Day 116: Something Beautiful—The Hope of Fisher and Northern People

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

Is this image an etching? On closer scrutiny, I found it is a photo. The willowed trout stream is a work by Trout Magee, a Wisconsin fishing enthusiast. A true icon of the rural southwest Wisconsin landscape as spring tentatively encroaches. Like baby fuzz, the pale chartreuse of willows and soft, soft rose of emerging oak buds. This year winter and spring are fighting longer than usual for landscape domination. And taken a toll on the local psyche. The Darlington, Wisconsin shop keepers are sharing a dreary perspective and disparaging weather comments as part of the checkout process.

I try to bring hope to the locals. I tell them that traveling from Cincinnati through Indiana and Illinois I have seen spring. And it is slowly crawling their way. Sharing that the daffodils are already fading in southern Ohio seems too cruel. My message: Beauty is on the march.

willow tree


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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