Photographer Patty Reigstad told us she carries her camera with her all the time, and whether she is walking a snowy trail (See Gallery) or just hanging out at her sister's house, her practiced eye picks up every opportunity for detail, composition, challenge, beauty - life. Sure it's a machine, but some machines are alive. Our handsome little airplane cover subject, for one. This "Wow" of a Harley-Davidson en close-up for another. Polished to perfection, slick as a wolf whistle, and gleaming in the Saturday morning sunlight, her brother-in-law's bike was a photo op with flash and pop and an invitation to hop on, hit the ignition, and drink it in for a few hours of wherever the road will take you. Our point of departure is simply this: A brand new summer is on its way, and it will arrive with open arms. What's next is up to you. Pick a place and start. Vrroooom.
* Patty Reigstad is a 35 year veteran dental assistant in Willmar, Minnesota.