Cellpic Sunday – 3 June 2018

Fargo, North Dakota.

The boys of summer started their home game season in Fargo on Memorial Day weekend. There had been a few exhibition games and their first two series were away games at Cleburne and Grand Prairie, Texas. Friday marked the first day of a six-day homestand with the Lincoln SaltDogs followed by the Sioux Falls Canaries. Lynn and I are big fans of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.  We buy their 13-game flex packs since my schedule is so variable. Those passes allow us to pick and choose our games. We could use all 13 passes at one game, or use them one at a time. If we burn through the 13 games early enough in the season, we spring for another pass. At $100 for 13 games, that’s $7.69 a game for a reserved seat. That’s only a bit more expensive than a 24-ounce beer at the game. When we see the RedHawks at Newman Outdoor Field, we know that it’s summer in North Dakota.

About the photo: Early in the game against the Salt Dogs (in red), Keury De La Cruz sprints toward second base.  This was one of three stolen bases and two runs scored in the 5th inning. The lefty outfielder from the Dominican Republic is beginning his second season with the RedHawks on a high note with four hits in the 5-3 home opener win. The image was captured with my Samsung S7 at 1/300 sec, f/1.7, ISO-50. The rule for Cellpic Sunday is simple. The image must be captured on a mobile device.

John Steiner


Fort Ransom State Park – Homesteading Heritage

Fort Ransom, North Dakota.

Last summer, I featured here a journey along one of the nation’s Scenic Byways, the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway. Though the series of posts ran for a few Travel Tuesdays, I left out a few scenic points. Today’s Travel Tuesday picks up three of these byway stops along the Sheyenne River south of Valley City North Dakota. Fort Ransom was a military outpost active between 1867 and 1872. The short-lived fort protected a trail used by homesteaders and railroad builders in the area between Bismarck and Fargo.  Continue reading

Cruise Nights

West Fargo, North Dakota.

Last week I shared photos from my latest annual visit to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auto Auction. You don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to view great classic cars. Automobile enthusiasts know that there are local car clubs all over the country and they like nothing better to do than show off their prize collector cars. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Tour Guide


Fargo, North Dakota.

This week, Krista Stevens asks us to share what we love about where we live. In her challenge post, she shares images of her home city of Winnipeg, Canada. She comments about not having many tourists come to her city. You can read her entire challenge post here. My wife, Lynn, and I live only about four hours south of Krista’s home town. Like Winnipeg, Fargo isn’t a tourist mecca, though there are plenty of interesting things to see and do in the city where I worked for over three decades. When I retired we had the chance to move, but elected to stay living in the community that we’ve called home since 1978. OK, so we got a bit tired of the cold and now spend our winters in the great Southwest, but we always return to our home each spring. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Beloved

First off, please accept this note of apology for my tardiness. My Photo Challenge post is late this week as I have been away on a family cruise. I purposely bought the most minimal Internet package and had no access to web browsing or email until I returned last weekend. Even though I had my photo gallery with me, I took a break from the daily grind of Internet access, except for social posts on my personal Facebook page. Now, on to my challenge response.

This week, Jen H. asks us to share a photo of something that is dearly loved. She shared an image of an old teddy bear, now a family heirloom. You can read the entire challenge post here. I have always enjoyed the architectural beauty of our nation’s churches but only lately have included some of these beloved houses of worship in my photographic itinerary. In the opening photo, the dual spires of the parish at the Richardton Abbey in North Dakota is my focus. Continue reading

Fargo Air Museum – Where the Exhibits Take Flight

Fargo, North Dakota.

The Fargo Air Museum is a bit different from most of the air museums I’ve had a chance to visit. Unlike most museums, many of the airplanes on display here might find themselves in the air occasionally. Most of the aircraft are flyable. It might be a fully restored P-51 Mustang or a late model Cessna. Of course, not every aircraft on display is flyable. Some that were flyable had their “wings clipped” (made unflyable) by their previous owner and the donation made to the museum on the condition that the aircraft be used for display purposes only.  Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 7 January 2018

Horace, North Dakota.

On Christmas Day, we were visiting with family and friends at their home in Horace. As sunset approached, I saw that the sun was casting a golden glow on the snow. It was about 8 below zero F. (-22 C.) at 4 PM, about the time when this photo was captured. Though cold, at least the wind was light. The bonus was that I didn’t have to go outside to capture the image. Their view of the sunset from the living room is as good as it gets. Continue reading