Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Springtime in Madison

Garden at the Wisconsin University campus

In my last post, I shared some photos from Milwaukee. Now let's look at a few from Madison, Wisconsin taken the same week. The garden above is on campus at the University of Wisconsin. It contains many beautiful plants and water features.

Also on campus is the Washburn Observatory. This facility sports the typical dome, and makes for an attractive feature atop Observatory Hill.

Washburn Observatory at the University of Wisconsin

On weekends during the spring, there is a public, open air market on the state capitol grounds. There are also people there of all kinds, exercising their First Amendment right of free speech. These guys in the next picture reminded me of the Elton John song Tiny Dancer, where the lyrics say, "Jesus freaks, out in the streets, handing tickets out for God". So we walked on by, as the street preacher was calling us all whores and whoremongers. I really haven't ever mongered anything, much less a whore! Just another fine example of Christianity at work.

Street preachin' Jesus freaks

Madison is a progressive-minded city, so the Jesus freaks were met with laughter and mild amusement by the passersby. Luckily, Madison has a major counterbalance to such nincompoops. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is headquartered just a few blocks from the capitol. I stopped by Freethought Hall to snap a few pictures, even though the staff was out of town that day.

Freethought Hall, headquarters of the Freedom From Religion Foundation

And since this blog deals a lot with road and highway issues, here is a sign you see around Madison. The blank US highway shield is not a mistake. It indicates the Madison Beltline Highway, a multiplex of US Highways 12, 14, 18, and 151. They just use the blank shield to represent them all.

Beltline Highway blank shield

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