Friday, May 16, 2008

Hawk saving face high above Owen Conservation Park in Madison

Hawk Savinf Face High Above Owen Conservation Park
Sometimes hawks are a lot like cats. They have their predator's image to maintain and will affect a sublime nonchalance when they miss a kill. Predators fail more often than not, and saving face is an essential skill: "Who, me? I was just passing by." Just seconds before I took this photo, the hawk had set its sights on a crow in flight, closing rapidly with lethal intent, but the crow -- no dummy itself -- swerved away at the last instant and made for a nearby thick tangle of branches that did not seem to appeal to the hawk. The hawk acted as if it had not even seen the crow. It started wheeling in the air, riding the thermals above the hilly park, as if it had nothing better to do than trace lazy, imperious spirals across the sky all day long.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Castle Mania

Castle Mania
That was the name of this obstacle course attraction for kids -- part of the ecarnival that was parked out by Toys R Us in back of West Towne Mall Saturday. I wandered over to take some photos while my car was getting its tires rotated. It was a chilly, gloomy day, but you wouldn't know it from the way kids were scrambling around and enjoying the rides.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day at Trader Joe's in Madison

Mother's Day at Trader Joe's
The entire westside of Madison seemed to be in Trader Joe's Sunday morning. Whole families of overscheduled westsiders, caught by surprise by the holiday, seemed to flock to the store with Mom in tow for a one-stop shopping experience -- flowers, food and beverages for Mom, lured by the nice selection of flowers at a good price.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day
Here's some sunshine for the day, since the weather apparently isn't going to cooperate. Photo taken at Madison's Olbrich Botanical Gardens on a sunnier day.