Friday, January 15, 2010

Floating in the twilight winter haze like a mirage on the formerly marshy isthmus

Floating in the Winter Haze like a Mirage on the Formerly Marshy Isthmus
A reminder that the Madison isthmus was originally a marsh with a hill in the middle of it. (Years ago, I had an old landlord who remembered being a child when the current State Capitol was being built and playing among the granite slabs that were stored on a marshy site at Bassett and Dayton streets.) Most of of marshland has long since been drained. We now call what remains wetlands, mostly a fringe along some of Madison's lakeshore, and consider them a precious, fragile resource. (Photographed looking across a frozen Lake Mendota from the UW campus near Picnic Point.) View Large On Black

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