Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sunlight does some amazing things this time of year

Sunlight Does Amazing Things This Time of Year
Or any time of year, for that matter. In optics, the pattern of rays and bright lines in the shadow of the glass is called a caustic. The word comes from the Greek word for "burnt," and derives from the observation, as far back as the Greeks, that sunlight focused to a point by glass or other curved, transparent surface can burn.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

What a difference four days makes

What a Difference Four Days Makes
Lake Wingra four days ago. Now warm breezes and then rain followed by a lot of sun have had their way with it. The snow is all gone and the ice has started breaking up. Right now, it's looking like an early spring.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

What little snow we've had this winter has been more picturesque than devastating

What Little Snow We've Had This Winter Has Been More Picturesque Than Devastating
Looking back at last Friday's modest little snow, now that the rain is washing it all away. This was in Wingra Park. It's all gone now.

As the ice recedes it reveals hidden depths

Hidden Depths
Ho-Nee-Um Pond, University of Wisconsin Arboretum, Madison: Ho-Nee-Um Pond is in that narrow strip of Arboretum that runs between the very busy thoroughfare, Monroe Street, and Lake Wingra. This was was photographed just a few feet away from Arbor Drive, off of Monroe Street.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Man riding the escalator in a winter wonderland

Man on an Escalator in a Winter Wonderland
For all it red balls and circles and bullseyes, the Hilldale Target store is a rather undistinguished big box on University Ave. next to the Hilldale Shopping Center. But the glass wall on its east facade does offer some striking perspectives -- especially when it's snowing.