Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hoyt Park - Forest Path

Another charming path through the woods. Madison is an officially declared Tree City. I'm not sure what one needs to do to attain "Tree City" standing, but I have no doubt Madison qualifies. The parts of the city that were not originally wetlands (that's right, a large portion of the city is built on a drained swamp) were forests. It is part of what makes Madison beautiful - plenty of trees.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hoyt Park Fireplaces

Hoyt Park has fireplaces! We have used them to cook out, but I bet it would be nice to sit around a fire on a crisp fall evening.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Secret Dell - Hoyt Park

Okay, I don't know how secret it really is, but when you're in this section of the park, you can completely forget you are in a city of roughly 300,000 people (in the metro area). It is serene and very romantic. I know I took this picture with a green filter, which makes the leaves pop.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Hoyt Park Trail to the Cliffs

These steps are part of the trail that goes to the hidden dell in the park. I have walked these steps many a time. They lead from an overlook with one of the best views in the city. I used a filter, but for the life of me, I can't remember which one. I should really write these things down.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Hoyt Park

Hoyt Park is a park on the near west side of town. It is remarkable for two reasons - it is more or less in the heart of the city, and once you enter the park, you are hardly aware of it, it is so peaceful; the other reason is that it is chock full of hidden treasures: limestone cliffs, fireplaces, an overlook with a breathtaking view of the city's west side. This photo is from one of the park's entrances.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

King's Motel

Madison is, by and large, a beautiful city. This is not a picture of that beauty. But I do like neon, and this picture reminds me of an old film noir. When I went to take this picture, I made sure to have someone with me - this area, as you can imagine, is now a little run down at the heel. I'm sure the King's Motel was a fine family establishment once. Once.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Capital City Bike Path

Madison is a city for cyclists, weather permitting. We have a nice series of dedicated bike paths, and boy, are they in use. This used to be a rail bridge, but when once this set of railroad tracks were decommissioned, the city turned this stretch into a bike path. The Capital City Bike Trail runs through the isthmus, connecting east and west side. This bike trail passes, among other things, the much-debated Monona Terrace Convention Center. My one beef with this trail is that on a beautiful day (such as today), the whole world is on the trail - which is great, until some Lance Armstrong wannabe blows by the "slow" by which I mean every one traveling slower than 30 mph. Time to check the spring bike check up and hit the trails!