Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Robot graffiti, Luxembourg

I find the facial expression on this graffiti robot really endearing and cute.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mall skylight, Iowa City

I like how the hexagonal pattern of the roof and window extends into the spider of wires holding decorations above the children's play area in the Coralville Mall.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Bangular Perspective, Iowa City

Giant mall Christmas ornaments look really weird when you aren't looking from the intended direction.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Crossing Paths

In the air, far above the ground, you lose all sense of the speed at which you are traveling. When you cross paths with another plane, however, that all comes back as the other shoots past at startling speed a thousand feet or more above or below.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

University of Augsburg, Germany

Another intriguing modernist building at the University of Augsburg.

Friday, November 25, 2016

University of Augsburg, Germany

The colorful textured outer wall of a building at the University of Augsburg in Germany.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Rest-Area Roof, Ohio

This mighty wheel and spokes was actually the roof of a rest area food court, somewhere off of Interstate 80 in Ohio.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Broken Window, University of Iowa

Over the summer, the outer pane broke while the inner stayed intact in a giant double-pane window in the Engineering building at the University of Iowa.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Dawn double rainbow off I90 in Minnesota

On that morning last summer, a light rainstorm swept past us as we drove West into Minnesota with the dawn breaking at our backs, a pair of red-tinged rainbows glimmering on its edge.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Turtle picnic, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison Wisconsin

Quietly in a corner of the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, these two topiary turtles share a contemplative parent / child moment over a picnic.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison Wisconsin

The Olbrich Botanical Gardens, in the middle of Madison Wisconsin are a lovely green oasis of vegetation, watercourses, and sculpture.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ella's Deli, Madison, Wisconsin

To me, this is the freakiest exhibit in the whole of Ella's Deli: the singing foot family, who wobble back and forth singing mountain songs from "The Sound of Music." I have no idea why the singers are these hideous feet.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ella's Deli, Madison, Wisconsin

Another inhabitant of Ella's Deli: this Humpty Dumpty looms frightening out of the uncanny valley over an unsuspecting table.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ella's Deli, Madison, Wisconsin

Another image from Ella's deli, this one an Escher-esque window shade covered with colorful birds.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Magic is Gone, Ella's Deli, Madison, Wisconsin

Ella's Deli was one of the first restaurants to serve authentic Jewish cuisine in Madison, Wisconsin, and the place is a remarkable fusion of a traditional New York-style deli, with all of the favorite dishes that you might be longing for, and knick-knack filled roadside attraction. Animatronic toys wobble on the walls and glide back and forth above the tables, colorful signs announce dishes and attractions, and it seems that every space is filled with some sort of antique mechanical miscellany. One of these that caught my eye is this pair of sad wizards, which I think were once (perhaps still are) part of a fortune-telling gizmo. To my eye, though, they seem to be mourning the passing of magic from their world.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thai Pavilion at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison Wisconsin

Another perspective on the Thai pavilion in the gardens of Madison, emphasizing the spiky angles of its roof.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Thai Pavilion at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison Wisconsin

In the back corner of a botanical garden in Madison, Wisconsin sits a remarkable sight: a genuine Thai temple, in all its golden intricacy, gifted to the university by the government of Thailand.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Lights and Doves in O'Hare Airport

The holiday decor in O'Hare airport fills this airy space with lights and doves, surrounding the world with symbols of peace and brightness.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Deer Island Wind Turbine, Boston

Standing on one of the hills by the Deer Island water treatment plant is this: the strangest wind turbine that I have ever seen.  I wonder if there is some special purpose, or if it is just an experimental design that they piloted at the plant that has never managed to catch on elsewhere.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Deer Island Sunset, Boston

Sunset glowing off the massive water tower standing above the Deer Island water treatment plant, hidden just the other side of these parkland hills.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Boston under a lowering cloud

Boston, framed by cloud, as seen from out across the harbor by the Deer Island water treatment plant, where there is a lovely walking park on the breezy edge of the ocean.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Powerlines at Dawn, Illinois

Powerlines stretching over the highway at dawn, silhouettes against the subtle rainbow air.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Highway Sunrise, Illinois

Another fragment of the early morning, with the sun just peeking above the horizon across the fields of Illinois.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Farms at Dawn, Illinois

I've been seeing a lot of dawns, lately, as I get up early to work on my scientific proposals, and so this picture of farms at dawn, from when I was driving across Illinois on my way from Iowa to Boston two years ago, seems very apropos to me right now.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Dawn at Eastern Iowa Airport

A sight I see far too often, on early morning departures where I take the first flight out of the Eastern Iowa Airport.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Tranquil afternoon view, Seattle

Towards the end of a meeting, looking out into the tranquil afternoon, clear blue skies guide my view out Eastward from Seattle, across the lake, over the skyscrapers of Bellevue, all the way out to the misty quiet slopes of the Cascade Mountains.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Bubble porches, Seattle

I just like the bubbly round shape of these porches on an apartment building near the University of Washington in Seattle.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

University of Washington reflecting pool

Near the computer science building in the University of Washington is a wide circular reflecting pool, still calm and tranquil on the early morning that I walked by it on my way to a scientific workshop.