29 January 2012






end papers
end papers


nose print
nose print

more feet

Last night, the hubs and I attended a fundraiser to build a new library in downtown Madison. The Central Library had been wiped clean of books and had been turned into a three-story art gallery! Apparently, it was the event of the year, because when we arrived (fashionable late at 9), there was a line of a hundred or so people lined up to get in. Many of the displays were book themed, but not all. I particularly loved the framed, signed, end papers. There was a DJ in the basement, live music on the third floor, and food and drink lines that were just too long for us to bother standing in. I'm not sure they were expecting this massive a turn out.

Now they can afford that Twilight wing I was hoping for.

I took a whole boatload of shots which you can see here.

To see 800+ MORE photos, (you've got nothing else to do, right?) visit this set by the library, including the work in progress, and the photo booth they set up for the night.

I'd also like to note, that this is my 1,000th post! Seems like a lot considering I have maybe two dozen followers, tops. Looking back, I should've called my blog, little miss popular. ;o)

23 January 2012

the dairy state

the dairy state

Had to drive over to Jefferson County on Saturday. With camera in tow, this 20 mile trip took me an hour and a half. I'm pretty sure a handful of you can relate. ;o)

20 January 2012

gotten pioneer cabin



wood detail



This cabin from the 1850's, sits across the road from Paradise Springs.

It is currently about 5º out and we are getting 6" of fresh snow. There were a dozen cars off the road on my way home today, and one semi that had plowed right into a guardrail. Glad to have made it back in one piece myself. But, now that I'm all warmed up, I should get out there and shovel so my husband can get into the driveway.

The pugs aren't happy about this one bit. Sure looks pretty from behind a window though.

Stay safe and warm, everybody. Happy Friday!

17 January 2012

more from paradise

 tim burton-y plant

birch and clouds

white, red



I'm currently between classes. They all seem to be ending early today since instructors are just going over the syllabus and materials needed, then sending us on our merry way. So, no homework yet means I can sneak in a post...with words.

My classes are at the downtown campus this semester, as oppose to prior ones which were at a larger location, and actually had parking. I have to look into taking the bus downtown to avoid the cost of a ramp all day. Don't need that expense.

Looking forward to the design and art history classes. Sadly, more algebra is also required. Five days a week too! Criminy! The literature class I think I would enjoy more if I were taking it leisurely, but whatchagonnado. Algebra will cut into all the spare time I'd like to be working on the other classes, as I'm a mathematical doofus.

I'll check in on everyone else's blogs when I can, but for the most part I'll probably just be "dumping and running" on my own. Don't feel like you need to comment on every photo. I always appreciate when you do, but the guilt of not having time to comment back starts creeping in about week two...


16 January 2012

paradise springs

you could smell the rust
you can smell the rust from the minerals

open water year round

only about 12' tall

witch head
witch at the bottom of the waterfall

glenn and steve in the building with the spring
gp and steve peeking out from the spring house

I have a ton of crap to get done before I start class tomorrow. But when our pal, Steve, suggested we go on a photowalk Sunday, I wasn't about to turn it down. He and my husband went a few months back and I was too busy to join, so I didn't want to miss out this time (twelve year old, that I am). Since we received a fresh, white canvas of snow to shoot, I suggested we head to the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest about 45 minutes away. We covered maybe 10 acres of the 22,000+, staying within the Paradise Spring Nature Area. A beautiful little spot that once housed a resort with baths and tennis courts, in the early part of the 1900's. Now, nature has taken back over and only the spring house remains, sans roof, and a few stone foundations that you have to go off the beaten path to look for.

It was a gorgeous walk on a beautiful day, with the silly immaturity of two men who've known each other for thirty odd years. I'd say going was a no-brainer, but they might not appreciate the pun. ;o)

More pix to share as I get to them...

12 January 2012

post holiday elephant

post holiday elephant

We're currently getting snow!! About 3" so far! To celebrate it actually looking like Christmas, I plan to spend the evening taking down decorations.

If you're curious about the photo on the wall, you can find details on this old post. :o)

11 January 2012

still no snow here...

breakfast is served

winter ride

blood orange

I love the light in winter streaming in our house. As long as the sun is shining, I don't mind the cold. But that hasn't been a concern either this year. We were in the low 50º's (F) yesterday! And since I needed to make a trip to the post office and "the pig", I decided to do so by bike. Which is just insane. By my standards, anyway. I have a friend in Madison who bikes year round, but our little no-horse town isn't exactly bike-friendly. Basically, your limits are the post office and "the pig".

I'm taking part in a scavenger hunt over at google+, and this last pic is part of some trial and error shots I'm doing. I can't share the one I'm using as we don't reveal our entire set until after judging. But this one is different enough, and I don't have very many google+/blogger cross-followers, so keep this under your hat.


A thank you and shout out to Buttons for so kindly giving me a blogger award! It's meant to be given to undiscovered bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. I really appreciate her acknowledgment but oh-my-gosh, I could never keep up if I had that many people coming here and leaving comments! I love chatting with those who do, and visiting their blogs, but seriously, I don't know how some of you do it with a gazillion followers! It takes me a few hours to make the rounds to the small group of folks I touch base with now! Sometimes, I wonder what I'm doing wrong being so slow. Maybe I need a speed-typing class. I have yet to visit those she recommended along side me! (My god, I suck.)

No pressure, huh?

So, the rules say...

  1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!

Here's the thing. I've just spent two hours trying to figure out how many followers my (few) followers have, and I've come up with three obvious contenders. I met these fine folks through flickr and they tend to spend more time there than at their blogs, so you may want to hunt them down that way, if you'd like a speedy response:

Ellen Jo pumps out one painting after another! Holy crap, she is a machine! Plus, she loves travel, kitsch, and photographing Floyd and Ivan in silly hats.

Jeanna loves sweets more than I do! Is this possible? Yes. If there is such a thing as a candy-nerd, she fits the bill.

Heidi is a photographer, designer, single mom and pug-owner that I met through flickr, who happens to live in the same town as my son! But, I have yet to visit my son where he lives, so in turn, yet to meet Heidi.

I'm sure if I tried, I could find two more people but holy crap, I just killed half my day, and I told my husband I'd come in and do taxes this afternoon.

It's probably best I stop accepting awards for the sake of my own sanity...

09 January 2012

snack time

New Dingo sticks!!

I don't use iMovie enough to actually learn the darn program, so I stop at "eh, good enough". It plays a little bit larger in flickr. (Music credit: Theme from The Green Hornet—Al Hirt)

We had a wonderful and warm weekend! Highs near 50º! We had friends over for dinner on Saturday, as sort of a late Christmas celebration. We agreed to get together monthly over the winter since both men suffer from SAD. Luckily, with the temps and sun we've been having, no head-knocking has been needed yet.

Then on Sunday, we took the neighbor girls to see Arthur Christmas, which was pretty entertaining! No surprise really, as it's the folks who brought us Wallace and Gromit. Lizzy declared it was better then Chipwrecked. We're gonna take her word on that one.

04 January 2012

elvis presley's favorite pound cake

elvis presley's favorite pound cake

Holy crap! This recipe is to die for!

Plus, I now know the secret behind the majority of Elvis's weight gain.

02 January 2012



street view not available

spots of drought

take a left on maple ave

My 11-11-11 captures. Yeah, tell me about it...

I shot a leaf macro one day, and thought it had an interesting likeness to a google maps image, so from there I started picking up interesting leaves on my walks with the dogs. I found that the uglier leaves had better patterns then the pretty, solid color ones.

These are all lensbaby shots as it's the only macro I own, using a light table.

I currently have the Rose Bowl Parade on, although I'm not really watching it, I'm always secretly pleased when a west coaster pronounces Wisconsin correctly. Leno seems to think there's an E in the first syllable. As if there's an "East Consin".

It's the little things.

• • • Linked to Lisa's Macro Monday • • •

01 January 2012

a cupcake photo shoot!





Happy New Year, all!!

Between spending much needed time today sorting through photos and burning dvds, I also christened my new Orbis ring flash that my husband got me for Christmas! Woohoo!! I can't wait to try it out on some people!

Meanwhile, we made a stop yesterday over at Cupcakes-a-gogo who now have their own store front on Madison's west side, (Double woohoo!!) and we managed to get these babies all the way home without eating them, so I could photograph them. Now, that is willpower!

They were devoured quickly after this shoot. One cherry, one cranberry-citrus, both amazing! gaaaaah...

Photo Tip: I hit Target's after Christmas sale and picked up several rolls of non-Christmas-looking wrapping paper for these shots. We have a little makeshift studio in our basement, but you can throw a roll of paper over a curtain rod, or the back of a chair, then pull the paper out to make a "sweep" to set your product one. If you want a white backdrop, a roll of freezer wrap works great too! Put the shiny side in so you don't get a glare from your flash. Happy shooting!

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this blog is my "live" photo album of sorts. occasionally, i'll throw in some art i've done or some work of my husband's as he's an artist as well. we have a nice yard in a quiet neighborhood with two pugs and a cat, all black. which most of my photos will attest too. ;) i'd love to hear from you, but happy for you to just browse. hope you find something to make you smile. b.