Capitol Square

White Capitol © 2008 Bo Mackison

Wisconsin State Capitol Building on the Capitol Square in downtown Madison.

The building is a geographical one-of-a-kind. It’s the only Capitol Building to be built on an isthmus in the world.
Does everyone remember what an isthmus is from 5th grade geography? Hmmm.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Barbara, this is really a wonderful photo! Is it a true black and white or am I imagining it because of the snow and the contrast level? It’s stunning either way.

  2. Jules: black and white, thanks for the comment. Photography is so meaning-making when others appreciate.

  3. What a grand old affair, that building is. And you frame it perfectly with the ice and the dark, handsome trees.

  4. I do know what an isthmus is.

  5. I love black and white photos, and this one is wonderful!

  6. ladypercy says:

    *I* know what an Isthmus is. *nods* I love the contrast between the snow and the trees. Great Shot.

  7. Such an amazing shot! WOW

  8. That’s really pretty! The contrasts are great, yet the shading of the building stands out.

  9. Very nice Barb, the contrast between the snow and trees is really amazing, this is a perfect subject for a b&w conversion, well done 🙂

  10. Very beautiful; lovely composition and treatment as well

  11. Do you live in Madison or are you just visiting? How I envy you if you do :p, what a lovely sight! Love the monochromatic look, it’s dramatic and perfect for winter landscapes 🙂

    (Thank you so much for your comment, I’d have thanked you sooner but exams kept really busy.)

  12. nice composition

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