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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.