A couple of weeks ago, the city of Minneapolis eased rules for keeping chickens. and last week I came across a quiz about backyard chickens. So even though I only got one question on that quiz right, I decided to dig out some old photos and post it.
I had absolutely no idea how much chickens / roosters bob their heads until we stopped by the rooster crowing contest at the Minnesota State Fair a couple of years ago. I’m lucky that these two stopped pacing their cages long enough for me to get in focus pictures. The head bobbing is an Everyday Mystery, the pacing might have been due to the strange environment.
Well, when I went to post that quiz the link had disappeared. So although this quiz from “How Stuff Works” loads very slowly, it’s this weeks quiz.
Click here to take The Ultimate Poultry Quiz and see if you can beat my score of 14 out of 20.
About a week and a half ago, I decided that for our next “Angie Adventure” we would go to William Berry Park. (An Angie Adventure is when I take her for a car ride and then let her explore a neighborhood or park she hasn’t been to. )
William Berry Park is one of those parks that people in Minneapolis have a hard time placing. It’s a small wooded, hilly area between the very popular Lake Calhoun Park and Lake Harriet Park. What remains of the Como-Harriet Streetcar track runs through the park.
After pulling me down a hill, Angie is now adamant that we find out what is up these stairs. She had an easier time getting under the chain blocking access from the top than I did.
The only people we saw in the park were people with dogs and we met them all: one dog was only 4 months old, one was 7 years old and one was 17. Angie didn’t stay still enough for me to even attempt to take another picture until…
After over a half hour of following Angie around, we ended up coming back through the trolley tracks and were very close to the car. Angie wouldn’t budge. She didn’t pull but she made it clear that she wasn’t going to willingly move unless we went the opposite direction. We headed south into Lake Harriet Park and I’m very glad we did.
I never would have seen this very rare Minneapolis occurrence, flowers blooming in November, if we had gone the way I had wanted.
Angie stopped one last time and we watched the fishing boat out on the lake.
I decided to check out one of my seldom used apps, Artista Impresso, and see if any of my blurry photos could be improved enough to include. Not quite “stroke-filled Impressionist masterpieces” but not bad.
Artista Impresso #1
Artista Impresso #2
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Scotland has the Loch Ness Monster. Minneapolis has Minne.
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“Minne” is the Dakota Indian word for water. This sculpture by Cameron Gainer, based on the 1934 infamous photo of the Loch Ness Monster, started appearing in various Minneapolis lakes back in 2009. For the first couple of years the statue was moved to a different Minneapolis lake every couple of weeks. Then in 2012, public voting determines which one lake* gets to be Minne’s home for the summer**.
This summer Minne’s home is Lake Calhoun, the largest of Minneapolis’ 17 lakes. Although I drive around the SE portion of that lake twice most every work day, Minne is located near the NW corner and I hadn’t yet seen her this year.
Jimmy took me out kayaking on Lake Calhoun today. It was a very rare sunny, not too hot day in Minneapolis. We rented a 2 person kayak which made it possible for Jimmy to do most of the paddling and for me to take pictures. I’d never been in a kayak before today. I wish I could enjoy it more. Even covered with sunscreen and protected by sunglasses and hat, the feeling of the sun on my skin sends out warning signals to seek shelter now! I had too many painful sunburns at a young age to be able to relax in the sun.
It’s also very difficult to take a focused picture from a kayak using an old cell phone. (I wasn’t going to take anything I’d miss if I dropped it into the lake out with me.)
For the third straight year, Minneapolis received the top score (84) in the Trust for Public Land’s annual ranking of big city parks in the United States. This year the number of cities considered was expanded from the largest 60 cities to the largest 75 cities and that city across the Mississippi River, (St. Paul #66 in size), became eligible and also received a score of 84. After 2 years alone at the top, Minneapolis now shares 1st place. If your wondering, Washington DC came in 3rd with 81 points and to see rankings for all 75 cities click here.
In order to get from my home in Minneapolis to my place of work in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis (without going miles out of the way), I have to drive alongside part of at least one Minneapolis park. Linden Hills is the neighborhood south of Lake Calhoun and West of Lake Harriet.
I stopped on the way home yesterday afternoon to take a picture. You can’t tell from this picture, but there were quite a few people enjoying the sun and wonderful weather.
I spent about 10 minutes wandering back and forth taking some pictures of two other benches that lacked a great view. Finally the guys playing hackysac around the spot I shot this from moved to play volleyball. Then I waited about 5 minutes watching the stream of bicyclists, joggers, dog walkers, etc. go by until I was able to get clear shot of this bench near Thomas Beach at Lake Calhoun (part of Minneapolis’ Lake Calhoun Park).
The Major League Baseball All Star Game will take place in Minneapolis tomorrow night wrapping up 5 days of baseball themed events (5 days of Fan Fest, a concert, a 5K run, the Futures Game, the Legends & Celebrity Softball game, 3 days of block parties downtown, the Home Run Derby, a Red Carpet Show).
Jimmy will be going to the game tomorrow. I met up with him at FanFest yesterday. We had fun getting our pictures taken.
I had no idea how many types of roosters there were until Jimmy and I slowly walked through the Poultry Barn at the Minnesota State Fair this year. This is only a small sample of the roosters, the list of winning birds in the Competition Results is 45 pages long. Since it’s organized by breed I’m not sure how many roosters were in that barn.
The roosters above were included because:
They weren’t pecking the ground so I could get a shot of their face
They didn’t try to approach my phone when I held it up to the cage (to get a picture without bars in front)
Their heads were still enough to get a non-blurry shot.
Summer Anne Burton is drawing a picture of every member of the Baseball Hall of Fame which she posts at Every Hall of Famer. She’s also a frequent contributer to Notgraphs which provides “a place to put things that would otherwise not have a place on FanGraphs”. FanGraphs is an extremely comprehensive baseball statistics site.
If I were more organized I’d have a photo of me by the statue of Killebrew at Target Field.
Instead, here’s a stock photo of the statue
and a picture I took of Jimmy enjoying a game at Target Field earlier this year.
Jimmy and I went to the fair today. We got a Blue Ribbon Bargain Book for the first time. My new favorites are the walleye cakes and breakfast crepes. I should have skipped the fried fruit on a stick.We watched the IRONJACK timber team show. It’s the same show every year but it’s entertaining and you get to sit down and yell. We always sit on the south side and our team always looses. The sheep were in disguise. Judging starts tomorrow morning. They all got sheered today and are being kept as clean as possible for tomorrow.
Ye Old Mill has been updated. Some of the displays now include a sign that it’s the 96th year. I wonder what they’ll do for the 100th?