#Only in Minnesota Sign

The #OnlyinMN sign made its way to Paul and Babe last week for a short stay in front of the statues.  It has been entertaining watching people interacting and posing for photos as I have been downtown or driving by.  I made my way down last Thursday after dark for some photos of my own lit up along with Paul and Babe.  I actually spent more time taking pictures of groups of people using their cell phones than taking my own.  I took the obligatory cliché image, and tried looking for some different angles.

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Cloud Covered Milky Way

The new moon is upon us, which means prime astro-photography opportunities.  I checked the weather as the sun faded under the horizon and decided to take a drive to Itasca State Park, as it is the darkest sky near me , to see if I could photograph the Milky Way.  The best time to see it was just after Midnight for roughly 2 hours before the center also fell to the horizon.  I arrived around 11:40 in order to have time to setup my gear and begin shooting.  Things were looking great until about 12:30am, when wispy clouds started showing in my 2 minute exposures. By 12:45 a cloud bank had blocked the entire Milky Way.

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