Above: While my friend Tom was taking panoramic views from the DNR Fire Tower, I snapped this view over to the Grandstand.
Today marks 11 months of daily (and then some) posting. I don't have a contest for you. I have a terrible cold. My brain is having trouble coping with routine matters—organizing a contest is beyond its capabilities at this moment. But I do have a visual gift for all of you!
On Friday, September 4, I met up with my friend Tom at the Fair. He is a photographer and for the last several months has enjoyed making panoramic photos using his Gigapan. (You may remember that he made Gigapan views of my studio.)
He has posted three Gigapans from Friday (there may be more coming, but I was present for these). The first is from the DNR Fire Tower which is 65 feet tall (it just clears the treetops and is 35 feet shorter than regular fire towers). The next is from the west side of the Grandstand. The third is from the east side of the Grandstand. (Can you find the T-Rex in this last photo? No prize, just the satisfaction of knowing you have sharp eyes!)
Go and explore these amazing photographs. You can zoom in to see incredible details such as the faces of people on the SkyRide! But also, you'll get a feel for the Fair Grounds. You see, I think some of you don't understand that the Minnesota State Fairgrounds isn't just a bunch of tents and barns. It's a fabulous collection of buildings (with a rich history) and tree-lined streets. And every year for 12 days ending on Labor Day it is a magical place of fun.
So while you may not be able to have Salt Water Taffy, thanks to Tom you can savor some eye candy.