Thursday, August 29, 2019

Snow Peaks Dragonfly

I thought these hydrangeas looked like mountain peaks iced with snow. That flying critter is either tiny or far away but probably too small to be a dragonfly (although it made a fun title).

Monday, August 26, 2019

Say Cheese! Corn

Cheese Corn, mmmmm. I've got all sorts of stuff going on due to an increased walking and exercise program.

The good news is that I'm still on my two pound a week weight loss track despite the criminal amounts of sweet corn I've eaten this summer, so that small drop in a very fat bucket is getting bigger.  

The bad news, I'll be spending a substantial amount of time in a Frankenstein walking boot with possible surgery as a result of all this healthy activity. 

And until I'm confident I can carry around a camera with a ridiculously expensive lens without falling over I'm passing off these week old photos from the Corn Festival as new.  Shouldn't have said that.

Must. Eat. Corn.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Being Cool At The Union... a song on an lp by the same name from 1980, a decade in which I spent a nonsensical amount of time trying to do just that. It features at least two well known locals (we lost Clyde Stubblefield in 2017).

The Little Rat Boy Being Cool At The Union this week got me thinking about the song

Oh, are we having brats for lunch?

I found very little about it online but I'm guessing one of the DJs at our coolest radio station has a copy.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Say Cheese! Last Gasps of Summer

I'm more of an autumn or spring person but it is sad to see summer's last hurrah.

The Tree Farm had grape tomatoes to die for as well as all of this last Thursday

Calculating if he's "This Tall" before another crushing blow

Yesterday at the Sun Prairie Corn Fest (who doesn't love a ginger)

A Hammock Boat made from instructions on the Internet

Maureen (her brother John built the boat) and Camilla (from Norge)

A color shot of the Matz Farmstead not included in the last post

My cousin Jackie in a classic, "Don't you dare take my picture" shot

Friday, August 16, 2019

Matz Farmstead Ruins

This property is a nice bit of local history. Homesteaded by a German immigrant named Matz in 1852, this farmhouse was built with stone locally sourced after the owner, Friedrich Matz, returned from the Civil War.
Here's a photo of the farmhouse from 1907.

Matz spent time at Camp Randall—go Badgers—before going off to war as a private in the 11th infantry.

The house burned down in 1949 and I haven't seen much more information about the ruins than what's on the Historical Marker Database.
It's part of the Dane County Halfway Prairie Wildlife Area and although often photographed, I thought this building would look good in black and white.
There are more remains out of shot to the left shown in this post from last fall.  

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Say Cheese! Mosquitos

Cloudy weather plus humidity make me a walking human pest strip.

A beautiful place but what I remember most are the mosquitos.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Dog and Butterfly

A week of dogs and butterflies.

Must you, always, with the camera?

Dog Visit!

And then she flew away into the garden

Wednesday, August 7, 2019


This was a throw away snapshot of my mother in front of a diner in the Dells taken with my pocket camera (I could buy 13-and-a-half of them with what I paid for my new lens). It got some good feedback on a Facebook group called Wandering Through Wisconsin, so here you go, happy Thursday.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Say Goat Cheese!

It won't turn me into Diane Arbus, but the lens I rented finessed these mediocre snapshots into photos so...

Give us a kiss

Got into the funny weeds growing out back

Circulating on Facebook, origin unknown
...I bought the lens.

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It's been a tough week so I'll leave you with a few more phone pics. This rope smells like you and you belong to me therefore ...