I have a bad feeling this sort of winter scene is just around the corner in Minneapolis… I passed by “Tucker’s Treehouse” in St Louis Park for years and always thought “I’ve got to shoot that some day!” This arboreal fortress would have been nirvana when I was 10. Seriously, how motivated would your parents or a baby sitter need to be to climb up 7 stories into a tree? Hanging out with friends. check. Hiding out where no one would bother me when I was up to no good. check. Throwing water balloons at innocent pedestrians below. check. First beer. Ah, the mischief. I’m sure this treehouse has plenty of good stories in it.
I kept thinking that I’d contact the owner and ask permission to do some elaborate shoot (I thought it’d be fun to light it with a bunch of strobes). Finally, one day, I just got out out of my car when I was driving by and took a quick snap shot. Then just like that, after being here nearly 30 years, part of it came crashing down a few weeks later in the midst of an April Fool’s Day storm. Looking back at this photo, you can see it coming (the tilted platform on the left is the one that came down). I’m glad I finally got around to taking this picture this past winter before Mother Nature took a swing at it. I vow never to wait so long again to shoot something that piques my interest!