Humor, Nature, photography, The Americas

Odd: Four Wheels on the Ice

You might say it’s even, considering the four wheels. Vehicles on lakes are a common sight in January and February in Wisconsin, but this was the first I’d seen this year. It was a classic, “I’m driving, Eagle please take the photo!” They took 11, this is my favorite. I think I’d rather skate or […]

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Nature, photography

Where the Wild Mushrooms Grow

Eagle led me into the woods yesterday after school. Read to the end to see the poem our hike inspired. A forest grows between the golf course and the bike path following reclaimed railroad tracks half mile (1K) from the school. Oak trees, standing and fallen. Those that were horizontal were covered with half moon […]

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Nature, photography

5 Ways Nature Wends Her Winter Wiles

Winter is about cross country skiing and using face masks as scarves. This time of year is also about keeping the mosquitoes at bay half the year. February is a time of frozen precipitation that takes many surprising forms. My first picture is of graupel, a word I had not heard until today. It most […]

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Nature, photography

I-Cycle You-Cycle We-Cycle

Nature is a recycler, first and foremost; she would not want this wonderful water to go to waste. The icicles melt in the sun and become nourishment for spring flowers in the garden beds below. Fake Flamenco may look icy this time of year, but we’re really warm at heart. ¡Olé! –Rebecca Check out Debbie […]

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Nature, photography

50 Neighbors Light the Night

The results of one person’s email to the neighborhood are in – a magical, homegrown ice lantern evening! People took Bundt pans, buckets, Tupperware, perhaps even trash cans, filled them with water and a second heavy object inside in order to create an open space in the center and put them outside to freeze. At […]

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Nature, photography

New Lake Monona Ice Fishing Village

The daytime fishing village was beginning to close as I drove home near sunset. When I’d dashed off on my errand there had been three times as many fishing tents on the ice. Next time I’ll catch it at full occupancy! How can I call myself a Midwestern woman when I’ve only fished through ice […]

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