Photo a Day Challenge

Appleton

School Days

School Days

The main hall of Lawrence University as seen through the railroad swing trestle bridge.


Shake It Out

Shake It Out

Billowing cottony seeds from the many cottonwood trees along the trail fall like snow in the winter


Hometown Glory

Hometown Glory

Downtown Appleton, Wisconsin as seen from the Fox River Trail.


Night Fever

Night Fever

Glowing neon signs lit up the night advertising shops, restaurants, beer brands, auto dealerships and fraternal lodges in earlier decades before the era of LEDs and flat screens.  A collection of neon signs owned by Jed Schleisner of Greenville, WI, is on display at Appleton’s Castle Museum.


All By Myself

All by myself

Left all by myself  to browse the library stacks at my leisure.


Tapestry

Tapestry

 

Enchanted Purple Temple of Bali, paper tapestry by Louise Petzold Bali, displayed in the Center.  Looks like Lois’ artwork has some competition.

 


Strange Brew

Strange Brew

 

Lois  created this priceless work of art on paper she recycled in an electric blender in the children’s lab. Here she is blotter drying her project before placing it into a press and then into an electric drier.


Great Pretender

Great Pretender

 

A paper flower made from recycled paper found in the center’s children’s lab pretends to thrive in the sunlight as the Fox River flows by in the background.

 


Nobody Does It Better

Nobody Does It Bettet

 

We learned that Wisconsin is the number one state in United States paper production.


Teach Your Children

Teach the Children

The Paper Discovery Center, located in the old Atlas paper mill building in Appleton, WI, offers children the opportunity to learn about paper making, a very important industry in the Fox Valley.  The center contains displays, models, simple hands-on working machines as well as a lab where they can make their own recycled paper.


City

City

 

The city of Appleton, Wisconsin once again dresses up for the holidays with its Avenue of Angels.


Religion

Religion

 

So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you — Jesus Christ


Paper

Paper

 

Crafts taught and sold at The Gathered Earth included recycling various print media into holiday ornaments.


Purse

Purse

A felted purse seen at The Gathered Earth craft and gift shop located in Appleton.


Tranquil

Tranquil

We left the TR3 sniffing flowers in the parking area and enjoyed a leisure walk through the tranquil maze of Butterfly Gardens of WI, located a few miles north of Appleton.


Convoluted

Convoluted

Many of Leonardo’s designs must have seemed complex and difficult to follow to the ordinary 15th century mind.


An Edge

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Leonardo sought “an edge” over military enemies when he designed a “bombard” to fire deadly exploding shells that fired flaming iron fragments instead of stone balls.  The canon uses a crank worm screw to change aim and trajectory.

 

 

 


Fan

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This design fans out ten gun barrels which appear to be loaded through the small door at the rear (breech loading).  Breech loading machine guns didn’t appear until the U.S. Civil War four centuries later.


Ball

Ball

Leonardo designed the first ball bearing for a 15th century revolving stage production in Milan.


Kids

Kids

The da Vinci exhibit is kid friendly.  Here a boy cranks the burning mirror machine while watching the effect.


Fire

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The burning mirror machine uses gears to rotate a stone grinder and a horizontal mirror simultaneously.  The machine was used by artisans for welding and perhaps also intended for setting enemy ships afire.


Movement

Movement

Movement was central to Leonardo’s inventions.  His chain and sprocket provided speed ratios.

 


Creativity

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Leonardo Da Vinci was not only a highly creative artist, but also a very logical and precise engineer and scientist.  He invented the “exploded drawing” to isolate and emphasize the different parts as seen for this machine that changes the axis of rotation.  Reminds us of an auto’s driveshaft, differential, and rear axel.

 


Notebook

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Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks are filled with sketches of machines he designed. This machine was used to lift heavy pillars and obelisks. Gearwheels, lantern pinions, and worm screws are all part of the design.

http://www.biography.com/people/leonardo-da-vinci-40396