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Old October 1st, 2011, 08:57 AM   #1
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Minneapolis, St Paul and the St Croix Valley

This was originally supposed to be two threads, one of Minneapolis and St Paul, the other of the St Croix Valley. Neither thread is finished but it looks like I won't be able to do any urban photography for while so I thought I would post what I have.

The St Croix Valley is an area east of St Paul that has become part of the Twin Cities exurbs in the last two decades. It was one of the first parts of the region to be settled and the old small town downtowns remain intact and have some good fabric, there are also a lot of old houses in some of the towns. There is a lot of sprawl too but I didn't photograph that.

The photos of Minneapolis and St Paul are not really an accurate representation of the cities as a whole. For most of August and September it was extremely sunny which is pleasant to be in but the light is harsh for photography. As a result I did most of my photography on cloudy days. I photographed a lot of the grittier parts of the cities because shooting on overcast days is good for that. St Paul in particular is much, much nicer than I made it look in this thread. For a better view of Minneapolis click here, for tours of the pretty parts of St Paul click here or here.

Minneapolis:

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Hastings, Minnesota:

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Prescott, Wisconsin:

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Minneapolis:

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Hudson, Wisconsin:

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The edge of sprawl, St Croix County, Wisconsin:

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River Falls, Wisconsin:

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Minneapolis:

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St Paul:

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Stillwater, Minnesota:

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Old October 4th, 2011, 01:22 AM   #2
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Really good set of pictures here. Love the different environments, especially the gritty. While every city has its pretty touristy side its always good to see the unloved parts of town too.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 06:56 AM   #3
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Thanks.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 01:18 PM   #4
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Indeed those shots from Minneapolis and St. Paul are just very good and very nice
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Old October 6th, 2011, 01:06 AM   #5
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I enjoyed those photos. They really convey a feeling of the lives lived.

Each village, town or city has its own flavour, but the endeavour of all humans to live, get by & survive is common - I'm always impressed by that. And by the urge for recreation and celebration.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 05:29 AM   #6
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awesome shots.
those wall paintings/murals/graffiti are great.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 07:06 AM   #7
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Love Minnesota, never been to Wisconsin. Thanks for sharing photos of a great state.
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Old October 26th, 2011, 10:59 PM   #8
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Wow, it's very pretty up there! Great pictures!
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