Monday, May 30, 2011
A Memorial Day tradition is to walk through Lakewood Cemetery to reflect on the men and women who have served our country as well as our loved ones who are no longer with us.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
What a day. Freezing temperatures and intermittent snowflakes couldn't keep people away from the 37th annual May Day Parade on Bloomington Avenue South between 25th Street E and 34th Street E. This was my first time at the event and you could say I was captivated. Despite temporarily losing the feeling in my fingers, I managed to take around 750 photos. Even though I didn't choose a very colorful photo (in the traditional sense), for my photo of the day, the costumes, bikes and puppets were every color of the rainbow. But, fire beats everything, in my opinion. A band a top a rolling shack, definitely beats its competitors in my set. Scott and I started and ended the day with smiles on our faces which is a great day indeed. We walked to Midtown Global Market (6+ miles) and warmed up with great food (a Camel burger for Scott) from Safari Express and then headed to the parade route. Along the way, Scott discovered pain in his feet which limited his mobility for the rest of the day. Once we arrived to Bloomington Avenue, we were greeted by Jeffrey the French Bulldog and his cute little owner. Another great people watching moment was when we saw a 2-3 year old boy discover his love for a Golden Retriever to the amusement of everyone around him. Then came the bikes. The tall, mutant bikes of the Black Label Bike Club, which I later discovered started in Minneapolis with the Hard Times Bike Club. The Heart of the Beast puppets were impressive and it was fun to see such a varied group of people all take part in the same event.
The end of the parade was a little strange with the traditional politician handshaking, moments after anarchists were passing out Haymarket Riot literature. But, this section is the "Join In Section" and anything goes. This makes three RT handshakes for me and my first greeting with Al Franken, who paused gave me a big smile and then patted me on the back. Thanks, Al.
In hindsight, I wish I had studied up on this year's parade story in advance because it may have been more meaningful and I would have realized that it had four scenes. I also wish I had someone with me to chime in on how this year differed from other years. Also, next year I hope to move around a bit more and get shots of the parade from different angles. Today, a new Nivens Family tradition was born. Let's hope next year is warmer.
Thursday, March 15, 2011
Since my favorite color is green, I do not have to try too hard to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Currently, my favorite green item is my pair of Saucony Originals Low Pro in Army. It feels like I'm walking on marshmallows when I wear them. It was too wet/muddy on the streets and sidewalks of Minneapolis to wear these beauties for St. Paddy's, so I wore my green pants instead. My back-up St. Patrick's Day photo was Scott's bottle of Jameson and yesterday I took a photo of the most awesome green car I've ever seen.
Monday, February 14, 2011
I followed a large bouquet of balloons for 2 blocks down Nicollet Avenue to find Ashley and her boyfriend hanging out. I asked permission to take a photo of their balloons and it seemed they wanted to be in the photo so I ended up taking a few portraits for them. Hopefully they had a great Valentine's Day together! Seeing them have so much fun definitely made my day brighter!
I attempted my first 365 photo project in 2011. I made it to Day 246.