Posts Tagged ‘Madison Wisconsin’

As the cold weather began to settle into the Madison area, the temperature of Lake Mendota, the largest of the Chain of Lakes in Madison, was significantly warmer than the surrounding air resulting in some foggy mornings. Here are some photos from those foggy mornings.

Here is a photo of Maple Bluff (about 3/4 mile [1.2 km] across the lake from where I took this photo and about 120 feet [36.5 meters] above the lake at this point) shrouded in the fog.

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Here is a photo of part of the City of Madison shore (foreground) with fog on the lake.

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Here are two views of the Tenney Park breakwater in the early morning with the fog in the background.

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I have had this blog for less than one year and recently I posted my 365th post so I decided to memorialize the occasion. has been pretty difficult for me. I suffer from a chronic disease that makes it hard to concentrate and to stay focused and I am often in pain and quite tired (thus the “fog”). When I started this blog I had no idea how much energy it would take and what a challenge it was going to be (thus the “war”).

I started this photo blog in part because the writing that used to come so easily to me now comes slowly and messily like the last bits of toothpaste squeezed out of the tube. Until relatively recently, I was able to work at least part-time in the career I had long pursued (I was an attorney working with intellectual property and technology law). That work is no longer available to me because it requires more energy, a better memory, and greater nimbleness of mind than I currently possess. I tell my friends that I am not dumber, but I am slower.

During the early days of my illness, boredom was a constant companion. Then, a few years ago, my wife bought me a new camera. While I had always enjoyed photography, suddenly I had a lot of time available in which to pursue it. So off I went on a photo binge. Many of my photos are taken of things very close to home – typically in our yard or neighborhood; indeed I have a category in my blog for “Photos Taken within 100 Meters of Our Home.” Many others are taken on the way to visit or at my in-laws. (My wife has a great family!)

As the years went by and the shutter clicked, hundreds and then thousands of images filled up space on my hard drive(s) and I began to think about sharing my photos. I am and always will be an amateur photographer. I do not have the energy nor do I have the desire to sell any of my work (although I do donate my work to non-profit auctions and the like).  Eventually I decided to try blogging and started start

Keeping up with this blog has been difficult for me. What has made this easier is that many of you who have visited this blog have been extraordinarily generous with your thoughts about my photos. I am not too proud to admit that when someone says a photo of mine is “stunning” or “wonderful” or “amazing” it makes me feel good. That isn’t the sole reason for the blog, but it sure doesn’t hurt! More important for someone who had spent all too much time just sitting at home is that my blog brought me into a community of people from around the world whose blogging about their lives and travels has made boredom impossible and made frustration, fatigue and pain more bearable. While it is still so very much more difficult to write than it used to be, I have all of the time I want to do it and so it is okay.

This post contains some of my favorite photos from my first 365 posts. When I was looking through the posts to put together this collection, my biggest thought was how thankful I am that I have had this opportunity. Mostly I thank all of the people who have visited my blog. I also want to give a shout out to WordPress because I really doubt I would have had a “Post 366” had I not been blogging with WordPress, which has made setting it up my blog and keeping it going so much easier for me than would otherwise have been the case.

I hope you enjoy this collection.

Labor Day Afternoon - 286 - September 05, 2011-2-Edit

It is a rainy, foggy and generally rather miserable day here in Maple Bluff.  I am continuing my photo mining expedition and thought I’d share this photo that I took around Labor Day (early September in the U.S.) in 2011 and then forgot about. It seemed appropriate for the holidays.

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Well it is has finally come. Two days ago we had our first measurable snowfall of the year. Given that it was the first snowfall, I thought it would be nice to make its acquaintance on a more intimate basis. Thus the photo you see above.  Despite the fact that it is now very cold, the snow is gone. It was welcome while it was here, but since there have been years when the first snow  did not melt until spring I was not sad to see it leave.

Home as Castle2

First, this has nothing at all to do with the Castle Doctrine or anything at all political. Just enjoy the photo.

I think this is one of the more attractive homes on Lake Mendota. It is located in the Village of Maple Bluff, where I reside (not inside of this home or anything near its size, however). If a person’s home can be seen to be the person’s castle then a castle must this be. It is rather large, but nowhere near as large as the gargantuan facilities (I don’t know how anything over 20,000 square feet can really be called a home – but call me if you want to give me a tour, I am willing to learn:) now not uncommon in certain parts of the U.S. and elsewhere. In my humble opinion, such large facilities may be castles whether or not they are homes. I’m sure they have extravagant security features – not to mention indoor plumbing and hot water (which would seal the deal for me) – that would put many a monarch of years’ past and their actual castles to shame. This is not the most imposing “castle” you will see in this week’s challenge and but for the U.S.’s strong “home is your castle” sentiments, it probably wouldn’t really be a castle. I have plenty of photos of “castles” (in the U.S. sense) that are far more humble and most likely more “homey.” They too are every bit as “U.S.-sense castley” as this home, I find this home and castle enjoyable.

Lake Mendota Sunset

The spring here in the Madison, Wisconsin area has been long, cold and wet. But recent springs have been unusually nice so perhaps we were spoiled. This shot of a brilliant orange sky was taken as the sun was just nestling into the trees of Maple Bluff along Lake Mendota in early spring of last year.

Lake Mendota and a Confused Tree

I promise I will get to the tree.
It is May 1st here in Madison and (at least during the times when I have been in the state in the past 6 or so months) it seems to me that there have been only two really nice days since last fall. No matter what the reason is, until this miserable winter and its sloppy cousin spring grabbed ahold of us and just would not let go, we (meaning for sure me and, I think most people around here) had become accustomed to “unseasonable” and well-timed warmth this time of year. It wasn’t that we didn’t have some cold and snow and rain during the fall and winter and spring, it was just that it that it was nicely leavened. Instead of the long, cold deeply snowy winters of my childhood, we now had winters during which intermittent nice weather was the norm. It was getting so good that some people were starting to worry that it would no longer be miserable enough to keep people from discovering what those of us living here already knew – that Wisconsin is a gem. But I digress.
How does this relate to the tree? Well with the weather, a tree that in the past few years most likely would have budded out at least 2-3 weeks ago is now a rather just starting to show its stuff. The tree seems to be looking a little cranky as a result (as are the docks in the photo). With luck, summer will get us back on track, but we shall see.