Photo essay: Milwaukee River Greenway in white!
Story and photos by Eddee Daniel
On a winter day after a fresh snowfall, the Milwaukee River Greenway, swathed in white, seems more than remote; it feels magical. The Greenway, in any season, is a natural refuge within the city. When snow-covered it is particularly serene. How remarkable this is! In how many cities can you walk off the street grid directly into a river valley where you are literally immersed in nature, with few cues to remind you of the urban surroundings you just left? A place where you can imagine yourself far, far away. Almost as if you’ve walked through the back of a wardrobe into Narnia. We can do that here.
The Milwaukee River Greenway is a wondrous place and a treasure. A place where the wilderness in “urban wilderness” asserts itself. I’ve been exploring, both literally and figuratively, the concept of “urban wilderness” for many years. Thanks to the River Revitalization Foundation, this year I have been granted the honor of pursuing it as ARTservancy Artist in Residence in the Milwaukee River Greenway. ARTservancy is a collaboration between Gallery 224 in Port Washington and land trusts in the Milwaukee area. Watch for dispatches from 11 more ARTservancy residents in the coming year.
Let’s take a walk in a winter wonderland.
Eddee Daniel is a board member of Preserve Our Parks and currently serves as Artist in Residence in the Milwaukee River Greenway. His personal website is www.eddeedaniel.com. You can see more of his Milwaukee River Greenway images in his Flickr album.