Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Chicago Towers Downtown






I spent part of last weekend in Chicago. Partly because of the heat and humidity and partly because of the potential beauty, we decided to take a river/lakeshore tour. The time spent was excellent and the views astounding. I thought that for this post I'd share some of the buildingscapes (is that acceptable English?) with you. To be honest, I'm almost embarrassed by the number of photos that I took in the two hour period. I will post more images of aspects of downtown Chicago another time, but if you want to see more photos now just click on my Flickr link that is located on the right side of this blog page.

Thank you for visiting, please come again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.

Kerry

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Madison, Wisconsin Moving Days







Madison,Wisconsin is a unique place to be in mid-August. Madison-a city of around 200,000- is an interesting blend of established home-owners and renters. Many, but far from all, of the renters are the 50,000+ students who live in the city. Every August, large numbers of those renters are temporarily homeless of 24 to 48 hours as they move out of one rental unit and wait to move into another. They and their belongings often either stay in rented U-Haul vans or camp out on an available lawn, hoping that the weather remains dry.

This August, I was involved in moving my daughter from one apartment complex to another. The process started on Friday, the 13 (an inauspicious day at best) and ended on Sunday the 15 when she was able to move into her new living space. Unlike many, she was able to leave her belongings that did not remain in the van at the house of family members. I'd like to share both impressions of the process and images of the aftermath.

Madison Renters’ Moving Weekend-a time of family, tornado watch, moving belongings in pouring rain, lightening and thunder, temporarily homeless students on lawns with rain-drenched belongings, dumpster scavengers pushing baby in stroller, photo ops, good food and cold beer, humidity followed by cool air and sunshine. On the whole an "interesting time" . It was an interesting time. I arrived at 1PM on Friday, the 13 for a move that would start at 4 PM. Shortly after arrival I was eating lunch when the rains burst open the skies. An hour later, the rains let up and I started to explore State Street while I waited for my son at 3 PM and would then go with him at 4 PM to help my daughter begin her move. Suddenly the tornado sirens went off-a potential tornado situation had been observed nearby and people were supposed to seek shelter. Most went on with what they were doing; I had a cup of cappuccino at a coffee house as nothing seemed imminent. Finally, after 4 PM, we started loading my daughters belongings into the van amidst thunder, lightening, and pouring rain. That took care of the moving aspect of Friday the 13th. Both Saturday and Sunday went much better; the humidity was gone by Sunday and the move was relatively stress-free.

Saturday afternoon, a transition time between having moved out and the time when renters were allowed to pick up keys and move in, was when I took the photos included in this blog and the others in my Flickr album. They are images of a Madison east side neighborhood, contrasting impressions of the established neighborhood dwellings and the aftermath of the moving out process that renters underwent. It was a spontaneous photoshoot; I decided to take a walking tour of the neighborhood in which I was staying. In the process, I didn't want to be intrusive and include actual people moving. They were stressed out enough as it was. Besides, we were busy moving when they were and in limbo when they were. It was the aftermath that caught my camera's eye. The abandoned belongings along the curbs sort of reminded me of a seaside beach at low tide with debris left behind.If you would like to see more of the photos that I took, please visit my Flickr album at the following address:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jadedirishgryphon/sets/72157624622419299/

Thank you for visiting, please stop by again. May your own travels be interesting and enjoyable.I must, however, be careful in my wish fr you. Interesting can be a multi-layered condition. ;-}

Kerry

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sheboygan Summer Scenes






This is a very spontaneous post. I suddenly got the urge to share some local summer images to show you why I am very content to be in Sheboygan, Wisconsin much of the summer. Being the water person that I am, many of the photos I take are along the lake shore or riverfront. Two shots that are away from the water were taken during our local art fair in July. If you have the opportunity, I encourage you to visit the city and its surrounding area. There is a lot to see in terms of natural beauty here, even during the frigid ice and snow moths of January and February.

Thank you for visiting, please come again. As always, your comments are appreciated. May your travels be interesting and enjoyable.

Kerry

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Streets of Wales






I went into the experience with few preconceptions except with the knowledge that some of my ancestors came from Wales. Once I arrived, I soon discovered that Welsh towns are interesting to wander around. People are friendly, streets are colorful and safe. I didn't even mind the March drizzle that seemed to follow me practically everywhere I went (maybe that's why my ancestors boarded the boat and left for North America!) Seriously though, I enjoyed my visit and could very easily be convinced to spend more time exploring the country.

The photos in this post are from a variety of small towns. What they all have in common is a sense of age, permanency, order, and friendliness. I hope that you have enjoyed your visit and will come again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.

Kerry