February 5, 2013

At the Snow Tree Café...

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... it's so quiet in here.

(Photo taken today at about noon, as we took lunch break out on our favorite golf course ski trail.)

33 comments:

Palladian said...

Mr. E.V. Lambert of Homeleigh, The Burrows, Oswestly, has presented us with a poser. We do not know which bush he is behind, but we can soon find out...

chickelit said...

...using drones?

MadisonMan said...

Palladian, that was excellent. I'm chuckling in my living room and the dog is puzzled.

The daily snow here is a drag now.

Ann Althouse said...

"The daily snow here is a drag now."

We love it!

It was great fun going out in the heavy snow at midday. The tracks for skiing were still there, but filled up halfway with snow.

The sun was lustreless.

Peter Hoh said...

Nothing about Chris Christie on Letterman?

If Clinton is serious about running, I doubt that she could top that bit of self-depricating humor.

Lem said...

Keeping up with the Obamas.

Bob Ellison said...

The dogs and humans around here are snoring gently. No sound from the cat or the other animals. The cardinals have probably gone to nest.

wyo sis said...

Tree diversity.

Curious George said...

That's Odana Hills. Pretty sure we are looking at the Par 5 15th hole running right to left just past the trees.

edutcher said...

Beautiful shot, although it says Christmas to me more than mid-winter.

Ann Althouse said...

The daily snow here is a drag now.

We love it!

It was great fun going out in the heavy snow at midday. The tracks for skiing were still there, but filled up halfway with snow.


Since you had little chance to ski last year, we grant you dispensation from our wrath, but, for the rest of us, that little varmint better be right about Spring.

(although my nose says he is)

edutcher said...

Ann Althouse said...

we took lunch break out on our favorite golf course ski trail.

Do you pack a lunch and eat in the open or eat at a restaurant (cafe) on the way?

kentuckyliz said...

The larch.

That was my first thought.

Many Python-tinted brains around here.

Erika said...

Spring will be here soon. My preschoolers and I discovered a few bluebonnets popping up already today. We will have a carpet of them outside our school in a couple-three weeks.

traditionalguy said...

It's a good thing that Wisconsin is so flat. Otherwise you two would probably be climbing the highest local mountain with oxygen equipment and Sherpa guides shipped in from Tibetan Amazon's catalogue.

Inga said...
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Chip Ahoy said...

What'dya have Eskimo pies? Frozen daqueries. Baked Alaska. Iceberg lettuce.

Inga said...

Wisconsin isn't flat at all! We have the Kettle Moraine, the Coolies, Devils Lake State Park, Penninsula State Park, Vermond Park, plenty of bluffs and rocky outcroppings. Holy Hill and Hogsback Road in Washington County is a blast on the back of a motorcycle, winding treacherous roads on top of steep hills with sheer drop offs on either side. Along the Mississippi near LaCrosse, gorgeous bluffs on the Wisconsin side and Minnesota side.

Inga said...

That should be The Coulees.

traditionalguy said...

Come on Inga...You need more experience with mountains. Take my word for it, Wisconsin's landscape of pretty river bluffs and cute humps of moraines around the edges of Glacier gouged out lakes are not mountains.

American Mountains start about the 3,500 feet level and go up to the 15,000 feet level, or even the 29,000 feet level over in the Himalayas.

The Austrian/Italian/Bavarian Alps region of our ancestors sure had some mountains.

Inga said...

OK, they're not mountains. We have mountain envy. :)

Chip Ahoy said...

Oh. I forgot to mention. I was looking at God pictures to see what computers think humans think, visually, and there are a lot of clouds. Star nebulae. One is called Eye of God so that comes up. 'Hands in clouds' is a popular theme. One thumbnail is a cloud goatse. So I used it. For God to come through. As a bird. Cloud bird.

Carnifex said...

Today, while driving to Elizabethtown(yes, from the movie of the same name), I saw a pair of Bald Eagles. Of itself, unremarkable. I have seen bald eagles before, and very much closer(approx. 10 feet) but these were the first ones I have ever seen near E-town, a place I have driven to or through at least 2 times a week for 50 years.

Very cool.

Gopi said...

WOW what a photo i love snow tree nice image keep up your good work doing Statistical help

Saint Croix said...

This is an interesting 5 minute pro-life movie.

I think it fails, actually, because it shies away from the most infamous abortion photograph, as well others that are horrific and damning.

The photographs in the video are quite tame. In fact I could see how a pro-choice person could look at that video and say, "But those abortions aren't anything like the murder of Emmett Till."

I believe the makers of the video are trying to argue that every abortion is equally bad.

I don't believe that. And I think it's a mistake for pro-lifers to take such an absolutist position. And it's certainly a mistake for a great outfit like Abort73 to ignore the most appalling infanticides.

If Roe v. Wade is 99% right, is it a good opinion? No, because there have been over 50 million abortions since 1973. So if Roe v. Wade is 99% right, then the Supreme Court is responsible for 500,000 infanticides.

It's stupid for pro-lifers to get into a spat about whether the Supreme Court is more like Mao (60 million dead) or Pol Pot (2 million dead). If they are Jack the Ripper, they are bad. If they killed six babies, they should be impeached. The baby with Down's who is murdered in Carhart II is grounds for impeachment.

pm317 said...

Maybe we will find Nina here next winter.. I know you wouldn't go there.

Fprawl said...

I love Kai on Youtube, the hitchhiker who bonked a berzerk driver who plowed into an electric worker.

Whack, Whack, Whack with a hatchet.

The interview was 5:48 , they got 12 seconds without an Fbomb in it.

wyo sis said...

Fprawl
I agree.
That is simultaneously hilarious and tragic.
You have to marvel at a person who would both pick that guy up to give a ride and then plowing into someone while he's in the car. It's either a brilliant plan gone horribly wrong or the culmination of a series of the worst decisions ever.
And what is a surfer dude doing in Fresno?

Hagar said...

On this drone memo thing: They say we should not worry because "a high-level Justice Dept. official" has to sign off on each designated "target." Huh?
We are at war and the Justice Dept. is in charge of our military operations and weapons?
There is something seriously wrong about the reasoning here.

And, anyway, what happened to the previous claim that we should not worry because the President personally decided each strike?

lemondog said...

A winter cartoon with dogs

Hagar said...

Or, we are not at war, and the Justice Dept. is meeting out justice without public trials and using military force to perform executions.

This is kind out of some of our darker fantasy fiction literature.

Ann Althouse said...

"Do you pack a lunch and eat in the open or eat at a restaurant (cafe) on the way?"

I eat while working before taking the break. I use the break to get some exercise and some outdoor ambiance, and I also use the time away from the computer to work through some ideas that I've been reading about. It's very helpful to get separated from the books to process things in new ways. I'm preparing for class, actually. If I worked in billable hours, I'd bill that hour!

Ann Althouse said...

"Come on Inga...You need more experience with mountains. Take my word for it, Wisconsin's landscape of pretty river bluffs and cute humps of moraines around the edges of Glacier gouged out lakes are not mountains."

The Wisconsin landscape is more human-scale. It's good for the soul. Good proportion. It's great to take a road trip out west and feel awed by nature, small in proportion to things, impressed to think of the intrepid humans who crossed these expanses in the early days, and to get a harsh dose of glaring sun and deadly dryness, but it's even better to come home to Wisconsin, where the air has moisture and the light is filtered, and you can ski all over the place without the assistance of lifting machinery and without the Olympian-crushing plummets.

Hagar said...

... without the Olympian-crushing plummets.

But with a surfeit of Fitzgeraldian schmooze.