Monday, April 12, 2010

The brooding presence of Devil's Lake

Devil's Lake
Formed by the glaciers 15,000 years ago, when they filled in both ends of a great river valley, Devil's Lake has always occupied a unique place in the Baraboo hills, its still waters surrounded by brooding 500-foot quartzite bluffs. The Indians called it Spirit Lake, and that seems a more accurate description than the modern name. It's situated in Wisconsi's busiest State Park, and it tends to get overrun in the midsummer tourist season. But catch it in the off-season, and its brooding presence comes through. It does seem to be presided over by spirits. Black and white seems the best way to capture it photographically on days like this.

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