Wednesday, May 13, 2009

corner view:: the great outdoors


The corner view for this week is The Great Outdoors. We have long cold winters here in Madison, WI, so spring is a very welcome time, and most people love to get OUT.


For us, we prefer being outside as much as we can, and while we do live in the city of Madison and are close to a vibrant urban area, we prefer being in the woods, near the water, or on a farm.


Madison is on an isthmus - a very narrow one - flanked by two large lakes. We have many lakes and rivers throughout our area as well. Our city has many parks, with prairie, wetlands, and forest. A lot of the more rural area is agriculture, but lovely parks are tucked in all over.


Being on the edge of the city, we are close to interesting neighborhoods and of course the lakes. But we are also just minutes away from farmland and narrow rural roads. It is nice to have easy access to both.


We love to take nature walks often, work in our garden (s), visit farms, ride our bikes, play outside, go to the beach, and find new places to explore. This summer we plan to go camping and have a few rural trips planned.


Visit Jane at Spain Daily to view her corner of the world...and then visit what the Great Outdoors looks like all around the globe:
jane, ladybug-zen, ian, bonnie, esti, sophie, cele, modsquad,caitlin, joyce, ani, couturecoucou, kim, a day that is dessert, natsumi, epe, kaylovesvintage, trinsch, c.t.,jeannette, outi, schanett, ritva, dongdong, francesca, state of bliss, jennifer, dana, denise, cabrizette, bohemia girl, ruth, dianna, isabelle, amber, a girl in the yellow shoes, mister e, janis, kari, jgy, jenna, skymring, elizabeth, audrey, allison, lise, cate, mon, victoria, crescent moon, erin, otli, amy, ida, caroline, lisa, dorte, kimmie, la lune dans le ciel, nicola, malo, vanessa, britta, virgina, april, rebecca, b, sunnymama, kyndale, samantha, karen, kristina, angelina

31 comments:

skymring said...

such a lovely big sky!

caitlin said...

Gorgeous! Also that barn shot is super good. I love the color! Great job!

kim said...

oh, i think i would LOVE it there! that barn is gorgeous. how nice to have all that space! and i bet you're very glad to see spring!!!
have a great day!

Kaylovesvintage said...

that looks great,love the barn

Jenell said...

What great photos. My favorite is the light on the barn. Aah, peace. Thanks for sharing your place. I can tell that you love it. :)

jane said...

fantastic post denise. you really get the feel for your city! i love the swing shot! thanks for this- i´m falling in love with wi! hugs-jane

janis said...

Denise - Your photos make me want to explore Madison. It looks like a lovely place!
Thanks for visiting and leaving the nice comment on my blog :)

trinsch said...

beautiful photos and cute little hickers :) i especially loved the blooming tree. stunning!

Michelle said...

Denise, I LOVE this series you are doing. Love it. Looks so beautiful.

Francesca said...

I can see why you'd want to get out, even without the long and cold winters: you have beautiful surrounding.

MODsquad said...

Love that barn photo!! I've never been up there but would love to go! Happy Day!

Crescent Moon said...

That's a great shot of the Capital!
The winters can be pretty harsh. Someday I'll have to tell you the story of driving the unheated VW Beetle from Elgin to Madison in January.

Anne said...

Lovely photos...

Jane said...

I am soooo curious about Madison now. This is such a great series of posts. Is Madison really as great as it looks???!!!

Our Quiet Place said...

Madison is pretty great, but I feel as it my family does not take advantage of all it has to offer. You inspire me to get out and explore more of this wonderful city!

Joy said...

Thanks for the view around your area. It's beautiful. We have a bit of city mixed with rural in our area too. I love being near both. My brother traveled to Madison for work a few years ago, and the only thing I remember was the fabulous cheese he brought back with him. :)

Dana said...

Hi Mom in Madison,
I've always wanted to visit Madison, and you've certainly enticed me further. Thanks, Dana

C.T. said...

Oohhw, lovely pictures! The first time in my life I've seen pics form Madison WI, so thx for sharing!

outi said...

looks good in there! thank you for the tour:)

april said...

dear denise, madison looks like a dream-land. there is something special in the air. light...and by the way, your homemade mozzarella looks yummy. best wishes*

Bonnie said...

oh wow ... looks like you enjoy the best of both worlds ! i'd love a place like that. reminds me a little bit of where my grandma lives in ohio ...

ladybug-zen said...

it sounds and looks like a wonderful place to live. love the photos.

Cate said...

look at that sky! do you have that children's book "TULIP SEES THE WORLD". "there are no skies like wisconsin's skies."

and you know that the barn photo is just incredible. really.

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Hi fellow local blog nominee!

Love your pictures - I'm happy to report I have a few beautiful yellow tulips on my desk - its FINALLY spring here!

I also thought I'd let you know about a social network I created on Ning for Wisconsin Bloggers - please, stop by and join! We'll be scheduling a little get-together sometime soon!
http://wisconsinbloggers.ning.com

Nice to "meet" you!

Brimful Curiosities said...

congrats on being a Wisconsin Mommy Blogger nominee! We lived in Madison for 5+ years and really enjoyed it there.
http://gocitykids.parentsconnect.com/parents-picks/milwaukee-wi-usa/best-milwaukee-local-blog

eclecticallyyours said...

Beautiful photos...makes me homesick!

kyndale said...

It sounds very nice where you live. A place where I would love to live!

jgy said...

The earth and sky in your corner are very inviting.
Beautiful views.
It's nice to visit here.
Hope you have a Happy today:)

Mama Randa Morning Glory said...

I'd love to visit Madison. How far is it from Chicago? Does the Amtrack go there from the Chicago Station? (Chicago is about a 5 hour train ride from Southern Illinois where we live)

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for your comment today regarding the turtles. From one nature lovin' mama to another your comment meant a lot.

Jeannette said...

???? Why did I miss this post???
What a great place to live and to enjoy the outdoors! So much to see and to do.
Have a great weekend, Jeannette