August 31, 2006

Not quite fall semester.

What are you going to do on the last day in August, here in Madison, Wisconsin?

Get started on the reading out at the end of a pier, with Lake Mendota lapping up all around you and sailboats bobbing in the distance.

Campus, pre-semester

Work on that garden.

Allen Centennial Garden

Catch up on your sleep.

Campus, pre-semester

Choose a path.

Campus, pre-semester

Turn over a new leaf.

Allen Centennial Garden

Blossom.

Allen Centennial Garden

12 comments:

Brent said...

Meg Ryan, seeing all the French scenery in "French Kiss": "Beautiful".

Same here.

SippicanCottage said...
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bearing said...

Mmmm... chard.

Meade said...

Thanks for another superb photomontage.

Truly said...

All pretty pictures, until the last one....that's a HUGE bug! *shriek* Where's my wasp spray!?

MadisonMan said...

The Allen Centennial Gardens really are beautiful. I like going there when the raspberries are ripe.

Ann Althouse said...

Do they let you pick the raspberries?

About that wasp: yes, it is very big. If you look closely or click to get to the enlargement, you can see several bees in the picture. It will give you a sense of scale.

MadisonMan said...

I never ask. It's simpler to ask forgiveness than to ask permission. There aren't any signs prohibiting it, that I can remember.

Of course, I only eat one or two. Just to see if I like that particular variety, of course.

class-factotum said...

Sigh. The tradeoffs I make to live in the south. I can get okra, but I can't get rhubarb or chard. I'm not sure it's worth it.

Well, maybe when it's October and we're still having weather like you have in August, it is. Maybe. I love rhubarb.

Mike said...

October in Wisconsin is glorious. Best month of the year IMHO.

MadisonMan said...

No No No. MAY is the best month. You emerge from your winter cocoon. Everything is fresh, growing, green. Mornings are light and alive with birdsong.

Sure, October can look great (until that mid-month rainstorm robs trees of their blaze of color and turns them skeletal), and the last lingering touch of summer on your cheek on that last Indian Summer Day is great. But it also offers constant reminders of the long cold dark nights to come.

Summary: October BAD. May GOOD.

Ann Althouse said...

I vote for October too. And I'll say the fall is more beautiful than the spring. There's no more reason to fear the winter than the summer. Both have good and bad. Spring and fall have beautiful balance, but fall is better because it's longer and mellower. The entire fall semester is fabulous. That semester called "spring" can't compare. There are more rainy, gray days in the spring. Anyway, don't be so hard on winter! The snow is beautiful. There are many sunny days, and thaws are always coming along and making things nice. And those long evenings of darkness give lots of time to sit in front of the fireplace and read. Plus: Christmas.