Dan Wirth has has been sitting at the base of the falls lately, doing a handstand about every 5 minutes or so on a summer afternoon. I chatted with him, and asked him why he did it. He said he liked the falls and he loves to do handstands. He's moved back to Minneapolis. He grew up around here. He was happy to have me take a photo of him and to draw a quick sketch. I like the way his legs match up with the falls. This drawing appears in the Star Tribune (Minneapolis).
Frog Pond is at the base of Como Conservatory in St. Paul. Obon, the Japanese festival commemorating ancestors, is celebrated here each year. I joined hundreds of people on the hillside to watch the candlelit paper lanterns float. A family in front of me quietly chatted. The night was still and calm. This is part of a series in the Star Tribune.