Cellpic Sunday – 13 August 2017

West Fargo, North Dakota.

Each summer, Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) hosts a week-long convention of their membership. Of interest to the general public, they offer nightly competitions for judging, vendor’s demonstrations and other displays. The conference is held in a different city each year and over the years, it’s been held in West Fargo at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds on eight separate occasions. The 2017 convention was held in West Fargo. Continue reading


Cellpic Sunday – 11 June 2017

Fargo, North Dakota.

Last evening, on a beautiful Saturday, Lynn and I went downtown to walk around the newly revitalized city center. Fargo has done a fabulous job in re-imagining our downtown and a walk down Broadway is all you need to see the results of their work. At one point, some years ago, much of downtown Broadway was an outdoor walking mall with only non-motorized traffic allowed. That’s all gone now, and the street is full to the brim pretty much every evening with diagonally parked cars. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Heritage

Fargo, North Dakota.

This week, Ben Huberman asks us to “share a photo that channels a living tradition, whether it’s your own or someone else’s.” In that post, he shared an image of a Reconciliation Pole. The pole, a 55-foot (16 m) long totem that commemorates a sad time in North American history while at the same time honoring the Native American heritage. You can read the entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Merry Christmas on this Cellpic Sunday!


Fargo, North Dakota.

On this special Sunday, I want to wish you all a joyous holiday season and a happy and prosperous new year!

About the photo: This image was captured with a Samsung S6 cellphone. It is simply a photo of one of the ornaments on our Christmas tree. The rule for Cellpic Sunday is simple, the image must be captured and edited on a mobile device.

In honor of the holiday season, for those who celebrate Christmas, I leave you with the following treat.

Nat King Cole’s holiday anthem
And so I’m offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it’s been said many times
Many ways, Merry Christmas to you

John Steiner


German Folk Festival – Heritage Celebrations at a Park Near You

german_festival-1Fargo, North Dakota.

Ours is a country of immigrant descendents and celebrations of our grandparent’s national heritage are held every year throughout the United States. In the upper midwest, Norwegian and Germanic people are common and annual celebrations such as Norsk Hostfest and the German Folk Festival attract a wide variety of people interested in the culture and heritage of their ancestors. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 18 December 2016


Fargo, North Dakota.

After a short month in Arizona, we are back in Fargo for the holidays. It’s quite a shock to go from highs in the 60s and 70s (F) to highs barely above zero (F). I was up early this morning to head to the gym and I noticed a fresh layer of snow on the ground. Lately North Dakota has been hit with some pretty big snowfalls, but the heaviest snows have bypassed our city. Continue reading

Control Flying – The Original Fly-By-Wire

controlflying-1Fargo, North Dakota.

Every so often, I discover a collection of photos that I meant to share and somehow they got left off the production schedule. I won’t bore you with the mundane details of how I track images for sharing, but I will say that this post features photos from over a year ago that were sitting unprocessed on my hard drive just waiting to be tweaked and shared. Continue reading