Land of the Burning Sands is the second book in Rachel Neumeier’s new Griffin Mage Trilogy.
Another book i received for review, and yes, again, its erotica…
Today’s picture for you is of the Entrance Facade to the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, in Minneapolis.
Those of you who have been to NYC can see the resemblance between this and the entrance to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The resemblance is deliberate–this museum (opened in 1915) was meant to evoke the NY institution.
Today’s picture for you is for the cartographiles. This is a closeup of the Impossible Black Tulip, a map with only a few copies left in the world. This map was a collaboration between the Jesuit Matteo Ricci and Chinese cartographers in the 16th century. The University of Minnesota just purchased it (for a million dollars…) and it is on display through the end of August at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.
This piece of the map shows the southeastern portions of China and Indochina.
Today’s picture for you is of two of the bridges across the koi pond at the Normandale Comm. College Japanese Garden.
The bridge in the foreground is crooked on purpose. Shinto belief maintains that certain evil spirits cannot navigate such right turns, and so the bridge’s design keeps them from crossing the river.
And to finish out the workweek, you might have some rapids to deal with at work. So its appropriate that today’s picture are some *real* rapids…in this case, the Dragons Teeth rapids on the Kettle River. The river and the rapids are in Banning State Park, Minnesota.
Today’s picture for you is another view of one of the most beautiful State Capitol buildings out there, the Cass Gilbert designed Minnesota State Capitol.
Right now at this moment, its covered by scaffolding for some badly needed renovation, this picture was taken back in April of this year.