Downtown Chicago from John Hancock to Water Tower

Chicago, Illinois -- Downtown Chicago, viewed from the Chicago Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center, looking down the south side of the building toward the Chicago Water...

Holy Hill Scenic Tower: Fall colors, Hubertus, Wisconsin

Hubertus, Wisconsin -- View of Wisconsin's fall colors from the scenic tower at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill. Footage of our visit is included in Amy's October 28 video (above) for her blog post day. And here's some drone...

Backyard garden at dusk, end of August, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin -- Towering sunflowers, dinosaur kale, black-eyed Susans, and purple coneflowers are among the plants visible in our backyard garden as August and the gardening season reach culmination for another...

Gast & Sons power equipment, Caledonia, Wisconsin

Caledonia, Wisconsin -- Gast & Sons power equipment shop at 111 6 Mile Rd., with the setting sun reflecting off a window. Gast & Sons offers sales and service of Gravely and Simplicity tractors and mowers, plus snowblowers, chippers, power brushes, cultivators, and...

Racine Art Museum: Free First Fridays

Racine, Wisconsin -- Visitors investigate the Racine Art Museum during Free First Fridays hours on an August evening. First Fridays is a monthly event in downtown Racine, during which admission to the art museum is free of charge...

Wind Point from North Beach Park, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin -- Wind Point, with its white Wind Point Lighthouse at far right, as seen looking north in the morning light from the Lake Michigan Pathway at the north end of North Beach Park, near Michigan Blvd. and Yout...

Beachside Oasis mural ‘Fiesta,’ Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin -- West facade of Beachside Oasis (formerly North Beach Oasis) at 100 Kewaunee St. in Racine's North Beach Park on the Lake Michigan shore, featuring a Hispanic-themed mural entitled "Fiesta." The mural was created in 2008 by local students and...

Tiger Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin -- An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) nectars on the flower of a Pink Delight Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii). Butterfly bushes have been very effective in attracting several types of swallowtails, as well as Monarchs and many...

Fighting Bob La Follette, Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

Madison, Wisconsin -- Copy of a bust of Robert M. La Follette, Sr. by sculptor Jo Davidson in the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol building at the entrance to the capitol's east gallery. Known as "Fighting Bob," La Follette served as a member of the U.S. House...

Wisconsin capitol building, Madison: East gallery

Madison, Wisconsin -- East gallery of the Wisconsin State Capitol building, viewed from across the rotunda. A bust of Robert M. La Follette stands in front of the gallery, and a sculpture of a badger is perched atop the pediment above the entrance to the Wisconsin...

Abandoned Haunted House Complex, I-94, Racine County

Sturtevant, Wisconsin -- The former Vance's Bar along I-94/U.S. Route 41 at 2825 SE Frontage Road, which John D. Vance started as an auto repair garage after buying the land in 1948. An addition opened as a beer joint called i"Club 41" in 1954, then expanded into the...

Historic house: Joshua Pierce House, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin -- The Joshua Pierce House at 2800 Taylor Ave. Built in 1860-1861 in what was then Mount Pleasant, this "large and beautiful home” is where Pierce, a "thrifty farmer" and Mount Pleasant's road commissioner, lived until his death in...

Joshua Pierce House from Pierce Boulevard, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin -- The Joshua Pierce House at 2800 Taylor Ave., viewed from Pierce Boulevard to the home's north. Built in 1860-1861 in what was then Mount Pleasant, this "large and beautiful home” is where Pierce, a "thrifty farmer" and Mount Pleasant's road...

White-tailed deer at Mitchell School, Racine Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin -- A pair of white-tailed deer stands at the corner of Webster Street and Drexel Avenue in front of Mitchell Middle School. They came east from Taylor Avenue, wandered around a few backyards on Webster Street and Mitchell School, then eventually...

White-tailed deer crossing Racine, Wisconsin street

Racine, Wisconsin -- A pair of white-tailed deer cross the 2800 block of Webster Street on a Saturday morning. They came east from Taylor Avenue, wandered around Mitchell Middle School for a while, and eventually headed back west across...

Joseph and Mary in melting snow, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin -- The heads and shoulders of Joseph and Mary emerge as snow melts around a plastic outdoor nativity set in front of a house on Pierce Boulevard on the eve of Valentine's Day -- two weeks after the "Blizzard of 2011" on February 1st and...

Blizzard of 2011 vs. snowblower, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin -- Using a snow thrower to cut paths to nearby houses, our neighbor Tim begins to plow through the record snowfall that piled up during the Blizzard of 2011, just one snowstorm in our cold and snowy...

Pumpkins for sale, Racine County, Wisconsin

Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin -- Pumpkins, fresh from the pumpkin patch, for sale a week before Halloween at the roadside stand of Piper Farms, LLC, 4615 Lathrop Ave. in Racine County.

Organic produce: Piper Farms roadside stand, Wisconsin

Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin -- Organically grown produce for sale in Racine County at Piper Farms, LLC, 4615 Lathrop Ave. Pumpkins, squash, fingerling potatoes, and sweet potatoes are available at this roadside...

Ernst Klinkert Barn, Piper Farms vineyards in Racine County

Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin -- The Ernst Klinkert Barn is seen from a distance, beyond the vineyards of Piper Farms, LLC, 4615 Lathrop Ave. in Racine County. The Bluegrass style barn was built in 1889 by Racine brewery owner Ernst C. Klinkert for his sulky racing...

Kenosha County Bike Trail over Pike River in Wisconsin

Kenosha County, Wisconsin -- A bridge on the Kenosha County Bike Trail (formerly the North Shore Railroad tracks) crosses over the Pike River, near 666 13th Ave. Through the bridge, the golf course of the Kenosha Country Club is...

Limburger cheese rolls from Monroe, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin -- Limburger Rolls from the Boomerang Bakery in Monroe, Wisconsin. Despite the pungent reputation of Limburger cheese, these unique rolls are really delicious because of their sweet, yeasty dough, which softens the Limburger's bite. The Limburger...

Limburger cheese rolls, Boomerang Bakery, Monroe, Wisconsin

Monroe, Wisconsin -- Signature Limburger Rolls for sale at Boomerang Bakery (1117 16th Ave.) during Green County Cheese Days. Despite the pungent reputation of Limburger cheese, these unique rolls are really delicious because of their sweet, yeasty dough, which...

Corn dogs: Squire’s Dog Haus, festival food vendor

Monroe, Wisconsin -- Fresh corn dogs, hot dogs on buns or on sticks, caramel apples, and 26 flavors of soda and sno-cones are all available at Squire's Dog Haus, a staple at fairs and festivals in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois for more than 20...

Heirloom tomato haul from Racine, Wisconsin garden

Racine, Wisconsin -- Heirloom tomatoes -- Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, Mr. Stripey -- plus Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, poblano peppers, and even a couple of chile peppers from our backyard tomato garden. Many of the Roma tomatoes were used in Spaghetti With Fresh...

Backyard garden: 6-foot tomato plants, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin -- The heirloom tomato beds that Amy dug and planted in late May, and mulched on June 1st now sport tomato plants over 6 feet tall, as well as basil and peppers. So far, we've only harvested a couple of ripe Roma tomatoes. We staked the tomato plants...

Green tomatoes in the rain, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin -- Today's photo -- after astonishing rains, with more on the way -- is inspired by the song "Hang On Little Tomato" by Pink Martini: The sun has left and forgotten me It's dark, I cannot see Why does this rain pour down I'm gonna drown In a sea Of...

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