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Rocks and Water at Lake Mendota shore and beyond

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013

I find rocks and water fascinating, because of the juxtaposition of something static and something dynamic. In some of the photographs, moving water was captured with a long exposure, whereas in others, quiet water reflects the rocks. I grew up in
Japan, and rocks and water remind me of Japanese gardens.
Interestingly, while rocks are static
in short time but not necessarily in long time. The particular configuration of
the rocks shown in a photograph may no longer exist in nature. They can be moved by
natural forces or by human actions.

I believe the kind of photographs shown here, when successful, can communicate with the viewer without written title or
explanation of where they are taken. Thus the focus of a photograph in this collection is “What does it say?” Where the photograph was taken is of secondary importance. Having said that, I must admit sometimes finding where the photograph was taken makes the photograph more interesting, especially when the viewer knows the place.

Some are taken at Picnic Point before 2011, others are taken in Northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Colorado, Alaska as well as in Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland in Canada, and the Jura region in France. I used a 35 mm film camera (Nikkormat) before 2006 and a digital camera (Canon Digital Rebel XT) since. From commercially developed
slide film, I printed by Ciba-Ilfochrome method. The printing of digital images was by Camera Co., Madison WI.

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.