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.