Yesterday, December 3, 2016, I walked out of my graphic arts class in Milwaukee into the street only to encounter a fantastical vision of hundreds of Santas-drunk and on bicycles. And a couple grinches and elves too. While I can not answer the existential question of “Can there be more than one Santa Claus” I do know what I saw. And took photos to prove it. I believe that these Santas (and grinches and elves) were cycling from pub to pub in downtown Milwaukee. As you can see above, some were struggling to mount their bikes. Having stood in the street to photograph them, my only advice is to stay out of their way!
My portrait of Howard. I have entitled it “Window Into A Soul.” Perhaps it represents an alternate or reconfigured reality.
Lost Creek Falls is an isolated, primordial waterfall on the escarpment overlooking the south side of Lake Superior. The reflections on the water and stones, together with the light patterns in the foliage draw my eye inward to the waterfall and remind me to give Thanksgiving for having experienced this magical place.
# Weekly Photo Challenge Magic
This week I revisited my photos of Lost Creek Falls, an isolated, primordial waterfall on the escarpment overlooking the south side of Lake Superior. I hardly ever look back and perhaps was seeking solace after the results of the national election a few weeks ago. The reflections on the water and stones, together with the light patterns in the foliage drew my eye inward to the waterfall and reminded me to give Thanksgiving for having experienced this magical place.
Last Wednesday, I was feeling stunned and dismayed by the results of the presidential election. Aimlessly skimming a newspaper, I saw an advertisement for a show at a local theatre featuring a troupe of cats. Intrigued, I bought two tickets for Sunday night, betting that it would lift our spirits.
How can “The Amazing Acro-Cats” be described? A vaudeville act of amazing feats (or “paws”) of athleticism and artistry? An innovative and ground-breaking rock band of superstar cats and a chicken ? A train wreck? All of the above?
In essence, the show was pandemonium. The cats (with names like “Tuna” and “Ahi”), a ground hog and a chicken ( “Cluck Norris”) performed circus tricks amid chaos. Except when they didn’t feel like it. So Lola, the star shown in the Feature Image above, refused to come down from the high platform, despite all manner of entreaty from the trainer who was standing precariously on a tilted chair. To the great amusement of the audience, Lola perched on high for almost fifteen minutes. Other cats would do a trick, e.g. ride in a little car, balance on a ball and then, feeling naughty, would take off running wildly through the audience.
My favorite kitty is shown in the center below, playing the drums in this photo of the “Rock Cats.” He just sat there and played the drums with his tiny paws, banging away and never stopping. Cutest little performer.
We sat in the back of the sold-out theatre, full of every kind of young and old cat lover. I tried to capture the feeling of the evening through my photos, and snapping photos through the crowd was part of the fun. The Amazing Acro-Cats show brought happiness to a somber week.
(Make sure to click on the Gallery below to see the full photos!)
This fall on Saturday mornings, I head to Milwaukee to take a photography class at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). Located on the Milwaukee River in the Historic Third Ward, MIAD offers a fun locale and scenic area for photography. After class last Saturday, I walked along the River Walk with a friend photographer and found a kayaker paddling through reflections. And these young women enjoying the afternoon and memorializing it in selfies.
I found this photo today in my Lightroom archives. Shot in August on our last evening on the sailboat, a few days before we left Lake Superior for Texas. I never processed or looked at the photo again until now. Its quiet composition and sunset colors together with a distant horizon now appeal to me. Perhaps because Texas is behind us.