Saturday, June 13, 2009

Road report #2...

We came across this sprawling apple tree as we were driving around the back roads near my hometown. There was a flock of cedar waxwings feeding in the tree, calling to each other with their characteristic high-pitched whistles. They apparently were somewhat spooked by my presence and gradually moved one by one to a tree just a short distance away. Although I took quite a few zoomed pictures of the apple tree, I managed to get only one with a visible bird.

Here in Madison, we've been busy visiting with friends since we arrived. Last night we went to a favorite restaurant -- Husnu's -- in the heart of the UW campus area. State Street is definitely the place to be on a Friday night -- the constant parade of people out to see and be seen is always entertaining.

We also spent an enjoyable afternoon visiting some of the artist's studios on the
Spring Art Tour in some of the small towns just outside of Madison. I was delighted to finally meet watercolorist Peggy Flora Zalucha, whose work I have been admiring for years.

Later today we're going to the University Arboretum to see an exhibit by a local artist. The fabulous lilac gardens are unfortunately past bloom, but I'm sure we'll find some other wonders in that amazing place.

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