Wooden Jesus statue at one of the many nearby churches
Some kind of juniper, a ground cover, with the feet of the wooden Jesus statue in the background
Some kind of crabapple, I think
This looks like some weird paint/frost hybrid
Squirrel sign in St. Anthony Park
Fun little terraced courtyard with brightly-painted accents in St. Anthony Park. A bunch of little businesses are located at this spot.
The lovely library
Library windows. I think a plaque in the front of the library said that the building was on the National Register of Historic Places. I always admired it when I was going through this neighborhood, but I've still never been inside (and in fact, only visited a non-university library one time when I lived in the Twin Cities...shame).
Wooden sculpture at the library spreading its pro-reading propaganda -- the boy is holding a copy of Tom Sawyer. Some jerk wrote "LOL" on the statue's chest.
Building on Luther Seminary campus. The cross is apparently inspired by what was said to be the first Christian cross found in Norway, back in the 11th century.
Closeup of a huge gall on one of the trees on the Luther campus
I think this is Luther's library
View of someone's back garden through an alley
Juniper berries. Time to make gin!
Also uncertain about these -- maybe thistle?