Monday, March 16, 2009

Upper Sugar River Watershed

I thought I would share some photos of the area where I live. Winters can be harsh but the prospect of Spring arriving is exciting. Summer is full of color and fall is beautiful.
The last picture is a picture of the farm, on my road to my home. Every spring this natural stream appears in his fields, switching back and forth as it makes it way to a marsh, stream or lake.
My hometown is located right in the heart of the Upper Sugar River Watershed. A watershed is an area of land that drains into another body of water like a marsh or stream. It's about 170 square miles and is covered with rolling farms and communities. It looks like a big leaf, the outer edge of the leaf touches the town of Mr. Horeb, Belleville, Fitchburg and Madison.
This particular temporary stream, in his field is on it's way to the Sugar River. What I'm hoping is that this year I will be in the right place at the right time to see this same stream outline when the wild flowers pop up.
One year I caught it, in the right light and the entire stream bed was highlighted in yellow wildflowers. They didn't grow anywhere else in the field, just in this beautiful curvy pattern of the run off bed.
We have some great trout streams, kayak and canoe trails right outside of Verona.
Why the geography lesson? No special reason other than some people are curious where other people live and what it looks like.
I live in the southwestern part of the state. For me, it's one of the most beautiful parts. I love the soft rolling hills (although my friends from New York State scoff at me and tell me that they are mounds not hills) lol.
I love the seeing active farming still going on. For thirty some years we lived in Madison. We remodeled a one hundred year old home, raised out children and apparently were a nine iron from the lake.
Eight years ago we moved outside of Madison to a neighboring town. We build in the country side although like most areas it has developed around us. Now, I live without the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy my birds, wildlife, gardening with sun (my city garden was a shade garden) and the slower pace of a small town.
Our town hosts the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon, we are part of the Military Ridge State Trail. The forty mile trails runs straight through our downtown. It's a great hiking, cycling, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing trail. And, it's maintained so even motorized wheelchairs can use it.
Well, that's it a little "postcard" from Hometown USA.

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