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Pyare Square Building – Madison, WI

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Pyare Square Building - Madison, WI

Photos just before its demolition in the summer of 2016
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Written by Joe

June 20th, 2016 at 11:01 am

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Lunar Eclipse and Supermoon – September 27, 2015

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October 19th, 2015 at 1:34 pm

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Cherokee Marsh – Madison, WI

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October 6th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

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Blackhawk Ski Trails – Madison, WI

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August 6th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

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Earth from 30,000 feet

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Bizarre Land Formations

These are photos of the ground from a Minneapolis-to-San Francisco flight. Why does our country look like another planet from up there? What ARE these things?
Fossil of a giant boa constictor

Written by Joe

July 17th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

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October 30, 2012 and October 30, 2013

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First six photos: October 30, 2012   |   Last six photos: October 30, 2013
 

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October 30th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

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It’s cicada time!

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It was enjoyable hearing the famed cicadas in the Provence region of France this summer and now they have awakened in Madison, Wisconsin as well. It’s a rare occasion to find a cicada – intact – without damage from birds or insects, but I managed to find one this year. Usually, the only way you can tell the cicadas are around is from the continuous buzzing sound they make or the occasional molt they leave behind, so it was cool to finally see the whole, amazing insect up close.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Joe

August 23rd, 2013 at 9:40 pm

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Madison, WI in Time Lapse

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This is the coolest visual of Madison I’ve seen so far:

Filmed and edited by Matt Hicks

 

Written by Joe

July 30th, 2013 at 11:46 am

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Picturesque Trestle Ruins

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Unlike Europe and Asia, the United States allowed it’s vast, once dominant, train infrastructure to decay into obscurity.  Driving along Highway 75, in northern Illinois–a route pioneered by train tracks–I caught this sublime and hidden scene out of the corner of my eye.  Here is a momentary glimpse into the merciful, yet unrelenting way nature reclaims what once took such an enormous effort, by man, to build.  Thanks to my mom for having to awkwardly pull the car over on such a treacherous part of the highway.

Trestle Ruins

Written by Joe

April 21st, 2011 at 2:04 pm

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Field Trip to the Shedd Aquarium

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One very good indication that I have chosen the correct grad school is that we’ve already been on a field trip.   Today, our Fossils class went to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL.  This is an extraordinary place.  I felt like a child again, wandering from tank to tank, staring in awe at the wondrous fishes, reptiles and sea creatures.

Nature generates some of the oddest adaptations–like this sea horse below, that has been modified through time to blend in with the underwater plants in its habitat.

Sea Horse at the Shedd Aquarium

Sea Horse at the Shedd Aquarium

This is a sea horse!

Believe it or not, this is a sea horse!

When you see these creatures–so delicate and so intricate, you wonder how they survive and flourish in the rough oceans.

I am captivated by jellyfish. They’re so alien and so serene. By the time I had photographed them once, they had already changed their colors (see below).

Jellyfish at the Shedd Aquarium

Jellyfish at the Shedd Aquarium

Jellyfish at the Shedd Aquarium

Jellyfish at the Shedd Aquarium

They truly are amazing organisms.

This little guy, below, was such a poser that I felt like I had to photograph him, lest I make him “crabby.”

Crab at the Shedd Aquarium

Crab at the Shedd Aquarium

The underwater colors and landscapes rival anything on land.  This mysterious world seems to challenge everything we thought we knew about Earth.  Take this sea anemone below–is it a plant?  Is it an animal?  Is it both?  Is it neither?  Such is the allure of places like the Shedd Aquarium–a fantastic attraction that gives us land-dwelling hominids a rare glimpse into the hidden corners of the world.

Anemone at the Shedd Aquarium

Anemone at the Shedd Aquarium

Written by Joe

April 18th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

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