Fences, Two Ways

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Leaving prospect park we found ourselves on this street with two very different kinds of fences–concrete on the right, and wooden on the left.  I wonder about the history of this street–which fence came first?  I also really liked how the wood fence was warmly lit by the setting sun, while the concrete almost glows a cold blue in the shade.

Same Color Palate, Different Eras

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I took this from the top of Tower Hill Park. I like how you can see the history of the area represented in the buildings both new and old, here what looks like a grain silo in the background, and a new office building in front of it, both colored the same by the setting sun.

A Little Crooked

As you can see if you look at the house in the background, this stop sign is actually pretty crooked!  I liked the aesthetic of Prospect Park, especially how the neighborhood adapted to the terrain, rather than reshaping the topography of the area to create a more “suitable” environment. I think this crooked stop sign is a pretty good example of that.

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The Excellent Parking at Excel Center

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I really like how in this shot, the early morning light makes all the cars look quite similar.  I was really surprised to find so many cars already parked in the lot at 8:45 am on a week day. I also like how the Excel Center stands in the background, a great symbol of the landscape of wealth, looming over the parked cars. I also think that, in a way, this scene depicts the landscape of history, relating back to the eras before large scale public transit when large downtown lots were a necessity.

Hill House–Home on the Hill

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I took this shot because, similar to my picture of the car and the mill tower,  I love how this photo creates the impression of a continuous pathway through the landscape of history. It looks like one can draw a line from the James J Hill House to the park, and have everything be from the same time period. Of course that is not true, and  there are hundreds of feet of elevation and a good portion of downtown St Paul between the two.

Green Grass, Grey Stairs

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I thought this shot was kind of funny, the hill the stairs are built into is far from steep, but the landscapers figured that two flights of stairs were necessary for its navigability.  This looks like a classic example of the “landscape as problem” to me.

Cars and Cliffs

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I took this shot on the far side of Irvine Park–in the far background is a steep drop leading to a series of busy streets, and beyond that, an old mill building that has been re purposed into a restaurant and event space.  I really like how from this point of view, the landscape of history is seemingly uninterrupted from Irvine Park to the mill building.

Back of Factory.jpgLooking up in many of the alleyways that run behind the old factory and warehouse buildings, one can often catch a glimpse of their previous uses.