Urban Forest Fest – Saturday July 26

I’ll be there with other people who work with, carve, cut, and know about wood.  Wood is Good!

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Bridge in Context

We observed that nature and humanity are very much in a partnership along the parkway.  It is hard to say which predominates.  If we quit mowing and trimming, Nature would predominate along the Yahara River parkway.  Yet the very existence of a river instead of a wetland shows human engineering and care.  The river as we see it between the lakes came about from dredging and a locks placed in 1905.

The scene I chose to paint illustrates this.

Parfrey’s Glen – again

We are very fond of Parfrey’s Glen, which is close to Devils Lake in Wisconsin.  Years ago we took the kids along a very developed trail.  Six years ago a flood came through and demolished most of the trail up the riverbed.  Now it is a bit of a challenge but a more natural environment.  Here are a few pictures from this past Wednesday morning.

Week 4 – the effects of light

It was an interesting day to consider this question. The Sun was out and the temperature was perfect.

Week 4“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.  God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness.   God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness he called ‘night’.”  Genesis 1:3

What does the light reveal and what does it conceal?  How does the constant change in light effect  mood, colors and contrast?

Not Just Nature

On an urban orientation to Chicago, our guide said this:

“Everything you see in the city was put there on purpose.”

It is less obvious but just as fruitful to think of what you can learn from the urban environment.  What we make as those made in the image of the creator says a lot about us.  Flowers in plastic buckets along side buildings that mirror the sky.  Art from functional things we don’t usualy notice and a functional table turned into a piece of art.  Stairs of glass that climb the skyline.