Sunday, January 27, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Country back road, some roads still gravel. Pines, Corn Fields, Soybeans,
Like one long rollercoaster.
A lot of deer in the area, Public hunting grounds, farm land, developments also. From the bluffs, a number of homes look out over Lake Wisconsin.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The Monona Terrace, on the edge of Lake Monona. Designed by Frank Loyd Wright.
The terrace actually extends out into the lake quite a ways. They drove a large number of pylons into the bay to support the structure.
Here is a broader view of the Madison Shoreline of lake Monona. The capital lies between two lakes, this is the Isthmus. A lot of student housing, government buildings, churches on the Isthmus.
This woman is walking her dog along the lake. Actually, she is skiing and walking dog. I think it would be hard to do both at the same time. The dog looks to be a Lab, Pam and Beth, my sisters, have two. A good dog around kids.
A birch tree on one of our properties.
Electric Utility Plant, high stacks scrub the exhaust from boxcars of coal being burned. MG&E is very prompt with service if something goes wrong. I, as Property Manager, have called them a number of times. Always good service.
Machinery Row. These old buildings along shore of Lake Monona, were rescued and renovated. Here is one shop selling high-end bikes. Bike path goes right by here.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
You can also work indoors! Here is a painting of a Cockatiel I did.
Will be 10 below Zero tomorrow. Construction seldom halts, however. A building skeleton is put up and the building is then wrapped in plastic skin. Work continues within at a busy pace.
This is closeup of above. The crew is unloading plywood 4x8 sheets. Notice how they have to dress to work in the weather.
Empty coal cars, heading north. Power companies generate electricity with coal. Quite a bit used. Prior to the Sixties, lot of boilers were coal-fired for heating. Now, natural gas and LP are used. You will find a lot of LP tanks out in country. A lot of the Madison taxicabs run on LP.
Big Rig missed the turn, plowed over median strip. Misjudged how slippery the streets were. He had someone shovel him out.
This car missed a curve also, you can track his slide. When you see some of these accidents, you know conditions are bad and better drive carefully. New snow covers glare icy areas.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
This farm off one of the winding roads, near Black Earth. Its in the 30s, couple inches of snow yesterday. This small town has Wisconsin's largest shoe and boot store.
areas where glaciers went through.
All names of different small towns in the area.
Church in Ashton, small town. Has modern gas station tho. What a grand old church, found in such a tiny community!
Farm backed up against some hills, cluster of buildings. Place looks in pretty good shape, some newer buildings also. Cows get milked morn and eve, 365 days a year. Hard to get away for even a day. But you would be suprised how these farmers help each other out.
This is how they bale hay alot. These bales are
actually huge, 4 ft in height. Often farmers will wrap this in plastic for the winter. You can see the land if not very flat here. Dairy farms in the area. Farmers will do crops, like this hay, for their cattle. Sometimes they will turn cattle out into a corn field that has been harvested. The cattle will pick up any loose corn.
Pam's House, my truck parked out front.
Her house is next door to Beth's! So they are neighbors.
Pam and I are watching the Packers play
Seattle, In the playoffs and it really snowed in Green Bay today.
The yard behind Pam's house, There is a pretty big yard back here and they keep it mowed.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Ice fishing on a bay in Lake Mendota, you can see the open water of the lake.
Its a Cool, Friday Afternoon.
Train from time past. This was passenger travel,
Below is a link to a story of early settler to Wisconsin.
Deforest Tower, this tower is not tall at all.
More height is more water pressure. However, if you are already on a hill...then you dont need as tall a tower. So the theory is: find the highest spot in town and build a tower. Towers save money. How? You do not need as big a pump, to keep up with peak demand. Which is Before and After work. The pump works all night long filling the resevoir.
Brother Dave, at his place. We got back from town.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
40 years ago, my mother sketched this
bridge. Creek out of Wingra Lake. My
Grandfather, Clarence Joyner, used to fish
here. We had the same birthday.
Penninsula at Wingra Beach. To the right is
the swimming area. People used to use
beaches a lot in summer. They still do some, but now bacteria counts are checked and beaches closed occasionally. Bummer.