Friday, November 2, 2007

Cherokee Marsh

As I mentioned in my profile, I'm a wood-worker for a remodeling company by day. Thanks to our "president" and his policies, our economy is in the toilet. As a result, I've been laid off for the last two months. Hopefully, I still have a job to go back to, since I like my employer and the people with whom I work. However, looking for the silver lining, I've had a little extra spare time recently. I'm learning how to blug, for instance. I also have tried to get out and enjoy some of the wonderful things this area has to offer. One of those is Cherokee Marsh. It's an incredible piece of land set aside as a wetland restoration project right on the outskirts of Madison. Prime real estate for those money-grubbing developers. It's past the peak of fall colors right now, but beautiful, nonetheless. As I was walking along one of the trails, I looked to my left and saw, maybe fifteen feet away, something staring at me. It was close enough that I started thinking about how deadly those hooves can be. Anyway, it stayed still while I got out my camera (well, actually, it's my daughter's camera. I still don't own a digital camera so I borrow hers when I think I might need one. Can you say "loser"?) and got a quick shot of it before it hightailed it out of there. It's not a great shot, thanks to the auto-focus, but you can see it a little to the right of center. If you wish, you can enbiggen it by clicking on it.

Whenever I get out of the city, I'm always struck by what a beautiful state Wisconsin is. Yes, other states are beautiful, as well, and, while we don't have some of the spectacular elements here that you find elsewhere, there is a subtle beauty to Wisconsin that I find very satisfying. You don't often find Wisconsin featured in the Sierra Club calendars, but that's probably just as well. We already have too many people moving here to escape from whatever. They're usually people with too much money, they displace people who have lived here a long time and they generally bring the whatever they're escaping from with them, destroying what attracted them to Wisconsin in the process. Check out the photo at the top of this post. If you click on it and make it bigger, you'll see a McMansion on the other side of the river. It's huge, believe me. I envision maybe two adults and one child living in that monstrosity. Probably a six car garage with at least two SUVs (a Lexus and a BMW), a sports car or two and a big honkin' truck, minimum. Oh, yes, let's not forget the big ol' boat! I've worked on a house or two like that and it's nothing short of obscene. And it's getting worse. Beautiful "unimproved" land gobbled up by rich people while poverty, homelessness and the prison population go through the roof. But I ramble. Time to stop. Just one more photo of Cherokee Marsh, though.


Suzy said...

You're not a loser. Except when you wear the Hello Kitty mask to bed. I love your blog. <3

Ed said...

I thought you loved the Hello Kitty mask, too. Now my whole world view has been blown asunder. I like that word "asunder." It needs to get out more, don't you think?

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Cool pictures. I remember seeing many sigths like this growing up in Michigan in the late 60's/early 70's. Those white birch trees always remind me of my home state.

Keep up the blogs! I'll tos you on my blog roll and now I'll be four for four on your family and their blogs!

Crayons said...


I'm unemployed next week too, so a trip to Cherokee Marsh is a good project for me. I'd actually forgotten all about it.

You are a good writer. There's a real flow to this entry. You are able to maintain three layers at once: a deep appreciation of nature, an astute political reading of the scene, and finally, a masterful use/abuse of the English language. I didn't know you had it in you.

Is it a fox in the photo?

Suzy said...

Crayons, it's a Bambi.

Ed said...

Oops, sorry. I forgot to clarify that. Doh!