Radio Pictures: Ballroom

Dancers are amazing. 

Competitive ballroom dancing is in a league of it's own. The athleticism and emotion that each dancers shows on the floor is incredible. It's hard not to be swept away by the magic of it all.

The following photos were taken at the Twin Cities Ballroom Open Championships in July 2018 during the Saturday night professional competition.

I hope these photos encourage you to dance. Even if it's in your living room. Just make sure to put on lashes.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN. 2018.

Radio Pictures: Rosary Procession

My photo exploration of the Catholic faith and rituals continued this week as I participated in a Rosary procession in Saint Paul, MN. Starting at the State Capitol, parishioners recited the Rosary while marching behind the Knights of Columbus and men in tuxedos who escorted a statue of the Virgin Mary to the Cathedral of Saint Paul. 

At the cathedral, the statute of the Virgin Mary was carried down the aisle to a full congregation waving white handkerchiefs while a loud and triumphant organ piece was played. The pageantry of the ceremony was fascinating and the energy was contagious.

I'm not sure what my next Catholic photo event will be. Maybe I should tweet the Pope to see if he's available.

 Hand on Mary. Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

Hand on Mary. Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

 Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

 Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

 The Bishop. Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

The Bishop. Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

 Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

 Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

 Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

 Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

 Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

 Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

Rosary Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

Radio Pictures: Vigil

I'm fascinated by the rituals of the Catholic faith. I had never been to a Catholic Easter vigil, but when a friend told me there was fire, I knew I had to go.

The following photos are from the Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of Saint Paul.

The last two photos are from the Easter morning service at the House of Hope Presbyterian church. There was no fire, but the Widor postlude made up for it.

 Easter Vigil. Cathedral of Saint Paul.

Easter Vigil. Cathedral of Saint Paul.

 Easter Vigil. Cathedral of Saint Paul.

Easter Vigil. Cathedral of Saint Paul.

 Easter Vigil. Cathedral of Saint Paul.

Easter Vigil. Cathedral of Saint Paul.

 Easter Vigil. Cathedral of Saint Paul.

Easter Vigil. Cathedral of Saint Paul.

 Easter morning. House of Hope Presbyterian Church.

Easter morning. House of Hope Presbyterian Church.

 Easter morning. House of Hope Presbyterian Church.

Easter morning. House of Hope Presbyterian Church.

Radio Pictures: Send in the Clowns

The World Clown Association held their 2018 conference in Minnesota this year. Lucky us! I've never been to a clown convention, but I wanted to witness the cool and interesting people that would participate. I attended their one public event and I learned that the clowns and the fans of clowns are a friendly, fun, and approachable group. It almost made me want to be a clown. Almost.

Their goal is to make people happy. Even the sad clowns. And they did.

 Clown Convention. Minnesota.

Clown Convention. Minnesota.

 Clown Convention. Minnesota.

Clown Convention. Minnesota.

 Clown Convention. Minnesota.

Clown Convention. Minnesota.

 Clown in the Mall. Minnesota.

Clown in the Mall. Minnesota.

 Clown Convention. Minnesota.

Clown Convention. Minnesota.

 Clown Convention. Minnesota.

Clown Convention. Minnesota.

 Clown Convention. Minnesota.

Clown Convention. Minnesota.

 Clown Convention. Minnesota.

Clown Convention. Minnesota.

Radio Pictures: Choristers

I had the opportunity to spend a Sunday morning with the lovely choristers of the House of Hope Choir School in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was amazing to watch them rehearse and prepare for the morning service. The dedication and enthusiasm of the children and the director was wonderful to witness.

 Late Choristers. Saint Paul, MN.

Late Choristers. Saint Paul, MN.

 Chorister. Saint Paul, MN.

Chorister. Saint Paul, MN.

 Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

Procession. Saint Paul, MN.

 Chorister. Saint Paul, MN.

Chorister. Saint Paul, MN.

 Rehearsal. Saint Paul, MN.

Rehearsal. Saint Paul, MN.

 Rehearsal Room. Saint Paul, MN.

Rehearsal Room. Saint Paul, MN.

 Church. Saint Paul, MN.

Church. Saint Paul, MN.

Radio Pictures: Three Photos from a Parade

Everyone loves a parade. Even in winter. When it's freezing. 

I went to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival King Boreas Grand Day parade on a cold Saturday in January. The crowds were tightly packed to see the newly crowned royalty of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and the energy was high. 

From my little spot on the sidewalk I saw the following three photos. 

 Winter Carnival Parade. Saint Paul, MN.

Winter Carnival Parade. Saint Paul, MN.

 Winter Carnival. Saint Paul, MN.

Winter Carnival. Saint Paul, MN.

 Winter Carnival. Saint Paul, MN.

Winter Carnival. Saint Paul, MN.

Radio Pictures: From the Corner of the Floor

This past Sunday I went to the Snow Ball Dancesport Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I was a little late to find a seat next to the floor, so I did the next best thing and sat on the floor with my camera in hand and watched in awe.

Ballroom dance is great. You should do it. Or at least watch it.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN.

 Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN.

Ballroom competition. Minneapolis, MN.

 Ballroom Competition. Minneapolis, MN.

Ballroom Competition. Minneapolis, MN.

 Ballroom Competition. Minneapolis, MN.

Ballroom Competition. Minneapolis, MN.

 Ballroom Competition. Minneapolis, MN.

Ballroom Competition. Minneapolis, MN.

Radio Pictures: What I did during Christmas vacation.

I had a few days off from work last week for the Christmas holiday so I did what anyone would do with vacation time. I danced and took photos of strangers.

The following photos were taken in Saint Paul the week before Christmas.

 Lowertown. Saint Paul, MN.

Lowertown. Saint Paul, MN.

 Choristers. Saint Paul, MN.

Choristers. Saint Paul, MN.

 Dancers. Saint Paul, MN.

Dancers. Saint Paul, MN.

 Big Band. Saint Paul, MN.

Big Band. Saint Paul, MN.

 Dancer. Saint Paul, MN.

Dancer. Saint Paul, MN.

 Bassist. Saint Paul, MN.

Bassist. Saint Paul, MN.

 Lowertown. Saint Paul, MN.

Lowertown. Saint Paul, MN.

Radio Pictures: It's the Holiday Season.

So whoop-de-do and hickory dock.

The following photos were taken in December 2017.

 Dancers. December 2017.

Dancers. December 2017.

 Office Holiday Party. December 2017.

Office Holiday Party. December 2017.

 Holiday Lights. December 2017.

Holiday Lights. December 2017.

 Flavorful Take-Out. December 2017.

Flavorful Take-Out. December 2017.

 Man and Cake. December 2017.

Man and Cake. December 2017.

 Dog in the Snow. December 2017.

Dog in the Snow. December 2017.

 Men. December 2017.

Men. December 2017.

 Santa. December 2017.

Santa. December 2017.

Radio Pictures: What I Saw Last Week.

November is a dark month. Pinball and dancing help.

The following photos were taken in Saint Paul and Minneapolis the week of November 6th.

 Pinball. Saint Paul, MN.

Pinball. Saint Paul, MN.

 Saturday Night at Mini Golf. Saint Paul, MN.

Saturday Night at Mini Golf. Saint Paul, MN.

 Southside Aces. Minneapolis, MN.

Southside Aces. Minneapolis, MN.

 Southside Aces. Minneapolis, MN.

Southside Aces. Minneapolis, MN.

 Minneapolis, MN.

Minneapolis, MN.

Radio Pictures: Saturday Night in Saint Paul

The following photos were taken on a warm Saturday night in October in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

It was the opening night of the opera, a free concert was happening on the plaza, and I had my trusty camera at my side.

 Intermission. Opening night of the opera.

Intermission. Opening night of the opera.

 Rice Park. Opening night of the opera.

Rice Park. Opening night of the opera.

 Chris Thile. Landmark Center Plaza

Chris Thile. Landmark Center Plaza

 Post show kiss. Chris Thile. Landmark Center Plaza.

Post show kiss. Chris Thile. Landmark Center Plaza.

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Radio Pictures: Finnish Tango, a Butcher Shop, and an Arcade

Finnish tango is not what I thought it was. I imagined people dancing Argentine tango in puffy winter coats. Instead it's fox trot steps, danced to tango music, probably composed by a Dane. Oh, those Fins!

This past Saturday I was lucky to watch some Finnish tango enthusiasts dance on the side walk outside of Ingebretsen's in Minneapolis. I even joined in on the fun and danced a Finnish tango and waltz. More people should dance on the sidewalk.

I also went to an arcade this weekend. I like to mix it up. 

 Minneapolis, MN.

Minneapolis, MN.

 Finnish Tango. Minneapolis, MN

Finnish Tango. Minneapolis, MN

 Ingebretsen's. Minneapolis, MN.

Ingebretsen's. Minneapolis, MN.

 Arcade. Minneapolis, MN.

Arcade. Minneapolis, MN.

Radio Pictures: State Fair. Saturday Night.

"Our state fair is a great state fair,
Don't miss it, don't even be late.
It's dollars to donuts
That our state fair
Is the best state fair in our state."

-From State Fair

The following photos were taken at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday, September 2, 2017.
 

 Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair.

 Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair.

 Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair.

 Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair.

 Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair.

 Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair.

 Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair.

 Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair.

Radio Pictures: Saturday Night in Dinkytown.

Dinkytown is a neighborhood located next to the University of Minnesota. On Saturday night I went to a dance that had a battle between James Brown and Motown. It was fantastic. The following photos are what I saw on and off the dance floor.

 Barbershop. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

Barbershop. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

 Dancing. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

Dancing. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

 At the dance. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

At the dance. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

 Dancing. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

Dancing. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

 Dancing. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

Dancing. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

 Dancing. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

Dancing. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

 Dancing. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

Dancing. Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

 Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

Dinkytown. Minneapolis, MN.

Radio Pictures: Iowa

I love visiting my friend Joni in Iowa. I get to spend time on her lovely farm, eat the most amazing donuts, and hang with her fun family. During my last visit we celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary of her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Clinton are pretty great. Mr. Clinton built my first loft when I was a freshmen in college and Mrs. Clinton baked me a banana chocolate cake for my birthday. They are very special people and I was so happy to be there to celebrate their anniversary.

 Skates. Massena, Iowa.

Skates. Massena, Iowa.

 Creston, Iowa.

Creston, Iowa.

 50th Wedding Anniversary. Creston, Iowa.

50th Wedding Anniversary. Creston, Iowa.

 Church Basement. Creston, Iowa.

Church Basement. Creston, Iowa.

 50th Wedding Anniversary. Creston, Iowa.

50th Wedding Anniversary. Creston, Iowa.

 Sanctuary. Creston, Iowa.

Sanctuary. Creston, Iowa.

 Singing Priest. Creston, Iowa

Singing Priest. Creston, Iowa

 50th Wedding Anniversary Dance. Legion Hall.

50th Wedding Anniversary Dance. Legion Hall.

 Anniversary Cake

Anniversary Cake

 Legion Hall.

Legion Hall.

 Legion Hall

Legion Hall

 Anniversary Dance. Legion Hall.

Anniversary Dance. Legion Hall.

 Legion Hall.

Legion Hall.

 Legion Hall.

Legion Hall.

 Farm in Iowa.

Farm in Iowa.

Radio Pictures: The Drive-In

The following photos were taken during a hot Saturday night in July at the Vali-Hi Drive-In located in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. 

 Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

 Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

 Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

 Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

 Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

 Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

 Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

 Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.

Drive-In. Lake Elmo, MN.