Picture of the Day: Angle Rock

Angle Rock by Jvstin
Angle Rock, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is the very top of Angle rock, at Interstate State Park, Taylors Falls Minnesota.Angle rock is a particularly hard piece of basalt. Its so hard in fact that the St. Croix River couldn’t and can’t erode it, causing the entire river to bend at this point.

I was particularly struck by the tree growing out of the top, and the mottled, twisted appearance of the top of it. So I pulled in with this shot to emphasize both.

Picture of the Day: Hermann the German

Hermann the German
In 9 A.D. Publius Quinctilius Varus lost three Roman legions and his own life in the Teutoburg Forest in Germany to the Germanic leader Arminius. He is memorialized in New Ulm, Minnesota (a big center of German culture in Minnesota) in this monument to “Hermann the German”. It sits on a hill that overlooks the town. I visited there in 2009. Not the greatest of days to take a picture, and probably could take the picture better, today. But here it is.
“Varus, Give me back my legions!”

Picture of the day: Capitol and Cathedral

Minnesota State Capitol and St Paul's Cathedral
In my travels on the Labor Day Weekend, I discovered a little park behind the Minnesota State Capitol named for, appropriately enough, Capitol architect Cass Gilbert. The vantage point from that park, as you can see below, allowed for an interesting alignment of the State Capitol and the St Paul Cathedral.
I’m thinking this is a place I need to visit at other times of the day, especially sunrise, sunset and at night to see how other pictures might turn out…

Sen Yai Sen Lek

Sen Yai Sen Lek
2422 Central Avenue
Minneapolis Minnesota
Thai Food
The Good: The dish I had was tasty. Thai Iced Tea went down well to cut down the aftereffects of the spice
The bad: Server messed up my order, bringing me Pad Kee Mao (Stir fry wide rice noodles with garlic, Thai chilies, Thai basil,
tomato and onion) when I had asked for Pad Gratiem Prik Thai (Garlic and black pepper stir fry with
cilantro and bell peppers. Served with steamed jasmine rice.). Rather easy to see the difference…
I wound up eating the Pad Kee Mao anyway, because it was one of the dishes I had been thinking about.
Also bad: The server brought me the wrong bill when it came time to pay.
Overall, food good, service less than stellar. I will return, but I won’t “hurry back” if you know what I mean.

Picture of the Day: Hindu Mandir of Minnesota

Hindu Mandir of Minnesota
This is the Hindu Mandir of Minnesota, located in Maple Grove. I learned of this on Minnesota Public Radio and, over the Labor Day Holiday, decided to see it for myself. I didn’t go outside (there was a service in progress) but I found the architecture and outside decorations something you don’t find in Minnesota outside of the MIA museum…