Minnesota beekeeper

A recent assignment with Minnesota Public Radio News called for photographs of honey bees and beekeepers. Now, I like honey and I generally believe bees do important work in our ecosystem. However, I wasn’t too sure about the part of the assignment that would require me to be in such close proximity to so many bees. If you’ve never photographed bees from inside the confines of coveralls, which are taped at your wrists to rubber gloves and at your ankles to hiking boot, and a wide-brimmed hat with veil and netting, it’s an interesting experience.

More photographs from the assignment are featured online here. Also, the audio and written versions of “Hive Health: Beekeepers closely watch population, productivity” are online here.

Enjoy! – Ann

P.S. In case you were wondering, I was stung once during the outing with the beekeepers.

Minnesota beekeeper

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

The weather was hot and the sky clear. The crowd – estimated around 8,000 – was energetic and patient. The cameras – both still and video – were abundant.

Most importantly, the Grommesh family – Bill, Adair, Peighton and Garrett – came home Sunday afternoon to a beautiful home. Welcome home.

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition surely has quite the show to put together. It is expected to air sometime between mid-November and mid-December. For more details about the big reveal visit writer Sarah McCurdy’s blog or the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [Fargo-Moorhead] facebook page.

Enjoy! Ann

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Here’s a look at a few scenes from the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build site in Moorhead, Minn., Friday morning.

Cast members Paul DiMeo [above] and Eduardo Xol [below] visited with spectators during breaks in filming. Special guest Aaron Bilven of Minot, N.D., was on hand to celebrate his 19th birthday. Aaron’s family experienced an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition four years ago. He’s the guy with the super big smile below.

Work continues at a steady clip and the number of spectators appears to be growing. Enjoy! Ann

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Minnesota Photographer

Our family discovered the most wonderful, magical place near Battle Lake, Minn., a few weeks ago. If Minnesota ever had an undiscovered treasure list, Glendalough State Park certainly belongs on it.

It’s a fairly new park, established in the early 1990s, and features cart-in camping. Load your cart and haul your stuff. It’s a great concept. The campground is within walking distance to two swimming spots and plenty of other activities.

For two nights we called site No. 17 home. I found two dream catchers in nearby trees and photographed them multiple times. Little M. and I made shadow puppets on our tent walls. A strong breeze helped keep the bugs at bay. The weekend outing was a great way to carve out a chunk of family time.

Speaking of spending time away, journal entries here will be less frequent for the next week or two. I’m currently traveling and expect to have limited access to the Internet and phone service. My plan had been to stockpile a few posts and publish them in my absence; however, time ran short and I had to let something go. Here’s to happy travels.

Best, Ann

Little M.

Campsite Details

Little M.

The Jolly Green Giant

I have road construction in and around Minneapolis-St. Paul to thank for this image. [Thanks, Mn/DOT!] Since a section or sections of Interstate 94 were closed for much of last weekend, I took a different [and longer] route home on Sunday from Iowa.

With the promise of food, fuel and a giant statue, I was not about to pass up Exit 119 and Blue Earth, Minn., along Interstate 90. Blue Earth is home to a Jolly Green Giant statue that stands 55-feet tall. According to RoadsideAmerica.com, Blue Earth is not the actual birthplace of the mighty green man. That honor belongs to nearby Le Sueur.

I’m a sucker for roadside attractions and the upper Midwest sure seems to have more than its share of giant statues.

P.S. Have a fabulous weekend!