I have a couple of Kodak Brownie Hawkeye cameras that are in decent shape and I figured I’d load ‘em up and see what happens. This is the Hawkeye Flash model I picked up for 25 cents. I used Kodak Portra 800 film that I respooled for use in the cameras.

The Brownie Hawkeye was my first camera and these remind me of all those pictures I took as a kid.

These photos are from Roll 39 of my 2014 52-Rolls Project.

The Running of the Llamas

I saw a mention in the newspaper that intrigued me. It was the announcement of an annual event in Hammond, Wisconsin. It’s called The Running of the Llamas. I HAD to go!

Hammond is a VERY small town and the event brings in thousands of people. This year was the 18th year the race has been held. We wandered around, checked out a few vendors, ate lunch at one of two pubs, and then chose our spot for watching the races.


Church in Hammond, WI  - photo by Susan Stayer




Church in Hammond, WI  - photo by Susan Stayer

There was a small parade, too.



And then the races began!

These photos are from Roll 37 and Roll 38 of my 2014 52-Rolls Project.


Our First Visitor to Minnesota

I can’t get my parents to come and visit us. In all the 20-something years we’ve been married, and in all the interesting places we’ve lived, my parents have only visited once. My Mom stayed in the house a few times to watch the cats while we traveled, but both my parents have only visited once together.

But recently we DID have a visitor — my friend Janet from Rhode Island! We did a bunch of touristy stuff and had a blast. Here are a few highlights:

Well, it’s my parents’ loss. Look how much fun we have!

Flags for the Fourth and a Surprise Find

For the 33rd roll of the year, waaaay back in July, I loaded a Holga with Kodak Portra 400 and set off through the neighborhood to see if I could find some flags or other patriotic symbols. I didn’t find very many flags, but I did come across a boulder marking the last known remains of the Kaposia Indians. It’s in a small grassy area in the middle of a neighborhood.


Kaposia actually refers to the seasonal settlement within the current limits of South St. Paul, Minnesota. The settlement was founded in 1750 by a group of Dakota on the Mississippi River. According to Wikipedia,

In the early 1800s, over 400 Dakota would use Kaposia as their place of residence, living there over the warm summer months. In 1837, the village was moved to the western side of the river, and then moved again due to the Treaty of Mendota, which gave white settlers the right to settle in the region.

When the photos came back from the lab, I felt a strange disconnect between the flags that are displayed to celebrate American Independence Day and the stone noting the obliteration of the native people.

All 11 photos from this roll are in the Roll 33 album on Flickr.