OF CO-OPS AND CROWNS

Posted: November 26, 2012 in Architecture, Details, Doors, Minnesota, Photography, Structures
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Minnesota:  Land of 10,000 Lakes, 10,000 grain elevators and feed mills and 10,000 meat markets.

 It says so on their license plates.

Okay. Maybe there isn’t room to write all of that on the plates, but people understand the “10,000 Lakes” thing to be shorthand for the larger motto.

Which I think is on their flag, but in Latin.

These three merged nicely on a Saturday morning drive into Clear Lake with my son.

(Did you say “Lake?” Check one.)

He was picking up both a crown roast and a giant tenderloin at MacDonald’s Meat Market which was HOPPING with activity, an actual traffic jam of cars trying to get into the parking lot.

(“Meat market” you say? Check two.)

Not wishing to stand in line inside, I opted to pick my way across the parking lot to the Clear Lake Farmers Cooperative and take some pictures.

(Hat trick!)

This was a pretty large operation, but once again, I was most interested in how the lines and angles all stack up together

and how the variety of textures play off each other.

I was snapping away when I heard someone yelling “Hey, Pete!” but after a second time and “Pete” hadn’t responded, I realized that a man toting a mammoth sack across his shoulder was yelling at me and he was actually yelling  “Whatcha see?”

“Nothing! This is just so beautiful!”  I yelled back. That sounded like a supremely lame answer even to me DESPITE the deliberate use of my happy voice,  but it was 24 degrees outside and the parking lot was covered with ice and I was wearing a useless sweatshirt and if I walked over to explain myself, I could have maybe frozen in place. The friendly man was either 1) disgusted that I was refusing to share my vision because there was probably something up there and I was just being a jerk or 2) he was afraid that I’d escaped from my minders.

Either way, he wasn’t going to get involved and mess up his Saturday. He turned around and headed back to his pickup.

I worked my way all the way to the back of the co-op before my minder caught up with me. I’m sorry I didn’t get the whole last side and completely missed the elevators, but at that point I believe my core temperature had already dropped into the danger zone and I was grateful to be rescued, particularly by someone driving a car with heated seats.

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The star of Saturday evening’s dinner gathering. Cornbread stuffing in the center, a glimpse of tenderloin on the right.

Comments
  1. Karen Taylor says:

    Loved it. Great lines and angles. The roast looked delicious.

  2. Magnificent architectural photos. You’ve successfully captured something essential.

  3. jlheuer says:

    I’m going to have Erik join my blog. He could be a guest foodie.

  4. Naturally, I’m loving these photos. They’re as consistently impressive as all your work. I was also impressed that you have a 10-year-old who knows how to make a crown roast. So, I had to double-check your About page, and now I’m impressed by your many life experiences. You have such a youthful spirit, that you had me completely fooled! Please tell me your son isn’t 23, though, because then I’d have to get crackin’ teaching my oldest son a thing or two in the kitchen.

  5. Barbara says:

    I’m intrigued by the shadow of a stencil on one of the buildings–a secret Minnesotan symbol? Gla

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