Friday, April 18, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Along the Boardwalk

Another 'Flashback Friday' photo from last year about this same time, when Nik and I were taking a late spring hike along the Simmons Woods boardwalk. This year the marsh and trees are no where near as green as this picture shows them to be... but at least the sky is blue and the sun is shining!

See more SkyWatch Friday photos here.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Walking: Faster than Flying?

Early this morning--in between rain showers--I heard a few Sandhill Cranes announcing their arrival to the cornfield behind our treeline. Their return to the area reminded me of a photo I took a few years ago while visiting Orlando, Florida for a work conference.  This lone trooper was wandering the parking lot, apparently looking for his car!

Friday, April 11, 2014

April's Theme: Triangles

I'm a little late to the game for this month's theme topic for City Daily Photo, which is "triangles."

This photo was taken during our visit to Salt Lake City back in 2010. The Mormon/Latter Day Saints (LDS) Conference Center, located to the north of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, was completed in April of 2000. The auditorium in the Conference Center seats 21,000. The building is constructed of granite from the same quarry which provided the granite for the Temple. A semi-annual world general conference is held at the headquarters of the LDS Church at Temple Square and includes music by the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the auditorium.

The builders decided that the roof should not be wasted space, and so designed a rooftop garden with pathways that meander throughout trees, native flowers, and other plantings. A guided tour of the center offers an elevator ride to the roof where you'll have a great view of the city and the mountains beyond.  The pyramid shapes are actually atrium windows channeling natural light into the building below.

Conveniently, this post also fits in with Skywatch Friday - and you can see more posts here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter's on its way...

...although I don't believe Peter Cottontail will have these eggs in his basket!

This basket filled with emu eggs was on display at the Waukesha Farmer's Market last summer.  If you look closely, you can see a small hole on top of each where the insides were blown out. One of these would make a mighty big omelet!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Caribou Coffee

Our local Caribou Coffee shop is going away sometime this spring.  Many of us are sad because, as a national chain based out of the Minneapolis area, it gave the international giant, Starbuck's, a run for the money and offered some much needed variety. However, Caribou will remain in most of their other strong markets, and word on the street is that the shop will be replaced by Peet's Coffee, another national/west coast chain.  It would be nice if Pewaukee could gain one of the the popular Milwaukee-based shops, such as Anodyne or Collectivo.  Time will tell.

It's interesting to note that Collectivo used to be called Alterra, but sold the name and brand to the Mars Corp. a few years back, with the promise that the Milwaukee market base would not be infringed upon. Again, time will tell.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Thaw

Southeast Wisconsin is finally experiencing a bit of spring thaw - even though temps are still mostly in the 30s. This photo shows our street the other day when Nik and I were taking our morning walk amongst the remaining patches of snow. The weatherman predicts we may reach 50 degrees on Sunday (& we maybe even see some sunshine.) Woo-hoo!

Friday, March 28, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Flight

A Southwest Airliner landing at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport.

See more SkyWatch Friday photos here.
(Note: According to SkyWatch Friday, it's "National Joe Day," and coincidentally my middle name is "Jo" - spelled a bit differently, but I think it works!)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Verde Canyon Railroad

During our recent trip to Arizona, we finally took the Verde Canyon Railroad trip.  It features a 4-hour trip: 2 hours into the canyon and 2 hours back, with no shortage of beautiful, rugged scenery. The image above shows the front of the train winding along the Verde River Valley.  The photo below shows the train entering a tunnel along the way.
You can learn more about the railway and the area here.

Friday, March 21, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Arizona Rainstorm

We just returned from a week in Arizona and had a wonderful time.  The weather was lovely: mostly sunny and warm, with daytime temps in the high 70s and low 80s.  However, this photo shows the red rocks of Sedona with a rainstorm swirling in the background.  Thankfully, those stormy clouds never quite made it over to where we were hiking.

It was quite a shock to return back to the damp chill of Wisconsin's "spring" - but it makes us appreciate the opportunity to travel all the more.

See more SkyWatch Friday photos here.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Here Comes the Sun

The bare branches were coated in sparkling frost this morning, but thanks to bright sunshine and a clear blue sky, all that had melted by the afternoon when the temperature nearly hit 50 degrees! Hope does indeed 'spring' eternal.
Of course, we still have a half-foot of snow covering the ground, but 'this too shall pass.'