Red Bull Crashed Ice 2017

The Red Bull Crashed Ice event visited Saint Paul, Minnesota last week.  This was its sixth year in Minnesota’s state capitol. The event provided lots of opportunities for spectacular images from around St. Paul. I love making new images; from the initial shot planning through the completed image. If you enjoy these, please share them on social media and leave me a note in the comments!

Here are a few of my favorite images from the weekend:

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Opening of the 2017 Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Once again, the Crashed Ice event selected the Cathedral of Saint Paul as the starting point. With searchlights, spotlights, and fireworks, the Cathedral was awash in colors.

Saint Paul, Minnesota skyline at dusk

Saint Paul, Minnesota skyline at dusk from Mounds Park.

A long distance view of the Cathedral’s dome and the First National Bank building amidst the downtown buildings. The recently rebuilt ‘1st’ sign shows prominently on the skyline with its new lighting. The sign is colored blue for the winter carnival.

Saint Paul, Minnesota skyline at dusk

Saint Paul, Minnesota skyline at dusk from Mounds Park with searchlights from the Red Bull Crashed Ice event.

The Saint Paul skyline and Mississippi River viewed from Mounds Park. The searchlights from the Red Bull Crashed Ice event really add a unique sky to the image. Also, the calm water provided a nice reflection of the city lights.

Landmark Center

Landmark Center in Downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota at night with lighting for the 2017 Winter Carnival.

Finally, the Landmark Center clock tower illuminated with snowflakes. While not part of the Red Bull event, The Winter Carnival coincides with the event providing a week long celebration of winter in Minnesota!

These and many more vibrant images are available as Minnesota stock photography and art decor prints for your home or office. I bet that skyline image would look great on your wall! You can view all of our images and purchase prints at

5 Great Minneapolis Skyline Photography Locations

We’re fortunate that Minneapolis, Minnesota has a photogenic skyline and lots of great locations to view the Minneapolis skyline from. So, lets explore five of them!

Minneapolis Skyline Locations

Stone Arch Bridge

Minneapolis Skyline with Stone Arch Bridge

Minneapolis skyline and Stone Arch Bridge at dusk with Mississippi River. Arguably a favorite!

This is the classic shot of the Minneapolis skyline with the Stone Arch Bridge. Search around for a good location near the water when the river is calm to get a nice reflection of the city, or shoot from on the bridge. Each location offers a unique view of Minnesota’s largest city.

Below the Interstate 35W bridge

Minneapolis Skyline

Minneapolis in purple mourning the passing of the musical artist Prince.

Next, after visiting the Stone Arch Bridge, make sure to take a short side trip to shoot the skyline from below the Interstate 35W Bridge.  Turn east onto 6th Ave SE from the cul-de-sac at the north end of the Stone Arch Bridge. The narrow road right next to the power plant will take you down to the river and a fun view of the city. On special occasions, the bridge will be lit with different colors.

Ridgeway Parkway Park

Minneapolis, Minnesota skyline at dusk from north.

Minneapolis, Minnesota skyline at dusk from north.

On the northern side of town, head over to Ridgeway Parkway Park. Located just north of 35W between Stinson Blvd and Industrial Blvd, the park offers a great vantage point to take in the city at sunset. A convenient parking lot offers plenty of parking. In addition, Ridgeway Parkway Park is a fun place to watch fireworks.

Marshall Terrace along the Mississippi River

Lowery Avenue bridge with blue lighting and Minneapolis skyline at night.

Lowry Avenue Bridge with blue lighting over the Mississippi River and Minneapolis skyline at night.

The Lowry Avenue Bridge is a beautiful new bridge in Minneapolis with colorful lights on its arched structure. As a result, the bridge makes a great framing element to the Minneapolis skyline from the shore of the Mississippi River. As with all locations near water, pay attention to water level and current. No need to take chances.

The Shore of Lake Calhoun

Minneapolis skyline reflected in Lake Calhoun

Minneapolis skyline stock photography

Finally, Lake Calhoun. The lake has a number of great vantage points to view the Minneapolis skyline. It is the biggest lake in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and part of the city’s Chain of Lakes. In fact, the lake is surrounded by city park land and circled by bike and walking trails, making it an easy location to explore photographically. So find a calm day for a nice skyline reflection or wait until a storm rolls through for some drama.

In conclusion, this is just a handful of the great places in Minneapolis to view the skyline. Best of all, you don’t even need to be a photographer to enjoy these locations. As a matter of fact, they are all great for a walk or a picnic with with friends and family. You can always buy a beautiful print of your favorite skyline instead!

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Minneapolis & St. Paul Moon Travel Guide

Moon Travel Guide Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Moon Travel Guide Minneapolis and St. Paul

New Moon Travel Guide

Joe Mamer Photography’s image of the Marjorie McNeely conservatory at Como Park has been chosen for the cover of the new Minneapolis & St. Paul Moon travel guide from Avalon Travel. I highly recommend this book! Even if your a local, you’ll find lots of interesting things to do and see in the Twin Cities. So, act like a tourist and enjoy the great cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota with the new Moon travel guide!

Healing Art at Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital in Minnesota has been a strong supporter of the arts for many years and understands the importance of healing art. I recently wrote about the benefits of art in healing. I was pleased to learn recently, a third print of mine has been added to Children’s growing collection of art. The Simulation Center selected my image Sunrise over the Gibbon River. Yellowstone National Park is the setting for the peaceful morning view along the gently flowing Gibbon River.

Sunrise over the Gibbon River

Sunrise over the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park.

The collection features artists from all genera of art. Best of all, you can browse their collection online and, if so moved, sponsor a beautiful work of art!

Joe Mamer Photography – Featured on

I’m happy to say that Joe Mamer Photography is the featured photographer on today!

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Make sure to stop by their site and enjoy the great images from all of the photographers!

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Joe Mamer Photography Image Selected

Joe Mamer Photography’s image of the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota was selected for a local business interior. We hope the employees and patrons will enjoy the image! Thanks You!

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Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota at sunset.

The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota at sunset. A stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience.


Skyline Images of the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities Skyline has been changing rapidly over the past couple years; with the biggest change being the new Vikings Stadium. We’re working hard to keep our cityscapes  up to date with every new building so you can provide the best possible images to your clients! We’ve recently added or updated 12 views of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. These are big, crisp files that can be printed to five feet wide and larger to make a giant impression in any home or office.

You can see all of the new images on our Skylines, Cities, and Buildings page at JoeMamer.comor on Fine Art America.

Minneapolis skyline

Minneapolis skyline from the Stone Arch Bridge as a rain storm breaks at sunset.