Off the beaten path of a delivery driver

“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

This photograph was taken last January in Shakopee, MN on a chilly winter evening. I pulled over while on a delivery route to watch the sun set over this frozen marsh between Chaska and Shakopee.
This photograph was taken last January in Shakopee, MN on a chilly winter evening. I pulled over while on a delivery route to watch the sun set over this frozen marsh between Chaska and Shakopee.

One of the beauties of being a delivery driver that covers a wide portion of Minnesota was the scenery. Getting routes that went through the middle of nowhere or off the beaten path was always a highlight. Though this route went through the populated areas of Chaska and Shakopee it also went through some uninhabited rural roads. Finding these quiet, peaceful places is something I miss from that job. Though many nights were stressful or frustrating a drive like this made all of that seem to fade as I could watch the sun slowly setting behind the trees while I took my break with my camera. It was always quite a perk to be able to poll over anywhere whenever you wanted and take a 15 or 30 minute break and often led to some beautiful images of places that everybody just speeds on past.

The Feed Store and Ansel Adams

I have been reading through the Ansel Adams three book photo series the past month. To begin with these books are wonderful and any person interested in further developing the photography skills should give them a read. Secondly reading photography books always has the same result; it makes you want to go out and shoot. I was currently in the middle of the second book, The Negative, when I decided to go chase a sunset one evening. I took a few okay photographs of the sunset, but it just wasn’t a colorful night. I then began the walk back to my car and saw the moon behind the local food store and couldn’t resist stopping to give it a try. After moving in closer to the feed store I noticed the beautiful wood grain on the ceiling of the building and loved the colors it produced in this image. It felt wonderful to get out and put some of the reading to use in new surroundings.

Moonlight Feed Store