flushing the hydrants

It always makes me happy when they flush the hydrants in our village.  First off, I get a childish thrill when I see it.  Secondly, I know that the roll toward cold weather is upon us.

(I often get asked why they do this, and from my understanding it is to clear sediment and a routine maintenance procedure to check for problems.)

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fog + flooding in sauk city

We’ve had some flooding in our village and sister village (Prairie du Sac) this week, which is unusual for this time of year.  The fog this morning inspired me to get out to look around and take some photos.  This much excess water always leaves me wondering what it would have been like to live here before the dam was built upstream.

If you look really close in the shot with the ducks and geese, you can see a heron sitting atop a tree in the distance.  He took off from the foreground as soon as I approached the temporary cove.  (It is usually a foot trail.)

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the season of optimal fog in the wisconsin river valley

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when the river calls

I took a walk with my husband this last Sunday morning.  It was wonderfully foggy and these photos really don’t do justice to the magic that is the Wisconsin River Valley. 

Words to describe it completely escape me. 

We walked amongst the sidetrails that I have walked hundreds of times before with Grandpa Anderson, so many years past.  For the zillionth time, I told my husband that this is the river where I was born on a cold, winter night and that there’s still no time between then and now.  I thought about mentioning how I’m quite certain I was once a catfish and that I know what it feels like to skim along the river bed.  I didn’t.  I have told him many times before then and I will tell him many times again.  

  




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prairie du sac bridge over the wisconsin river

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