Monday, June 18, 2007

Last One

Time to leave the park but here's one last shot for you. Thanks for the comments. They keep me going.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Are you getting bored yet??

Because we are still at Como Park but I'm still having fun! Are you?

Saturday, June 16, 2007

More Como

Since no one seems to be complaining (no seems to be saying anything!) here's some more from Como Park.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Como Carousel

Como Park has a lovely restored carousel which occasionally gets rented out by wedding parties for fun photo ops. That white blur in the center of the photo is actually the bride du jour. Took me several tries to catch her at just the right moment but I finally got her. Fun photo don't you think?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Como Amusement Park

Next to the small zoo is a small amusement park and this time of year, it's absolutely swamped with kids! It's free to get in like the zoo, but they ask for donations at the gate.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

USS Swordfish

Did you know that Como Park houses a WWII memorial? I didn't until today. One of her unspent "fish" is on display with a plaque of those who were lost on her when she sank. Below is a brief history of her. Enjoy.

USS SWORDFISH I (SS-193), under the command of Cdr. K.E. Montross, left Pearl Harbor on 22 December 1944, to carry on her thirteenth patrol in the vicinity of Nansei Shoto. She topped off with fuel at Midway on 26 December and left that day for her area. In addition to her regular patrol, SWORDFISH was to conduct photographice reconnaissance of Okinawa, for preparation of the Okinawa Campaign.
On 2 January, SWORDFISH was ordered to delay carrying out her assigned tasks in order to keep her clear of the Nansei Shoto area until completion of carried based air strikes which were scheduled. She was directed to patrol the general vicinity of 30!N;132!E until further orders were received. In the last communications received from SWORDFISH, she acknowledged receipt of these orders on 3 January.
On 9 January 1945, SWORDFISH was directed to proceed to the vicinity of Okinawa to carry out her special mission. It was estimated that the task would not take more than seven days after arrival on station, which she should have reached on 11 January. Upon completion of her mission, SWORDFISH was to proceed to Saipan, or to Midway if she was unable to transmit by radio. Since neither place had seen her by 15 February, and repeated attempts to raise her by radio had failed, she was reported as presumed lost, the victim of unknown causes.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Albino Squirrel

Right here in St. Paul, a rare albino squirrel. Well, I don't know how rare it really is, I just know I've never seen one. Forgive the unclear photo. I had to edit the picture quite a bit since my zoom lens is not the greatest.

Also, please forgive the long absence. I'm toying with the idea of deep sixing the photo blog since I can't seem to keep up with it and I get very few comments. But I'm going to try for a little bit longer to do better. Thanks.