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@tom.alvarez  Photographer | Software Engineer | Social Impact Entrepreneur | Creator of @minnesotaexposure | Prints available on my site

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6 days ago

“Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.” ― Emily Dickinson I took some time off between jobs and decided a trip to the North Shore was in order to do a proper reset of the mind. I originally planned on going Thursday, but the weather forecast was less than ideal for photography. In the process, my daughter (10) insisted she come with me. Once Thursday passed, she kept on me to go, saying we needed to spend the night so I could get some sunrise shots - and she could get a continental breakfast at one of the hotels. I hemmed and hawed finally deciding we'd go Saturday morning and come home that night. Little did I know, she still planned for an overnight. The photo in my head I was yearning to get was the island north of Grand Marais, formerly known as the Tombolo (which it is not) in the evening. Once we made our way to the island an hour before sunset, we went out to scout the location. Two-thirds of the way to the beach, we sank to our calves in creek runoff that pooled below the foot-deep snow crust. Surprised, and equally shocked, at our current state, we ran back to the car and got out of our wet shoes and socks. Deciding that was a no-go, we went up to Hollow Rock Resort. At Hollow Rock, clouds blew in and dampened any real chance at a decent sunset photograph. By this time, I had also already made reservations in Silver Bay - giving in to persistent persuasion. We drove back to the hotel and set an alarm for 6:00. As per usual, the alarm rang far earlier than I expected. I stayed in the warm bed making excuses not to move. Twenty minutes later, I came to my senses and got up. We ran out the door of the hotel, cameras and gear in hand. The we had a short time before sun rose, and we also had a short distance to drive. We were greeted with a magical scene at Black Beach in Silver Bay. The wind and water were still, and the sun was just short of creeping to the tip of the horizon. When all was said and done, she looked at me with a grin and said, "I'm hungry!" I thanked her for her persistence and acknowledged her infinite wisdom as she dined on her AmericInn branded waffle.

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7 days ago

“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.” ― George R.R. Martin One of the best pieces of advice I was given, early in photography, was to always look behind me when photographing. I have a few images that are better than my original vision thanks to this advice. This is one of them. I hope you take the time to look behind you when you are out performing your craft. You might be pleasantly surprised. #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #moodygrams #mnartist #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #moodyinminnesota #nature #naturephotography #natureporn #landscape #sunset #sunrise #clouds #cloudporn #sky #ice #water

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8 days ago

“Every sunset is an opportunity to reset.” ― Richie Norton Taking a couple of days between my old and new jobs, I went up to the North Shore of Minnesota. When my selected location was blocked by standing water, I went to Hollow Rock Resort near Grand Portage. The sunset was less than stellar, but it was nice to get in some shore time. #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #moodygrams #mnartist #bestofmn #minnesota365 #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #moodyinminnesota #nature #naturephotography #natureporn #landscape #sunset #sunrise #clouds #cloudporn #sky

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11 days ago

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ― Pablo Neruda With the latest change in the weather, it's hard to deny that Spring is on the way. As a hearty Minnesotan, I'm very aware that the transition is likely going to be a fight, but the result is inevitable. #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #nature #naturephotography #natureporn #landscape #moodygrams #mnartist #bestofmn #minnesota365 #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #moodyinminnesota #clouds #cloudporn #sky

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12 days ago

“Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” ― Roy T. Bennett When I was thinking about the beginning of the spring migration, I wasn't thinking I'd see this. This hot air balloon was part of the Hudson Hot Air Affair at the beginning of February. This shot was taken as it floated over the St. Croix River. #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #moodygrams #mnartist #bestofmn #minnesota365 #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #moodyinminnesota #sunset #sunrise #clouds #cloudporn #sky #balloon #hotairballoon #sky #rubberducky

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13 days ago

As the snow finally gives in to the warmer temperatures, it makes me thing of this frothing, spraying, waterfall. If Pigeon Falls left ice in its wake, we’d really be in trouble. Hopefully, we can get through the melting season with everyone safe and property intact. It’s going to be a season of flooding. #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #nature #naturephotography #natureporn #landscape #water #creek #waterfall #waterfalls #river #moodygrams #mnartist #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #moodyinminnesota at Pigeon Falls

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14 days ago

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go! On a brisk night in Minneapolis, my son (@k2kdog) chooses a new perspective on the Stone Arch Bridge. I opted, instead, to take a few paces back and frame up a new shot. I appreciate the time we get to spend together, and it makes me wish that I spent as much time with my parents at his age. #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #moodygrams #mnartist #bestofmn #minnesota365 #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #moodyinminnesota #architecture #architecturephotography #architectureporn #architecturelovers #nature #naturephotography #natureporn #landscape

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18 days ago

“What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.” ― Charles Baudelaire A return to Saint Paul was necessary this evening as the First Bank "1" is glowing blue rather than the usual red. With more snow on the way, it's time to get shots while it's good. I thoroughly enjoy the the glow of the "new" Lafayette bridge. #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #moodygrams #mnartist #bestofmn #visitsaintpaul #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #moodyinminnesota #architecture #architectures #architecturephotography #architectureporn #architecturelovers #nature #naturephotography #natureporn #landscape

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20 days ago

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou I think the quote perfectly explains why I love photography. #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #sunset #sunrise #clouds #cloudporn #sky #architecture #architectures #architecturephotography #architectureporn #architecturelovers #moodygrams #mnartist #bestofmn #minnesota365 #minnesota #thisismyminnesota

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25 days ago

“Behold this day. It is yours to make.” ― Black Elk A day of even more snow should be met by a day of waterfalls and red rocks. The Pipestone National Monument, in which you'll find Winnewissa Falls, is one of my favorite places to visit. A shot from the archives. #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #moodygrams #mnartist #bestofmn #minnesota365 #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #moodyinminnesota #nature #naturephotography #natureporn #landscape #water #creek #waterfall #waterfalls #river

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26 days ago

“You never know what's around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain.” ― Tom Hiddleston Many times I forget that paths don't typically follow a straight line, and that nature is not a linear force. If you take the time to graph the acceleration of gravity, it's a curve. I've been on this change kick for a bit, now. And I think change is good, but there are always a few unknown details that trigger enough of a pause for some good, old-fashioned, overthinking. This is the year I stop and let go - and maybe get over myself. The notion of "letting go" helped fuel my artistic career last year, and I think I'll have some new opportunities to pursue this year - if I can stop playing Wordscapes long enough. It's really the process that I love. I can't put into words the joy of rounding a corner to see a path like the one pictured. It makes me want to run, and run some more. There's something at the end, if it ends at all. Deep down, I hope it never ends as I prefer life with a silly grin of anticipation pasted on my face. What drives you? #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #moodygrams #mnartist #bestofmn #minnesota365 #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #moodyinminnesota #nature #naturephotography #natureporn #landscape #water #path #waterfall #waterfalls #river

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27 days ago

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” ― Carl Reiner I have to admit, the snow is getting a little old and I find myself dreaming about warmer times. I still find beauty in the first snow, and enjoy a snow-filled Christmas, but if it melted after a couple of days, I wouldn’t complain. This is not to take away from the snow lovers, nor the industries that need snow, it’s just my older age talking. These shots are from one of my favorite spots in the world, Sylvan Lake, in Custer State Park located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I’m looking forward to heading back here in June armed with more time and bigger photography ideas. We’ll be there for 10 days, our longest stint in the park. If you ever make it to this area, do check out the hike just behind the rock formation, the Sunday Gulch Trail. Or, to get to the highest peak between the Rockies and the European Alps, head up to Black Elk Peak. The latter hike is roughly 7 miles with some elevation gain. Dress in layers and bring food and water. It’s usually chilly at the top. Warm weather can come any day now. #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #nature #naturephotography #natureporn #landscape #clouds #cloudporn #sky #blackhills #blackhillsbadlands #southdakota #capturesd #custer #sylvan #lake #reservoir #water at Sylvan Lake Lodge

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28 days ago

“If you entered a tunnel, you can be sure that the tunnel has at least one exit!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan This image is a perfect metaphor for the past couple of months. There's been a lot of changes in our life, all of it good, requiring a large amount of attention and energy, but we're moving quickly toward it. As an optimist, I don't worry about change, but it does require courage to stay on the less comfortable path and head into the tunnel - even though my belief is the other side is better than this one - which I know it is. I think. It'll be all good. I'll stop my philosophizing now. This is the train bridge outside of Marine on St. Croix, north of Stillwater, Minnesota. I do love this area quite a bit. #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #moodygrams #mnartist #bestofmn #minnesota365 #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #moodyinminnesota #nature #naturephotography #natureporn #landscape #tunnel #snow #road #trees #motion

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1 month ago

“Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that's twice as big as it needs to be.” ― George Carlin Minneapolis from the Amber Room of the Guthrie Theater. It's been a while since my last post. In that time I’ve met some wonderful people, been sick, recovered, had a birthday, and spent time with family that doesn’t live in town. It’s been busy. I miss my camera, though, and after this quick break, I’ll be back at it. Until then, I’ll be posting from the archives.

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2 months ago

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” ― Leonardo da Vinci Hot air balloons float in the cool morning air during the Hudson Hot Air Affair. My first job, that lasted more than a single shift, was at Wiederkehr Balloon Academy in Lakeland, Minnesota. Chasing hot air balloons was a blast, though we didn't do it often. What I really got from that experience was that rising before the sun is the best way to start a day, and work could be fun. I maybe chased a dozen balloons that summer, but I'll never forget riding in the chase van, laying on my back, gazing out the window at the balloon floating overhead. It was the best job for a fifteen year-old. My first job, the one that lasted a single shift, was as a dishwasher at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant housed in a double-wide trailer. At fourteen, I learned valuable lesson about manual labor. Looking back at that job, it wasn't bad; it was hard, honest, work. I wasn't ready for that. A good friend, upon hearing I vacated the position, immediately took my spot and excelled. #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #sunset #sunrise #clouds #cloudporn #sky #wisconsin #hotairaffair #hudsonhotairaffair #moodygrams #mnartist #landscape #flight #balloon

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2 months ago

“Believing there is a bridge from where you are to where you want to go is 99% of the battle. The other 1% is to cross it.” ― Richie Norton Hennepin Avenue Bridge, Minneapolis, Minnesota About a year ago, I posted an image of this bridge. I just love the colors and the vanishing point. Like many of you, I like to zig, while others zag. I think the Grain Belt sign is great, but I prefer to use it in other ways. It's how I'm wired. I prefer concepts to facts, one is malleable, the other is fixed. I want to count the support struts and wonder if they were painted green, because they could be copper. Doubtful, but hey, you never know. The only thing that could make this better is a door in the middle pillar on the far side. Where would that door go? My artistic preference is more questions, than answers. What is the image not telling me directly? That's what I get excited about! Anyway! Enough rambling. Have a safe, warm, Thursday. It's -20F here; winter is in full effect. #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #moodygrams #mnartist #bestofmn #minnesota365 #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #moodyinminnesota #architecture #architectures #architecturephotography #architectureporn #architecturelovers #minneapolis #winter #bridge #span

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