February 10, 2009

Along Lake Mendota in the February Thaw.

From the top of Observatory:

Mendota Thaws

The garden:

The Centennial Garden

ADDED: The same 2 views, from last September. (Thanks, chickenlittle.)

11 comments:

chickenlittle said...

nearly identical view during late summer:
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JohnAnnArbor said...

Is there an observatory on Observatory? Do you have a shot of it?

JohnAnnArbor said...

Clear skies. Could be a good observing night.

But this is the Midwest. So there's no telling.

traditionalguy said...

A beautiful picture indeed. Does this hint of a coming thaw in our frozen credit markets? Spring in Georgia is awakening the deal makers and shakers, but the banks are still being told by FDIC to hold onto all of their cash that the TARP funds provides to them until their loan loss reserves reach historic highs. The net effect is to "save Banks" while also shutting down the economic activity which takes the profit out of being a bank. This is the perfect set-up for a coming Super Bank to merge all American Banks into a regional Branch of the new World Bank to be created by the G-8 Nations, China and India. Save your American paper money boys, the United States may rise again someday.

Jason (the commenter) said...

Clear skies. Could be a good observing night.

You can't see the stars so well when the moon is almost full. But don't worry, it's waning (just like Obama) and soon we'll be able to see them perfectly again.

MadisonMan said...

Washburn Observatory is on Observatory drive. It's being renovated at the moment.

Gov. Washburn's first name was Cadwallader. You don't see names like that anymore.

JohnAnnArbor said...

Gov. Washburn's first name was Cadwallader. You don't see names like that anymore.

Lots of 19th century names were over-the-top like that.

Jason's right about the full moon, of course.

ricpic said...

Mild and domestic, the lake and the green: distance makes clean.

Jason (the commenter) said...

the red bridge
over no water flows;
a frozen lake
of melted snows;
gravel paths
for no reason;
a dead garden
the winter season

Psychedelic George said...

Speaking of observatories, check out children's book illustrator Chris Van Allsburg's sculpture of a saucer interacting with an observatory. (It's #7.)

Flying saucer topples Washington Monument at 2:06.

Way cool.

Lem said...

I just checking in..