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Top Places to Shoot in Minnesota

August 22nd, 2012 4:24 am

If you love landscapes as a subject to your photography, here are some places that you may want to pay a visit on your next trip to Minnesota.

The Jay Cooke State Park or Lake Superior State Parks This nature park is situated approximately 10 miles in the southwestern part of Duluth. You can try your luck by trying to capture photos of the following animal species: 46 mammal species (including black bears, Timberwolves and coyotes) 173 bird species 16 reptile species that are non – poisonous

Moreover, if rock formations are your thing, then you might enjoy the slate and greywacke bedrock of the St. Louis River that is adorned with several shale protrusions.

Super Hiking Trail (SHT) Do you enjoy mountain climbing as much as you love photography? If you do, then the SHT is for you. If you are up to it, you can enjoy the 244 – mile trail alongside the Lake Superior. While enjoying the hike, you can take snapshots of the lake and some breath taking sights of the trail itself.

Voyageurs National Park The name came from the initial French – Canadian tourists who frequent this place via canoes. This national park boasts of 30 or so lakes that are adorned with approximately 1000 islands. Boating, canoeing and fishing are among the activities you can enjoy. Of course, on the way, you can take snapshots of the islands as a souvenir of your trip.

Minnehaha (Laughing) Falls This unassuming waterfall can be found in the southeastern part of Minneapolis. However, the Minnehaha Falls is not the only attraction that is “photo” worthy. Tourists and locals alike, have found themselves posing beside the statues of Hiawatha and Minnehaha. Both of which are famous because of Longfellow’s “Song of Hiawatha”.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory If you are looking for a haven in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city, the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory can be your best bet. The park is not only a sanctuary to big cats, other mammals and birds but in its midst, you can also find a Japanese garden where you can take photographs of manicured Zen garden and bonsais. If you are looking for color in your photographs and the flowers and orchids are not enough, you can visit the Enchanted Garden filled with all sorts of butterflies.

Minnesota Real Estate

July 10th, 2012 6:32 am

The state of Minnesota is known for its wide, open spaces, beautiful scenery and pleasant quality of life. The state is not very highly industrialized and has substantially less pollution. Minnesota’s low priced properties make it ideal for investors and buyers find it relatively easy to locate properties with appreciation potential.

Overall, the real estate prices in Minnesota have appreciated at par or better than the national average, in the last twelve years. If you are considering investing in Minnesota real estate, keep reading this article

Minnesota’s climate can be classified as humid. The average temperature during the month of January can go down to a chilling 0 degrees Fahrenheit near the Canadian border, and 14 degrees Fahrenheit in the south part of the state.

The lowest recorded temperatures have been below 0 degrees Fahrenheit during that time of the year. The average temperature in July is about 74 degrees Fahrenheit, with the rare heat wave leading to temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Minnesota University at the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) is one of the biggest university campuses in the country. The State College system, which has 35 universities, also offers postsecondary education.

Other institutions of higher learning include Bethel College, Hamline University, Macalester College, Saint John’s University, College of Saint Catherine, Gustavus Adolphus College, Carleton College and Saint Olaf College.

Minnesota has a population in excess of five million. Over 6 percent of the population of the state is foreign born, compared to over 11 percent for the whole country. Most of the population is focused in the metropolitan area of the Twin Cities.

The predominant race is white, constituting 88 percent of the population. The rest are black (about 3.5 percent), Hispanic (about 3 percent), Asian, Native American and others.