The defining characteristic of the city of Oshkosh is its location on the short stretch of the Fox River between Lake Butte des Mortes and Lake Winnebago.
The Fox River was part of the waterway that had been used for time immemorial to travel from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. In 1831, as more settlers from the east began moving overland, James Knagg began operating a ferry just downriver from where Lake Butte des Mortes narrows into the Fox River. More recent settlers congregated further down stream near where the Fox flows into Lake Winnebago. In 1847, a float bridge was built at the site of the current Main Street Bridge.
In 1955, U.S. Highway 41 was rerouted to bypass the city to the west. This required the construction of a causeway over the eastern end of Lake Butte des Mortes. In 2013, the highway was expanded to six lanes and a recreational trail was included along side it. I cross the river on this trail several times a week on my bicycle.
When I made this image, the wind was blowing across the lake at a sustained 25 miles per hour and the temperature was hovering around freezing which created these crystalline bases on the vegetation on the shore.
Most of the overlooks only have the informational kiosks, but the one for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa includes a miniature version of the offering fire.
The center one is the Water Bridge that someone has attached this handmade cross to. A worker was killed when a crane collapsed constructing the bridge so it’s possibly a memorial.
All with the Variable Cuboid at 35, 45, 60, 100 and 200mm from a 6x6cm frame on Tmax 100 semi-stand developed in Rodinal 1:100.