× Expand Kristian Knutsen Gentle Ben dances × Expand Today's image is titled "Gentle Ben dances' and was photographed by Kristian Knutsen. The crowd was small but energetic around the Capitol Square early on Saturday evening for the Wisconsin high school boys and girls freestyle Nordic skiing races at the "The Madison Winter Festival mascot reflects the unique features of the event -- friendship, passion for sports and recreation, dynamism and enthusiasm in a direct, new up-to-date way," explains the official program for the weekend event in downtown Madison. "The visual nature of Gentle Ben represents the two outdoor fitness elements of the winter: recreation and sports." And as has been already remarked upon, he also bears a striking resemblance to the Hamm's Beer bear; perhaps his older and sedate summertime cousin from our neighbor to the northwest. This is the latest entry of Madison Snaps: photos of Madison-area events and locations. The send a message. There is no compensation for Madison Snaps photos, which are © to the respective photographers.