Saturday, June 28, 2014

InSPIREd Sunday - Moorhead, Minnesota

I have long been intrigued by a church I see along Interstate 94 in Moorhead, Minnesota. It has a unique shape and peaked my interest. I bet the stained glass windows are beautiful from inside.

First Presbyterian Church - Moorhead, MN

Linking (hopefully) to InSPIREd Sunday.

Friday, June 27, 2014


You just can't miss Salem Sue when traveling across Interstate 94 in North Dakota. From a far distance, she appears on the horizon. This time I decided to pay her a visit.

Located a short distance off the highway at the New Salem exit, you can drive almost to the base of Sue. The New Salem Lions Club asks for a $1 donation per vehicle to help maintain Sue and I think that is very reasonable. Sue is in great condition and worth the price of admission, not to mention the view from up there!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Good Fences - Pompeys Pillar

There is some interesting history behind Pompeys Pillar located northeast of Billings, Montana along Interstate 94.

From the  BLM website...

During his return trip to St. Louis, William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition climbed the Pillar and carved his signature and the date int he sandstone. Clark wrote, "This rock I ascended and from it's top had a most extensive view in every direction on the Northerly Side of the river high romantic Clifts approach & just over the water for Some distance both above and below...I marked my name and the day of the month and year. "

While archeological digs and other recent research have uncovered artifacts that may have been left by the Corps of Discovery, Clark’s inscription is still the only remaining physical evidence of Lewis and Clark’s passing visible on their actual route.

Pompeys Pillar National Monument

Pompeys Pillar was made a national monument in January 2001. At 51 acres, it is one of the smallest national monuments. The base of it is approximately one acre in size. The pillar itself rises 150 feet above the nearby Yellowstone River.

Although I may not be able to link up this week, please check out other fences over at the Run*A*Round Ranch hosted by TexWisGirl.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday - Wigwam Burner

Abandoned Wigwam Burner - Adin, CA

A wigwam burner is used to burn waste wood in lumber mills or logging yards. Personally, I think it looks like a GIANT badminton shuttlecock.

Linking to Rubbish Tuesday by Roan. A weekly meme sharing oldies but still goodies.

My apologies to those who visited last week. Time got away from me and I wasn't able to return the visit.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

InSPIREd Sunday - Crookston, MN

This is the original Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, Minnesota. It is unusual in that it has three spires for a neo-Gothic church since most only have two. It was built in 1912 by Bert Keck.

It is no longer in use as a church, having been replaced by a newer (and less impressive, IMO) cathedral in 1990. It was given to a homeless shelter which used it for additional space. Today, it looks totally unoccupied and plans are to turn the former church into a performing arts space.

Former Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - Crookston, MN

Across the street and up a few doors is another former church. I couldn't find much information on it.

Former First Methodist Church

Hopefully I will be able to join the link up this weekend at InSPIREd Sunday - a weekly meme sharing religious architecture.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Good Fences - Montana

First I was captured by the buttes (or mesas, plateaus or table landforms) receding into the distance. Then I noticed the fence. :-)

Along I-94 (or maybe it was still I-90) in Eastern Montana

Linking with TexWisGirl and the Good Fences meme over at the Run*A*Round Ranch.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rurality - Darn Birds!

It's close if not time to harvest the cherry crop in North Central Washington. To protect their crops, the growers resort to several different ways to keep the birds away and the cherries on their trees. Gone are the days of the old style scarecrows on a stick out in the field.

Shiny Mylar Ribbons to Spook the Birds

More Mylar Ribbons

Netting over the entire crop of trees

Another set of trees covered with netting

The Modern Scarecrow - an inflatable placed at the edge of the orchard

Linking to Madge @ The View From Right Here and the Rurality bloghop.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday - Artwork

Spotted along CA Highway 6 east of Tonopah

Linking to Rubbish Tuesday by Roan. A weekly meme sharing oldies but still goodies.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

InSPIREd Sunday - Melrose, Minnesota

In a previous post from early 2013, I posted a daytime photo of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, Minnesota. This week, it's the opposite time of day. I was traveling northwest on I-94 after landing in Minneapolis-St. Paul. From a distance, I could see the twin spires of St. Mary's illuminated against the nighttime sky. Since the church is just off the interstate highway and easy to get to, I made a quick decision to snap a few photos. I didn't get out of my car because it was still cold in Minnesota back in mid-March and you can tell by the flags for Lent it was windy, too. I love the symmetry in the facade on this church. Enjoy!

St. Mary's Catholic Church - Melrose, Minnesota

Linking to InSPIREd Sunday - a weekly meme sharing religious architecture from around the world. All are welcome!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

InSPIREd Sunday - Dickinson, North Dakota

Since I will be driving through Dickinson this weekend as I journey back to Minnesota, I am sharing some pictures I took last Fall while staying in town.

Ridgeway Lutheran Church was organized in 1911. It was later moved to the the Dickinson Museum in 1981 after the congregation voted to disband the church in 1976. They have a nice write up here including interior photos.

Ridgeway Lutheran Church

Ridgeway Lutheran

Spire on Ridgeway Lutheran

A few blocks away is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. After photographing spires for the past several years, I find it is easy to identify a spire on an LDS church.

LDS Spire - Dickinson, ND

Linking to InSPIREd Sunday - a weekly meme that share religious architecture. All are welcome!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Nashville Warbler

No, it's not what you think. I'm not talking about the latest singing sensation out of Music City.

I kept seeing flashes of yellow out of the window while still staying at the condo in Detroit Lakes. I was so happy to finally capture images of the bird. I then had to do a little research to identify it.

Nashville Warbler

Isn't He (or She) Lovely?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Skywatch Friday - Fargo, North Dakota

Sunrise at Hector International Airport - Fargo, North Dakota
Linking to Skywatch Friday - a weekly meme of skywatching enthusiasts from around the globe.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Candy Stripe Silo

The round theme continues...

About two years ago, I stumbled across a website listing round barns and covered bridges. I like to check in occasionally to see what's new and if there is anything near wherever I happen to be. I noticed via another link that Dale, the website owner, was looking for a picture of the Candy Stripe Silo in Rosemount, MN.

On my last trip home, I left the hotel a few minutes early to find the silo since it was not too far from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. It was very easy to find although dealing with rush hour traffic of people heading into the cities was not as much fun. Needless to say, I've sent copies to Dale so he can update his website.

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