Well, I have to say this has been a winter for the record books in Milwaukee, and not in a good way. It has either been snowy or freezing cold since late November, which has really put a damper on my photography. But, I found an excuse to bring my camera out of storage from when I moved and use it again. Even though the high today is 10, I went out to my favorite indoor botanical garden, The Mitchell Park Domes for the last day of their annual model train show. This year's theme was "Steampunk" which I only know about through a couple of friends who do this type of art work. If you don't know what Steampunk is, the Domes provided this nice sign as a description:
The exhibit seemed to focus on the Old West, complete with little industrial towns, bridges, tunnels and a train depot. The way they planted the featured winter flowers was interesting, too, making them look like pink, red and purple trees dotting the landscape.
I started out taking photos with my 35 mm standard-length lens, which showed off the Old West design nicely. But then I decided to switch lenses to my 200 mm telephoto lens, just to see if it made a difference. It really did! I was able to get close enough to make each area of the setup look like mini-landscapes and that's when the real fun began:
In addition to the train set-up, they had little vignettes around the perimeter of the Show Dome displaying the arts and crafts examples of Steampunk:
I'm glad I forced myself to get out into the cold to head to downtown Milwaukee and see this exhibit. The Domes always has such great displays, every season, and this was one of their best yet.