Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waterways of Olbrich

I love the peace and tranquility of waterways. These two images are from the Sunken and Rose Gardens at the Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison. Located on the east side, it's a beautiful spot with free admission.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Museum of Glass

Although the exhibits at the Madison Contemporary Art Museum are off-limits to photography, its signature 3-story glass window façade provided some photo opportunities. The stairs of this glass section lead visitors to the free museum's two main galleries as well as a restaurant. It also provides a great view of State Street. 
I especially enjoyed the "Turn, Turn, Turn" exhibition featuring art related to the poetry of the Old Testament Ecclesiastes 3, such as those by Thomas Hart Benton and Kathe Kollwitz. A smaller gallery housed the exhibition "Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexico" which included several pieces by greats of Mexican art such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and José Clemente Orozco.

Friday, July 25, 2014

State Street, Madison

 On a rather hot (90°F - 32·C) summer day in Madison, I decided to visit the Contemporary Art Museum. The bus, which I conveniently picked up right in front of my condo, took me directly in front of the museum on State Street. With the exception of buses and service vehicles such as police cars, State Street is a popular pedestrian street. Small shops, pubs, and restaurants line both sides of the street. During the warmer weather, it's a great place to sit outside to dine out and watch the street performers and passers-by. Aptly named, the street is one of several spoke-like streets leading up to the capital (pictured in the upper right corner of the top photo).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By the Yahara

Wildflowers and weeds grow along the banks of the Yahara River, which crosses Madison and connects to both the Monona and Mendota lakes.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rural WI Walk

Walking along the hilly rural Wisconsin countryside is an enjoyable summer thing to do. Right now, the wild dill is quite abundant, along with some Queen Anne's Lace.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Delicate Red and Green

Summer in northern Wisconsin reveals a beautiful, delicate contrast of green ferns and red impatiens flowers.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sculptures above the Observation Deck

Taking some narrow spiral steps up to the observation deck, one has a great panoramic view at 92 feet of the Madison city as well as the sculptures above. Sculpted by Karl Bitter, these Greek-inspired pieces symbolize faith, prosperity, abundance, and strength. Years ago, visitors were able to go up all the way to the lantern, but safety concerns put that to a halt. Still, it is a great view.