Tim Kiser's photos with the June 2012

Old memories of looking out across freeway interchanges in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis during hot weather.

Old memories of looking out across freeway interchanges in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis during hot weather.
In Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on June 30th, 2012, the interchange of Highway 100 with Summit Drive North, as viewed from a pedestrian/bicycle overpass.

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Library of Congress classification ideas:
TE23 Express highways—United State…
Added on December  6, 2013

Funny wall full-of-holes.

Funny wall full-of-holes.
This was behind a "Slumberland" store and it got me smiling. The lighter-colored blocks appear to be an effort at refurbishment, which is heartening.

I doubt that the guardrail would be enough to protect the wall from a calculated effort to damage it wi…
Added on December  5, 2013

"Bury yer area" beyond the jersey barrier area.

"Bury yer area" beyond the jersey barrier area.
In Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on June 30th, 2012, the former Brookdale Center shopping mall, as viewed from the Shingle Creek Trail south of the intersection of Bass Lake Road and Shingle Creek Parkway.

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Library of Congress class…
Added on December  4, 2013

"Dumpchute to Shamrock," just sitting there like it's as normal and ordinary as anything.

"Dumpchute to Shamrock," just sitting there like it's as normal and ordinary as anything.
The building's stupid 1980s architectural geometry is causing my picture's upper right-hand corner to look like it's not ninety degrees. I'm sorry for that but it's not my fault.

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In downtown Minneapolis on June 13th, 2012, the "…
Added on October 18, 2012

Wet parking; squishy carpet of vivid red mulch; yellow parking arm; rainbow.

Wet parking; squishy carpet of vivid red mulch; yellow parking arm; rainbow.
Were I the owner of that mulch I don't figure I'd be very happy about it getting wet. Because the brilliance of its dyejob is probably the #1 reason why I'd've bought[en] it in the first place. So I wouldn't want for the dye to rinse out.

The sun's bac…
Added on October 13, 2012

Typical St. Paul streetscape, unremarkable.

Typical St. Paul streetscape, unremarkable.
You know those house-shaped "Apartment Finder" plastic boxes that everybody hates and abuses? People tag them and pee on them and kick them out into the street? Well, if you want to contrive some furnishings on the cheap, you could do worse than to star…
Added on September 10, 2012

Facing east and west respectively in the sun in the early afternoon.

Facing east and west respectively in the sun in the early afternoon.
All the toil and $$$ and madness to have that lawn. Elevations of incomplete enclosures of chainlink. It was funny to be out here.

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In Blaine, Minnesota, on June 24th, 2012, in Field A3 at the National Sports Center, south of 10…
Added on September  8, 2012

Sterile and/or serene evening!

Sterile and/or serene evening!
The separation of the path from the parking lot by a strip of lawn — vs a placement of the path directly upon the edge of the parking lot — is intended to direct path users' awarenesses away from the parking lot and toward the expanse of lawn, to mould pa…
Added on August 11, 2012

Big old big-&-clumsy.

Big old big-&-clumsy.
The patch of flowered land that that monster is standing upon is an exact picture of my mental understandings of the notion of countryside.

The billboard tower merits its very own electric meter, just like a house.

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In Blaine, M…
Added on June 29, 2012

An historic Marshalls.

An historic Marshalls.
The history-of-American-retail anoraks whose enthusiasms are so goddamned pronounced all over the internet are all gonna need a change of shorts after they see this. Because most examples of the pictured style of Marshalls lettering have gotten replaced…
Added on June 29, 2012

Makin summer memories in Richfield.

Makin summer memories in Richfield.
Those Minneapolitans who have ever managed to wander into the inner-ring suburb "Richfield, Minnesota" will recognize the atmospherics of this immediately. "Ah yes, Richfield, I have passed through that."

Sometime a person sat down and thought, "Hmm, de…
Added on June 29, 2012

Lake Smetana!

Lake Smetana!
Likely it's named for either the ethnic sour dairyfood smetana or the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. From a distance that building back yonder on the right looks vaguely Czech, but too I caught a whiff of what smelled to me like sour dairy coming off th…
Added on June 29, 2012

I had ~80 multiple exposures of this and I picked this one and dragged all the others to the trash.

I had ~80 multiple exposures of this and I picked this one and dragged all the others to the trash.
What I notice is how the flag's top right corner is kind of bunched up a little bit as it reaches around to touch the lucky 7th stripe, the Maryland stripe. The stripes appear as thunderbolts of Americanism, reaching down from the transmission tower to t…
Added on June 29, 2012

A rich suburban schoolyard.

A rich suburban schoolyard.
The rusty lightpole seems a lot older than everything else here.

This place is deep in the heart of Michele Bachmann country so I was surprised to see that aerial survey marker on the path. John Birchers sometimes like to flip out about that kind of thi…
Added on June 29, 2012

Sure are some soggy pinecones soaking in these puddles out here in the suburbs this morning.

Sure are some soggy pinecones soaking in these puddles out here in the suburbs this morning.
When your site is the grounds of a drivethru bankteller, the installation of special styles of pavers is almost inherently gonna be a waste of effort, compared to just paving it regular.

Picture me stepping left-and-right and swaying into position to see…
Added on June 29, 2012

To look out across: exactly those kinds of edenic prairies you'd expect to see in a suburb called "Eden Prairie, Minnesota."

To look out across: exactly those kinds of edenic prairies you'd expect to see in a suburb called "Eden Prairie, Minnesota."
We would all hope that even as an American you would be sophisticated enough not to anticipate that you would actually see a literally edenic literal prairie here, doy.

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In Eden Prairie, Minnesota, on June 4th, 2012, a view toward…
Added on June 29, 2012

They are spraying people!

They are spraying people!
This is to wet the clothes and eyewear of those few early-morning pedestrians out here in this suburb -- as punishment for what!

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In St. Louis Park, Minnesota, on June 17th, 2012, at 6:24 a.m., on the south side of Wayzata Bouleva…
Added on June 29, 2012

A video of a man standing on the top level of a parking structure, frantically spraying a fire extinguisher at an approaching bank of clouds.

A video of a man standing on the top level of a parking structure, frantically spraying a fire extinguisher at an approaching bank of clouds.
In fact he's only pretending to be frantic.

The action is merely to be described in words on a still-photo website, with an accompanying picture of the locale. That's the conceptual art part of it. Youtube killed performance art by showing too much.…
Added on June 29, 2012