I found a few postcards of cottages from Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin in my grandparent’s picture albums. They’re from the 1950s and 1960s. Currently, the town is touted as “Serenity at the Top of Wisconsin” on the Chamber of Commerce website. Some of the postcards are blank so perhaps my grandparents vacationed there and brought back the postcards as keepsakes. Others are addressed to them.
For Nanakiki Cottage (below), the 1954 postcard message to my grandparents is as follows: “The fish are biting just swell so are the mosquitoes. The weather is just wonderful up here.”
Bungishimo Cottage is pictured below. What does Bungishimo mean? I have no idea and neither does the internet as there were no results found.
Bring along a book and sit back –
For the bright white Park View Cottage (below), the 1960 postcard message to my grandparents is as follows: “Having a good time and a good rest, Fishing isn’t too good, but we are catching enough for a few meals.”
Courtesy of my friend Mary is a picture of a sun halo! I had never heard of such a thing.
From Weather.com, “randomly-oriented hexagonal ice crystals with diameters less than 20.5 micrometers are responsible for the halo observed in the sky. This geometric size and shape causes light to undergo two refractions, or bends, as the light passes through the ice crystal. Once the second bend is made, the light appears as a halo in the sky.”
How did they ever figure that out?
A mid-June display of yard flowers brighten up the house:
July 24th backyard flowers and bees…
…and a female Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly (males have white spots between the brown ones):
Yesterday I joined a Butterfly walk with about 10 others in Yahara Heights County Park, Madison. But it is impossible for me to just look at the butterflies!
On the left, one stunning pink/purple-flowered stalk of Swamp Milkweed stands out. It is a popular pollinator species. On the right is a picture of the Partridge Pea plant before its buttery-yellow flowers emerge. It is also a pollinator species, the seeds are food for many birds, and it adds nitrogen to the soil.
Ironweed was just beginning to bloom. At 4-6 feet tall it is a magnet for butterflies.
The commonly-found Viceroy butterfly can be confused with the Monarch butterfly. The Viceroy is smaller, has one heavy black line through the middle of the hind wings, and has white spots in the black margins of the wings.
I am always mesmerized by a field of Queen Anne’s Lace. When I was a girl I’d pick a bunch and put them in different vases of dyed water, and then wait a few days for the pale colors to emerge.
“We have more possibilities in each moment than we realize.”—Thich Nhat Hahn