Author Archives: Katherine Wikoff

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. My blog is a space for playing with ideas about creativity, innovation, lifelong learning, and the nature of "insight."

A Windy Autumn Day!

I actually prefer some of my other attempts in terms of composition, but in the end I decided to go with this photo because of that lone leaf whirling into the frame at the very moment I snapped the shutter. (Or whatever term is correct … Continue reading

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Texture – Damp Crabapple Bark

First of all, is it “Crabapple,” “Crab Apple,” or “Crab-Apple”? I grew up thinking of it as a one-word tree name, but I see it spelled all three of these ways and could probably find even more variants if I … Continue reading

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Evening Beckons

Seen as I was leaving work last night. This is the changing quality of light that people talk about in northern climes. At least some of what they mean. The light slants from a lower place in the sky as … Continue reading

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Sunlight and the Approaching Storm

Yesterday morning was bright, but by about 10:00 rain was pelting down. You can see the contrast in weather systems, as well as the strange juxtaposition of sunlight and dark skies, in this photo I took around 8:30 or so on … Continue reading

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A Perfect Autumn Leaf

Usually I am looking up and noticing things like clouds and reflections in office windows. But lately I seem to be looking down and noticing things like the sidewalk moss last week and this leaf today. I don’t think there’s … Continue reading

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As my half caf patiently waits . . .

. . . I’m crouched down on the sidewalk with my iPhone trying to get a close-up of this plush stripe of moss growing in between the cracks. I’ve tried several times to capture the lush, jewel-like green, but somehow … Continue reading

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Sensing Sunset

That moment of transition when outdoor light fixtures switch themselves on, anticipating the darkness.

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