May 2012 Archives

Kayakers in the St. Louis River

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(Click to enlarge) Don't worry. He pulled it up and climbed out safely to take a break.

Kayakers in the St. Louis River

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Rocks and Pine Needles

Eliot Porter called this sort of scene "intimate landscapes".

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St. Louis River Rocks

Imposing rocks are everywhere, in and out of the water.

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Rocks and Trees

Along the bank above the deep canyon of the St. Louis River: harsh but beautiful land.

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Bridge over St. Louis River

This old bridge now functions as part of the Willard Munger State Trail.

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St. Louis River

The St. Louis River runs through Jay Cooke State Park, south of Duluth. The river flows over Thomson Dam, which provides power for Thomson Station, the largest hydroelectric plant in Minnesota. These photos were taken below the dam. Although the water level is low, the St, Louis is still clearly a powerful river.

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Headstones

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(Click to enlarge) Cemetery at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth. The headstones commemorate some of the many nuns who have taught there over the decades.

Across the Water

Three scenes across the water from Duluth: the first from the Lakewalk, the second and third from Park Point.

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Duluth Cityscape

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(Click to enlarge) Looks like a Charles Sheeler painting to me.

Park Point

Views from the water's edge on Park Point in Duluth.

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Duluth Lift Bridge

Another comparison of nearly monochrome color with black and white.

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Pier Post

A post from a pier, along the lakefront walkway in Duluth. Another case where both color and black & white look good.

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Duluth Monochromes

Two versions of a photo from a trip last year to Duluth. The first is "real life" monochrome, the second is a black and white conversion.

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Archives

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(Click to enlarge) A few of the many holdings from the Charles Babbage Institute, from the days when the Twin Cities was a world center of computer development.

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(Click to enlarge) One last shot of the striking, deep underground architecture of the University of Minnesota Archives, with curved walls for structural strength.

Archives

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(Click to enlarge) In the Special Collections area: children's books

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(Click to enlarge) Modular repetition attracts my camera

Fork Lift in the Archive Stacks

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(Click to enlarge) The stacks are spaced to just accommodate the fork lift.

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(Click to enlarge) A bird's eye perspective from the elevated fork lift platform.

Archive Stacks

If you go into regular library stacks, you might need a step-stool to reach the top shelves. In the University of Minnesota archives, in limestone caverns 80 feet underground, you need a fork lift.

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Archives

More "behind the scenes" photos in the archives of the University of Minnesota Libraries:

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(Click to enlarge) Foam inserts to cushion books in partly full boxes

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(Click to enlarge) Preparing a box of books for shelving

Library Archive Caverns

The limestone caverns where the University of Minnesota Libraries archives are housed are massive and deep underground. Semi-trucks and trailers move holdings in and out. These photos give some idea of the massive scale of the facility.

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Minitex

Bins for books for interlibrary loan go down the chute to the loading dock.

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Minitex Interlibrary Loan

Minitex " is a publicly supported network of academic, public, state government, and special libraries working cooperatively to improve library service for their users in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota." It's largely run by the University of Minnesota Libraries. I'm told that it's the most active interlibrary loan network in the United States.

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Map Library

Behind the scenes in the Map Library at the University of Minnesota. By visiting this library, one gets a more direct, intuitive feeling about how an outstanding scholarly resource and academic departments (Geography, South Asian Studies, etc.) reinforce each other.

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Information Exchange

We tend to think of libraries as rather static collections of books and journals, but my ventures behind the scenes showed a very different picture. Information is constantly moving to and fro, just as much in hard copy as in bits and bytes.

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(Click to enlarge) A small portion of the day's mail being received and processed.

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(Click to enlarge) Shipping crates for an exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, on display in the Elmer L. Anderson Library.

Library Bulletin Boards

I recently had the privilege of going behind the scenes at some of the University of Minnesota Libraries facilities, to photograph some of the operations and people that enable the Libraries to carry out their multiple roles so effectively. One important part of the mix is good humor, as typified in these bulletin board postings near peoples' desks.

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Framing

When photographers take pictures of the world around them, they don't "compose", they "frame". Sometimes it's an odd juxtaposition, sometimes a detail that they cut from the broader scene. These are from the construction site of the University of Minnesota's Recreation and Wellness Center.

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Recreation and Wellness Center

The construction/expansion of the Recreation and Wellness Center on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus is a big deal.

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1100 Chairs

One day last week the lawn in front of Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota was set with 1100 chairs, reminding viewers of the 1100 college students who commit suicide each year. This event was part of Mental Health Awareness Day at the University of Minnesota.

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University Storehouse

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University Storehouse

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University Storehouse

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