Long Walk To the Park and Saint Paul

I headed out around four in hopes of catching the sunset at the Lilydale Regional Park and possibly take pictures of the ice falls if they are nicely lit. The sunset was interesting at the bottom of the cliff. Yes, I just descended to the bottom using a very long slippery trail that some of the park users have decided to turn into a super long sliding hill and now needed to get back up. Oh look a really cool looking railroad bridge that needs to be checked out!

Omaha Road Bridge No 15

As long as I’m at the bottom of the cliff I might as well check out the city at night, right? Yup.

Saint Paul Cathedral

I walked along the river for a ways until I came to the bike path that parallels the river. Even though my legs and feet were sore already at this point I made it up the stairs of the Wabasha Street bridge. It was time to head home now, since I still had about 2 miles. The trip ended up being around 7 miles in 5 hours. A lot longer than I planned.

The ice falls were there at the park. And they can be climbed with a permit. I’ll have to go back later and try to find a angle where they are lit. The park has a bunch of small streams that run from the top of the cliff down to the river, so there should be some good opportunities if I can manage to be good at scouting them out. There were more images were taken during this trip, and I’ll post them up later this week.

Mallards at Thompson

There were a lot of Mallards resting around the open water on the frozen Thompson lake when I visited Thompson County Park in West Saint Paul. I had a lot of fun seeing how good – or poor – my camera focused on the moving birds.

I’m landing here:
Mallards at Thompson County Park, West Saint Paul, by Adam Bavier

That crow just took my snack:
Mallards at Thompson County Park, West Saint Paul, by Adam Bavier

Make way we’re coming on in:
Mallards at Thompson County Park, West Saint Paul, by Adam Bavier

Ready to impact Earth here:
Mallards at Thompson County Park, West Saint Paul, by Adam Bavier

This was all fun. Time to head on out:
Mallards at Thompson County Park, West Saint Paul, by Adam Bavier

Cattails at Thompson

After a while of crouching down in the snow and trying to take pictures of the mallards chilling by the open water on Thompson lake and getting sore legs, I stood up, turned around and snapped one picture of the cattails along the lake with the sunset hitting them dramatically. I really like the colors on this one, and I hope that it comes across on your computer monitor.

Shots of the mallards coming in tomorrows post.

Cattails at Thompson County Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota by Adam J. Bavier

Sunset on the Frozen Lake

Thompson County Park in Saint Paul is gorgeous at sunset. I spent 2 hours walking around there photographing the birds on the lake, and was treated to an excellent sunset to finish off the nice warm end to the day. Thompson has a paved trail around the lake, some walking trails in the woods, a bridge over the highway to Kaposia Park where you can play Disc Golf, and a big grand lodge that I’ll have to go back later and checkout.

Thompson County Park at Sunset by Adam Bavier

Edit 2/24, A second link with more information about Thompson County Park including maps is here.