Oh, happy days in Grand Forks! We've had a long, tough winter. Actually, we've had a long, tough spring, and fall wasn't so great either. But it actually hit 81 degrees yesterday and the denizens of River City were totally blissed out! Downtown Grand Forks had an Art Fest, and because this was not an Art Fest in a blizzard, people turned out in droves.
See this crowd crossing the bridge between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks? It's a crowd! (Around here, more than 3 or 4 people constitutes a crowd.) 22,000 people turned out for the Art Fest. Keep in mind, that the population of Grand Forks is only about 55,000.
There were giant puppet people roaming through the crowds. Grand Forks is such a funny place. I had my 70-300 mm lens with me, and because it's sizable, I think it tends to draw more attention to it than my smaller lenses. But over and over again, I'd notice that I'd stop to take a photo, would be fiddling with my settings, and would look up and see a whole line of people patiently waiting for me, not wanting to block my shot. It was kind of un-nerving! I found myself wanting to rush, not wanting to hold up 15 or so in either direction waiting to pass in front of me! Yep. Grand Forks warmth.
PS. About those birds. I will post a photo of the gold finches in a day or two, but would the nasty birds that keep flying over my laundry line, causing me to re-wash a load of sheets TWICE in one day, kindly refrain?