The main hall of Lawrence University as seen through the railroad swing trestle bridge.
Billowing cottony seeds from the many cottonwood trees along the trail fall like snow in the winter
Downtown Appleton, Wisconsin as seen from the Fox River Trail.
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.
Left all by myself to browse the library stacks at my leisure.
Enchanted Purple Temple of Bali, paper tapestry by Louise Petzold Bali, displayed in the Center. Looks like Lois’ artwork has some competition.
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.
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.
We learned that Wisconsin is the number one state in United States paper production.
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.
The city of Appleton, Wisconsin once again dresses up for the holidays with its Avenue of Angels.
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
Crafts taught and sold at The Gathered Earth included recycling various print media into holiday ornaments.
A felted purse seen at The Gathered Earth craft and gift shop located in Appleton.
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.
Many of Leonardo’s designs must have seemed complex and difficult to follow to the ordinary 15th century mind.
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.
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.
Leonardo designed the first ball bearing for a 15th century revolving stage production in Milan.
The da Vinci exhibit is kid friendly. Here a boy cranks the burning mirror machine while watching the effect.
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 was central to Leonardo’s inventions. His chain and sprocket provided speed ratios.
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.
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.