Posts in category "Wisconsin"

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 27

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 27
It’s Valentine’s Day on Lake Michigan with a glowing full moon suspended overhead. Three or four boats out beyond the breakwater surprise me. They’re sitting still, so I imagine they are there because of Valentine’s Day. A quick search online indicates there are quite a few Valentine’s Day “cruises”. “Nothing is more magnificent, romantic, vibrant”,... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 11

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 11
When I first set out to do a pilgrimage to Lake Michigan every lunch hour I didn’t know what to expect. In fact I think it’s safe to say I had no expectations aside from just doing it. Now after two weeks it’s taking on a different dimension. For one thing I’m falling in love... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 10

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 10
My Lake Michigan pilgrimage was more internal today. Internal as in inside. As in inside the house. The kitchen to be specific. A small plumbing disaster created our own little lake on the floor of my parents’ kitchen. Okay, it was a puddle. Together with a messy bunch of flooded under-the-kitchen-cabinet type stuff. But it... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 9

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 9
Today I didn’t go to Lake Michigan on my pilgrimage because I am landlocked. I am in central Wisconsin, more-or-less midway between the two great bodies of water that border my home state: Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. Being resourceful though, I went down to photograph the lake in my hometown. Out there were... Read more »

The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda

The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda
Nelson Mandela may not have set foot in the Wisconsin Capitol building, but his spirit has infused its grand rotunda nonetheless. President Obama’s tribute to Mandela reminded me of the South Africa divestiture teach-ins I attended in the capitol rotunda in Madison in the early 1980′s. Obama’s first political act was a protest against apartheid.... Read more »

My JFK Connection in One Family Photograph

My JFK Connection in One Family Photograph
I can tell you where I was on the day JFK was shot, and how I heard the news. And I can tell you what the following weeks felt like to a six-year-old girl in Northern Wisconsin during a dull November when all the adults around her were sad and a bit terrified. But I... Read more »
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Homemade Help on Halloween - and raisins

Homemade Help on Halloween - and raisins
I was about 7 when I ‘went’ as the cowardly lion in a homemade Halloween costume. And the part that matters is that my mom helped me make my tail. I grew up in the country on an old farm with a yard that was pure mud for the first years my parents owned it.... Read more »

Hawk v Dove: Nature Red in Tooth and Claw

Hawk v Dove: Nature Red in Tooth and Claw
Have you ever seen a hawk attack a dove? I mean literally. Seems impossible, right? Even metaphoric. Yet, one day, over my morning coffee, this is what I saw. I was sipping said coffee when I noticed a flurry of activity on the roof of a garage across the alley. Stepping closer to the window... Read more »

Resolutions and Best of the Year lists: Twelve Best Places of 2012

Door County’s as good a place as any to start an adventure by land and by sea.
Joining the spate of year-end round-ups; I thought I’d offer my list of 12 favorite and fantastic places I had the joy of being in at some point during this passing year. Below are images I made at each one along the way. Some of these places I’ve written about and some I plan —... Read more »
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Welcome the Return of Light at an Ancient Wisconsin Effigy Mound Solstice Observance

New Year’s day; I love it. All the holiday parties are done, all the expectations met in one way or another. This is a day I can do whatever I want. Half the population is staying in with a headache or a football game, (or both); the streets and byways are quiet. With any luck there’s been some snowfall…. It’s a wondrously quiet day. Just me and my resolutions.
Every solstice and equinox, an observance ceremony is held on a small Native American Effigy Mound known as Frank’s Hill in southwestern Wisconsin. The site is on the National Register of Historic Places, and considered sacred by many. The hill – part of the Shadewald Group – is owned by a local farmer named Frank... Read more »