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Bucky’s Reflection

Alumnus Norm Dulak ’66, PhD’71 combined his passion for photography with his undying school spirit to create a one-of-a-kind photo of Bucky Badger.

Wendy Krause Hathaway '04
August 01, 2010

The approaching football season inspired UW-Madison alumnus Norm Dulak ’66, PhD’71 to combine his passion for photography with his undying school spirit to create a one-of-a-kind photo of Bucky Badger.

After retiring more than a decade ago, Dulak developed a strong interest in nature photography, including the intriguing and delicate practice of capturing the reflection of flowers in dewdrops. But without many flowers left to photograph near his home in Maryland, Dulak decided instead to create a tribute to Wisconsin by substituting a Bucky mascot doll. He mounted the 11-inch high figure upside down on driveway marker stakes, and snapped a photo of its reflection in the dewdrop, which is only about 1/8th of an inch in diameter.

Dulak says the unique, final image required quite a bit of effort, as each change in height, distance and angle, with respect to the dewdrop, required precision and care not to knock the water off the blade of grass.

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