University of Wisconsin's Lady Liberty prank
Girls in kimonos in Japan
Traffic in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Waves on Ehukai Beach in Hawaii
(Courtesy Island Gal/myBudgetTravel)
View from the top of St. Paul's Cathedral
Dog hot air balloon in Boyce, Virginia
Base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Moai at Rapa Nui National Park, on Chile's Easter Island.
The Brooklyn Flyer in Coney Island, Brooklyn, N.Y.
St. Peter's Basilica, Rome
Brooklyn Bridge, New York City
Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, Paris
Oia, Santorini Island, Greece
Plaza de Armas, Cuzco, Peru
Piazza della Rotonda, Rome
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The University of Wisconsin students have a real sense of humor. Their Lady Liberty on the Lake prank is a classic image of Madison that has made it onto postcards all over the city. During the summer, I'm usually sailing on Lake Mendota, but when it's five below zero, you've got to take advantage of it, too. So one February, I decided to see it for myself. I took this shot from the Memorial Union Terrace, but I actually went out on the lake and took some close-ups as well. I know how deep the water is and it was completely disorienting to be walking on it. I've live here for 35 years, but sometimes you need to look at your own hometown through a tourist's eye.—Cliff Koehler, Madison, Wis.