Yesterday afternoon I drove over to Olin Park to photograph the Capitol across Lake Monona through the falling snow, but something else caught my eye and I forgot all about the Capitol -- these spectral shapes emerging from the snow on the frozen lake. For a moment I had no idea what I was seeing. I seemed to be looking through the snow at broken marble columns scattered around an ancient ruin.
But the snow fence and the patch of open water already starting to freeze over gave it away. I had seen this two years ago (as a spectator, not a participant) -- this was all that remained of this year's Polar Plunge, Madison's annual celebration of arctic craziness for charity that took place last Saturday at Olin Park. Sitting on the ice are the blocks of ice that were carved out of the frozen lake to create the icy "pool" for the plunge. Congratulations to all the hardy masochists who helped make this year's event a success.