Cancer Cluster Parkway?


Power lines are everywhere.  While driving around a bit this afternoon this became quite evident.  One side of the road wasn’t enough.  Let’s line both sides of the roadway and call in Cancer Cluster Parkway.  Wouldn’t you know it, there  is an elementary school a stones throw away.

Every time I see a scene like this it brings me back to the early 80’s when the fear of cancer clusters were all a buzz.  I haven’t thought about this scare in quite some time.  I can’t remember all the arguments put forth back then, but I recall that they were convincing.

A simple Google search yields endless link to information that would consume every walking hour to sift through, not to mention examine in great detail.  Some sites even provide a visual aide illustrating the ailment to expect as varying distances…that is so helpful.

It is difficult at times filtering the BS.  Phrases like “Absolutely possible” do not distill much confidence in claims of danger.  The notion of cancer cluster due to high-voltage power lines is either total crap or there isn’t enough evidence to support the theory or there is just so much money involved that you’ll never get to the bottom of it.  The latter may very well be the case and it wouldn’t shock me a bit.  Yeah, we are there.  These types of things should outrage people until the truth is known.  There are all sorts of scares out there these days and it seems a fair bit easier to avoid rather than challenge and engage.

I find high-voltage power lines extremely ugly and an extreme eyesore.  Cancer clusters or not, I don’t plan on living near these types of high-voltage power lines any time soon.  If something does directly impact you, you are less likely to do anything about it…if it is in fact true.

I’ve accomplished nothing here really, other than snapping a picture of a roadway lined in high-voltage power lines.

Happy Thursday.


Sunset Star Puppies

Nope – not the latest pop band.  AKA Sun Dogs


2013: Weeks #44 Photography

Another week closer to the end…or good ol 2013.  We saw our first measurable snow this week – ick.  It wasn’t much, but just enough  for people to not utilize common sense.  Wet + <32 = ?  Huh?  I don’t geddit.  It baffles me each year at this time.  There is not atom splitting going on here.

It was entertaining to watch all of the five-O fund-raising this last week.  They have been at it for a few weeks now with a day off here and there to trick those that do not pay attention.  Yep, there are plenty of them too.  They are in the same group as those above.  Cop + speeding = ?  Huh?  I don’t geddit.

It isn’t hideously cold out yet thankfully.  There is still time for that long neglected yard work that should have been done weeks ago.  Finishing coffee and getting dressed to tackle all that super-duper fun joy joy stuff now.  Have a great weekend all.

Here are s few shot from this last week.

Move over Bambi – Wieners on Ice

OK…it’s snow, but that would not have delivered as much “pow” on the title.  Found these two shots of girls while going through the newly completed master jpeg catalog.





Ugh – snow; it will be here before we know.  Am hopeful for a long Autumn season.

Junco Jam 2013

The backyard has been all a buzz with these little birdies for a few week now.  The last few days though have been crazy-busy with activity. No doubt due to this crap-tacular Spring weather we been having.

They are curious little buggers with a furious appetite.  They just keep eating and eating and eating.  The are plenty enjoyable to listed too. I am fairly certain that they have hopped around every inch of the yard – along with the squirrels and other critters that frequent our backyard sanctuary.  There are Junco tracks everywhere.

Revisited – March 2013

This month’s revisited will be short and sweet in narrative.  March was a great photography month filled with all sorts of subjects.  At the moment, though, Spring is knocking a bit harder on the door.  The forecast-ed full day rain did not come to fruition.  Instead, there are blue skies and some clouds and it is 50 degrees.  It is time to get out of the house and go for a walk, a drive – something.

Here are my favorite March 2013 shots converted into black & white.  Happy Saturday all.

Beautiful Sunday Drive

The sunlight was high in the sky, harsh and the shadows it cast where long.  A few clouds graced us with their presence overhead throughout the day.  It was only in the low to mid 20’s, but with the sun, I would have sworn it was 40.  It was one of those Sunday’s that you welcome a drive; some time to be out and about – out of the house.

Today’s mission was simple…some cheese from the Eau Galle Cheese Factory.  The outing was different in that we actually planned to go here rather than happening by it an hour early or 10 minutes after it closed.  It is a somewhat narrow window to hit on a Sunday, 11-4:30.  Blueberry Cheddar, Cranberry Cheddar, Buffalo Wing Jack and even Chocolate cheese…all seriously yummy.

While en route to and the return trip from our destination, we happily took in familiar sites.  The drive through Porcupine, WI area and surrounding bluffs and valleys always affords spectacular views.  The deer where out in numbers this day – no doubt soaking up some sun.  They too seem anxious for Spring, or at the very least look it.  These are not your common yard-fed critters.

Our last stop of the day before home was in Stockholm, WI at the Stockholm Pie Company.  Oh my.  Yes, I would love a slice of pecan pie.  Small and quaint place with lots of character.

Assorted Photos – 2013: Week #10

Another interesting week in photography and weather.  It is a crazy time of year; this transitional weather certainly affords a certain level of variety.  Huge dump of snow early in the week, hoar frost and fog mid-week and now rain at the tail-end of the week.  The rain will turn to snow,  ice, or both here shortly because that’s just the way it works around here this time of year.

Revisited – February 2013

Revisited – February 2013 hot out post processing.  Lots of shooting this last month – love it.  There was even an album I didn’t seem to get around to processing.  That hardly ever happens.

Assorted Photos – 2013: Week #8

It was an eventful weather week.  It started out windy and cold and ended with lots of snow.  The wind really whipped down Lake Pepin on Tuesday; it was quite the sight.  The eagles were out in numbers fishing away in the wind.  There was a magnificent rainbow sherbet sunrise mid-week.  I spied a pile of discarded household crap on a country road.  What the hell are people thinking when they do that?  And to wrap it all up, Friday brought several inches of white-fluffy-commute-lengthening stuff.  Eventful week.