The last days before the first snow mean it’s time for photography
With the first snow of the 2023-2024 winter upon us, I took the opportunity last weekend to get some autumn photos around downtown Saint Paul, Summit Avenue, and Cathedral Hill.
Every Saint Paulite probably knows where this photo was taken on the south side of the Mississippi River:
The Cathedral of Saint Paul, the Minnesota State Capitol, and part of the downtown Saint Paul skyline emerge through a tapestry of red and orange leaves
This whole “fall” thing is new for this almost-lifelong Phoenician. But that means the first snow of the winter’s upon us. Oh well.
Two trash cans waiting for the bus? (the car was stopped at the time)
A train speeds past a railroad crossing near downtown Flagstaff.
A train speeds past a railroad crossing near downtown Flagstaff. To get an idea of the speed of this train, the shutter speed was 1/60 second.
I-17 with no traffic? Oh yes. From the weekend of the METRO light rail bridge over I-17 construction.
At the same time of my earlier photo,
, I-17 had to be closed down to through traffic. Here are a couple of photos of a completely empty I-17. Surreal. light rail not yet at the speed of light
So I have a series of photos I’ve taken called
light rail at the speed of light – extended exposures of METRO light rail trains on their travels through Phoenix.
This site is going to be excellent in a couple years’ time to add to that photo series.
One of the big projects I’ve been working on this year is a wholesale redesign and reconfiguration of my personal website.
One of the big projects I’ve been working on this year is a wholesale redesign and reconfiguration of my personal website. This sketch is just a bit of the many sheets of 13×19 paper and many whiteboard sketches for what this site will become.
A glimpse of clouds–and rain–so near yet far away (Midtown Phoenix weather photography, 11 July 2020)
A glimpse of clouds–and rain–so near yet far away
On June 24, prior to its closing, I traveled up to Metrocenter to take some final photos. Here are a few of them
Prior to its closing next week, I thought I’d make one final trip to Metrocenter to see it before the lights turn off for good June 30. I grew up close to this mall and visited it more than I probably care to admit in the 1990s.
I wrote an appreciation essay on Metrocenter earlier this week, which I invite you to read first before viewing the photos.
One of the main entrances to the mall building
Current and former retailers
I never appreciated it until now, but the former Robinson’s / Macy’s store (now a U-Haul?) has a definite New Formalism aesthetic to it.
A detached Walmart replaced the former Broadway in 2016-2017
The former JCPenney (and before that, Dillard’s, Joske’s, and Rhodes) is now a self-storage. Note the symmetry of the building (the black glass is/was an elevator)
Another mall entrance
Sears (closed 2018)
From the north, the Sears was a box on top of a plinth
If you didn’t know already
This sticker was still on the door of the Sears
Now we go inside. You can see elements of the original architecture but also the postmodern nonsense they put on top of it
Another interior shot. This is the east-west corridor
Even the security guards are mailing it in
The Dillard’s clearance outlet is now only accessible from the outside, but the atrium still shows some of the original 1973 architecture
Short-term leases are available – act today, we’re gone tomorrow!
And, finally, this sad balloon sums it all up.
On 1 May 2020, a military flyover was conducted to show support for those leading the fight against the COVID-19 crisis.
On 1 May 2020, a military flyover was conducted to show support for those leading the fight against the COVID-19 crisis. The path wound through Phoenix, flying over midtown Phoenix for this photo opportunity: