April 21, 2017

Lake Mendota, today, early afternoon.



Rich B said...

Does Lake Mendota have some mystical appeal to you?

Unknown said...

A day of dappled, sea borne clouds.

Ann Althouse said...

I love all the walks that begin at home and feel extremely fortunate to be able to walk in any direction from my front door and have an excellent walk. There are 3 lakes within walking distance, and Wingra is also really important to me, but my favorite walk is from home down to the Memorial Union Terrace, along Lake Mendota. A second walk that I love is Picnic Point, which is a peninsula in Lake Mendota. And our closest state park is Governor Nelson State Park, which is around to the northern shore of Mendota. So I hang out with Lake Mendota!

But we also walk to Wingra on many days and it's where we paddle board in the summer and do most of our ice skating in the winter.

We live surrounded by these lakes, and if you wonder why we live in Madison, when we are free to live anywhere we want now, that's a big part of the answer.

traditionalguy said...


Laslo Spatula said...

Lakes make a good dumping ground for things you'd like to get rid of and not have people find.

The woods used to be good for that, too, but now there's always seems to be a hiker stumbling across SOMETHING.

I am Laslo.

tcrosse said...

Fair lakes, serene and full of light,
Fair town, arrayed in robes of white,
How visionary ye appear!
All like a floating landscape seems
In cloud-land or the land of dreams,
Bathed in a golden atmosphere!

n said...

Just weeks away from my youngest of 5 kids graduating college, the photo and Ann's comments stir a memory of touring UW-Madison in the summer of 2005 with my first-born. Fair August weather and the best bratwurst ever from a cart on the Memorial Union Terrace weren't enough to lure my son. But what a day it was!

Etienne said...

99 years ago, a young man's dance with death ended.

Manfred von Richthofen was killed at age 25 in combat, and thus began his dance with the graves.

The mans carcass was dug up over and over. Finally, after the Soviets captured the capital in a later war, was he dug up and laid next to his family.

One can only think of how great he would have been, had the Germans captured France, Belgium, and England, and made them pay for their insolence to the superior German Empire.

tim in vermont said...

A German judge has acquitted a Turkish man of rape, despite the fact that he forced a woman to have sex with him, and left her incapacitated. The judge argued that in “the mentality of the Turkish cultural circle,” what the woman “had experienced as rape” might be considered merely “wild sex.” The judge refused to convict the rapist, because “no intention is demonstrable.”

Hah! He used the same defense that Comey used to let Hillary skate. "Mens Rea"! This is probably the same reason that Bill Clinton's many sexual assaults never bothered Democrats. "He can't help it! He was born with a silver dick in her mouth!"