Philip E. Brown
Univ. of Wisconsin
Madison, WI, USA

Spring comes to Cherokee Marsh

The panorama which opens looking to the west was shot at 11 a.m. CST on Friday March 20 on the edge of Cherokee Marsh northeast of Madison, Wisconsin. To the north, the marsh is slowly being reclaimed by trees. To the south, the marsh runs more than a mile to the edge of the Dane County airport.


The Cherokee Marsh lies on the northeast side of Madison, Wisconsin and marks the entry of the Yahara River into Lake Mendota - one of the lakes for which Madison is known. Prior to the last glacial invasion from Canada, the Yahara River flowed west to east in a deep valley underlying Lake Mendota. The continental ice sheet deposited large amounts of debris both on the hills of what is now Madison and in the river valleys as well. Upon its retreat 15, 000 years ago, the glacier left behind an irregular, fairly flat surface with poorly developed and relocated drainages, abundant lakes, and marshy areas. In the last 10,000 years, as the landscape begins to mature, first softwood then later hardwood trees attempt to reclaim the land from the marshes. This setting then is the location of the panorama - the rebirth of the forest and its struggle with the marsh. The snow underfoot and the warm breezes in the air on March 20 at 11 a.m. were vivid reminders of another rebirth - Spring struggling with Winter.

winter into spring
marsh into trees, renewal
nature does, can we?

Technical details:

Nikon N50 SLR and a Vivitar 19-35mm lens set at 28mm. I used a moderate weight Slik tripod and the Kaidan QPX-1 Pan head. The Kodak 200 print film was scanned using a Nikon slide scanner, processed using Photoshop 4, and stitched using the Authoring Suite on a Mac 8100-150 equipped with 144 Megs of RAM. Multiple datarate movies were compiled using directions posted on Apple's web site and hints and procedures contributed to the Wrinkle 2 list-server.


SIZE OF MOVIE WINDOW: 480 X 240 pixels


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