Sunday, December 1, 2013

Snow Along An Asphalt Road - Snow Photograph

Snow Along Asphalt Road - Snow Photograph
We had a magnificent snowstorm and I was inspired to dedicate this month to snow.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Big Ole Viking Statue Alexandria Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

It's so ironic that I'm finishing the month with the giant viking statue Big Ole since I'm currently cooking the Norwegian stew Lapskause.

I don't know what it is about Minnesota statues and pants. It might be because summers are too short but thanks to good heating systems we have options; or it could be because we fortify with hearty stews.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

International Falls Minnesota Smokey the Bear Statue - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

International Falls Minnesota Smokey the Bear Statue - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster
I was an honorary forest ranger in grade school, I hate to admit how long I kept the certificate. We also learned the Smokey Bear Song, my kids looked at me odder than usual a few years when I sang it for them.

With a Ranger's hat and shovel
and a pair of dungarees,
you will find him in the forest
always sniffin' at the breeze.
People stop and pay attention
when he tells 'em to beware,
'cause ev'rybody knows that
he's the Fire Prevention Bear.

Chorus:
Smokey the Bear, Smokey the Bear.
Prowlin' and a growlin' and a sniffin' the air.
He can find a fire before it starts to flame.
That's why they call him Smokey,
That was how he got his name.

You can take a tip from Smokey
that there's nothin' like a tree.
'cause they're good for kids to climb in
and they're beautiful to see,
you just have to look around you
and you'll find it's not a joke,
to see what you'd be missin'
if they all went up in smoke.
Chorus

You can camp upon his doorstep
and he'll make you feel at home;
You can run and hunt and ramble
anywhere you care to roam.
He will let you take his honey
and pretend he's not so smart,
but don't you harm his trees
for he's a Ranger in his heart.
Chorus

If you've ever seen the forest
when a fire is running wild,
and you love the things within it
like a mother loves her child,
then you know why Smokey tells you
when he sees you passing through,
'Remember...please be careful....
its the least that you can do.'
Chorus

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

World's Largest Prairie Chicken Rothsay Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

World's Largest Prairie Chicken Rothsay Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster
The world's largest Prairie Chicken dwells in Rothsay, Minnesota.

From the chicken's plaque:

Prairie chickens moved ahead of the settlers to inhabit the prairies of Minnesota. A large concentration of the protected bird can still be seen on prairie meadows of the Rothsay area. In the early spring the male prairie chicken performs his mating ritual called booming. He spreads his wings and tail feathers, inflates the orange wind sacs and struts while making the booming sound.

On June 10, 1975, Rothsay was designated “Prairie Chicken Capital of Minnesota”. This statue of a booming prairie chicken was designed and built by Art Fosse with assistance and funds from the community. The statue stands 13 x 18 feet and weighs 9,000 pounds. It was placed on this site and unveiled, June 15, 1976.

The objective of this project is to alert area visitors and remind local residents of the beauty to be found on the native prairie grasslands.

Rothsay Centennial Committee - 1983

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Pierre The Voyageur Two Harbors Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

Pierre The Voyageur Two Harbors Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster
Any statue can have painted on pants, it takes a special person to choose bare legs and thigh high boots during a Minnesota winter. Pierre used to have wobbly eyes but now is a bit more intimidating with his vacant stare and slight smile; he knows you are peeking to see what's under the tunic.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Itasca State Park Mississippi River Headwaters - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

Itasca State Park Mississippi River Headwaters - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster
This is my favorite state park. There are lots of great bike trails, a clean lake, excellent gift shops and the headwaters is fun to walk across.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Paul Bunyan's Marble Chisholm Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

Paul Bunyan's Marble Chisholm Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster
Young Paul Bunyan didn't always pick up his toys. The marble was found by miners after he grew up and moved on. The boulder in Chisholm Minnesota is over 4 tons.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Paul Bunyan and Babe The Blue Ox Bemidji Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

Paul Bunyan and Babe The Blue Ox Bemidji Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

According to Wikipedia and Kodak, they are the second most photographed statues in the United States, Mount Rushmore is first. So, Paul and Babe are more photographed than the Statue of Liberty? I love Minnesota but I doubt they came in second. I must admit I've photographed Mount Rushmore and Paul but have not been to New York so Kodak could be right. They must have devoted a lot of time to looking at bad photos of people waving.

I went to my favorite information source, Google.
Paul Bunyan Bemidji images 50,800 The number is higher without Bemidji, but then you get other PBs
Mount Rushmore images 840,000
Statue of Liberty images 13,700,000

Sorry Paul.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lake Serpent Lake Crosby Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

Lake Serpent Lake Crosby Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster
Once again I took some artistic license with a statue but it's basically the same. You expect fish and bird statues but a sea serpent is pretty awesome.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Giant Rooster Statue Two Harbors Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

Giant Rooster Statue Two Harbors Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster
I wanted to put something more personal on the poster about the rooster but I turned into a 12 year old boy when it occured to me that it was an 8 foot cock. I was stuck on phrases such as the biggest cock in Minnesota and decided it's never a bad idea to shut up.

You can find out more about the history of the Rooster here.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ear of Corn Water Tower Rochester Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

Ear of Corn Water Tower Rochester Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster
This cool water tower used to be part of LIbby's but now it's Seneca. The supports are actually grey but I preferred them to be brown.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Pelican Pete Pelican Rapids Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

Pelican Pete Pelican Rapids Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster
I always wanted to actually get out and see the giant Pelican but when my dad was set in motion he didn't want to stop for anything. Last time I was in Detroit Lakes I drove down and got to explore this charming town. The Pelican was great but the thing I loved the most were the painted chairs outside the local businesses. Instead of putting in street benches the shops have uniquely painted chairs.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Giant Floating Loon Virginia Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

Giant Floating Loon Virginia Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster
The loon resides offshore during the summer months and migrates to shore for the winter. Our ice covered lakes wouldn't be kind to fiberglass and wouldn't a snowmobile rider be surprised to find it frozen in place with a new accidental snowmobile accessory.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Giant Mermaid Mounds View Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

Giant Mermaid Mounds View Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster
The Mermaid Restaurant and Bowling Lanes used to be on a major highway into the Twin Cities. We were coming from Northern Minnesota to watch a Vikings game in the old outdoor stadium. My dad drove past the giant Mermaid atop the restaurant and I swiveled, transfixed.  I still look at her when I drive past but not with the same awe I used to have.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Giant Snowman North St Paul Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

Giant Snowman North St Paul Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster
The first time I drove past this giant stucco snowman it was August; it was slightly freaky seeing geraniums and a snowman.  Actually, I've never driven here in winter.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Jolly Green Giant Blue Earth Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

Jolly Green Giant Blue Earth Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster
We were on a road trip, crested the hill and spotted a giant Jolly Green Giant. I was a little surprised since I thought Le Sueur was the home of Green Giant but hey, I loved those commercials when I was little and a giant green man is always welcome.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Giant Leaping Deer Deerwood Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

Giant Leaping Deer Deerwood Minnesota - MN Roadside Attraction Travel Poster

This handsome fella is leaping over a formed timber support. During hunting season he gets dressed in blaze orange and sports a red nose at Christmas.

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