Blog Circle: How I View…Where I live | Cold Spring, MN Photographer

I am pleased to be part of a group photographers participating in a collaborative photography project. We all recently completed either completely revamping our sites or building them entirely from scratch. It was a long, tough process, and we laughed, cried, screamed, and pulled our hair out together. In then end, we’ve become a great support network for each other. Through this collaborative project we hope to continue to grow creatively with our photography and wish to spread the talents of this strong group of female photographers with the world.

Each month we will be focusing on our interpretation of a different topics that is near and dear to one of us.  For our kickoff post, however, we have opted to show you how we view where we live – so you can get to know a little bit more about us.

I am Heidi Howard and I live in a small town in central Minnesota.  Cold Spring is home to around 5,000 people.  We are located on the Sauk River which forms a chain of 17 lakes, cleverly called the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes.

Our community is home to several well know companies.  Among them are the Cold Spring Bakery, the best donuts ever, Cold Spring Brewery and its subsidiary 3rd Street Brewhouse (Great craft beer), Goldn’ Plump Poultry Company (that’s who I work for), and Cold Spring Granite Company.  If you’ve ever seen the Vietnam Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. statue, other granite memorials around the world, those come from our little company and its quarries around the world.


Our communities favorite pastime is baseball.  In the summer time we have hundreds of kids playing on little league teams.  We even have 3 semi pro amateur teams that play here.  They are the Rockies, the Springers and the Silver Springers.   Yeah, that’s the old timers who can give up the game!


When I think of how our town has made its mark on the world, a few things come to mind.  We have had a school shooting where 2 kids died, we just recently lost a police officer who was killed in the line of duty, our football team went to state and won last year, our school district is very good, we have 3 golf courses, and we love our home town festivals.

I live south of town on 85 acres.  This is my driveway (its 1/4 mile long and really steep at the top and fun to drive in the winter time), my house and my barn (more to come on that in a future blog circle post).  We don’t farm our land, but have it enrolled in a CRP program that reverts it back to native grasses and wild flowers.  I love to walk my fields in the summertime and take in all the beauty that surrounds me with the grasses flowers and trees.  I don’t know that I could ever go back to living in town.

I hope you have enjoyed peaking into my little part of the world.  Please follow the circle to Julie Mak’s blog, where she will take you into her part of the world, New York City!  I know, exciting, right!  See you next month =)

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  • Brennan - i loved learning so much about where you live and your pics are gogeous! even though they are filled with snow-they feel so warm and inviting to me! i want to come over and have coffee with you!ReplyCancel

    • HLHowarD1970 - Well, Brennan, I have a lovely sunroom that faces the south and my lovely back field. I love to sit on the sofa in there, with my coffee of course, and look upon my lovely view. I would welcome you any time!ReplyCancel

  • carol - Beautiful images. I can FEEL the cold! I love snow shots!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth - This is great Heidi! Can’t wait to see more! And I totally want a beer right now.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Wow! Amazing images and a beautiful part of the country. It looks like you will never lack for inspiration 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Brigette - Wow! Can I come live with you for awhile? Really gorgeous pictures! 85 acres would be my husband’s dream. I’m not sure I could handle all the snow though. 😉ReplyCancel

    • HLHowarD1970 - I don’t know if I can handle the snow either, especially since we just got another foot last night! I’m ready for spring!! Thanks for having a look =)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Great blog post! I have some granite from Cold Spring in my home.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Great nob, Heidi – and what a beautiful house/property! Just awesome!ReplyCancel

    • HLHowarD1970 - Thanks, Amy! We would love to have you up for a visit any time!!ReplyCancel

  • Cam - What a beautiful town! I am so intrigued about the donuts you mentioned.yum!ReplyCancel

  • stefanie - how cool to know that some of the granite here in my city (dc) comes from your town! i’m a bit envious of your snow right now (so beautiful) even though i’m ready for spring 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Julie M - Heidi thanks for sharing your town! I feel as if I have such a good sense of it and I can see you have such pride for it! Your house seems so idyllic – and you’re right the complete opposite of mine! Can’t wait to see more of it in the future!ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - I love seeing your world, Heidi! Can’t wait to see what’s ahead in your posts!ReplyCancel

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