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Collecting and Planting Milkweed Seed

Collecting and Growing Milkweed Seed for Monarchs

Each female monarch butterfly lays one egg on an individual milkweed plant, depositing up to 100 eggs daily.  The only food source for the caterpillar is milkweed plants. For that reason, it is important to have a healthy milkweed population. Collecting and planting milkweed seed is a way to make sure we have a future healthy monarch population.
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Its Eagle Season

Profile of a Bald Eagle


Its Eagle Season

What does one do in winter to feed their photography need?  Well, in Wisconsin, I enjoy hunting down eagles sitting in the trees and fishing because its eagle season.

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Wisconsin Wildflowers and Invasives

Wisconsin wildflowers weeds and invasives


Wisconsin Wildflowers and Invasives 

Wisconsin wildflowers and invasives. Most of the photographs were taken while on walks along paths and through the woods. Well, at least I tell everyone I’m going for a walk. Really, I’m just exploring my options for photographing. Shhh! Don’t tell.

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Fields of Sandhill Cranes

Fields of Sandhill Cranes


Fields of Sandhill Cranes and a Stop at the Swamp

Today my daughter and I took a drive to try and find a piece of property I have been wanting to visit.  This piece of property that was looking for was swampland with public hunting grounds and was where my uncles and grandfather used to hunt during the fall.  It was a beautiful country drive with views of fields of sandhill cranes.
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Lake of the Falls

Lake of the Falls County Park Mercier Wisconsin

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The Signs of Fall Are Here

Canadian Geese in Flight

I’ve been sticking fairly close to home lately, I’ve been walking the trail system around the UWGB campus and made many morning trips to Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.  This isn’t a traditional year for me. Fall always brings a road trip or two, most of my yearly travel budget goes toward traveling for fall colors. But not this year.  I have my eye on an investment and that means I need to tighten the budget today for fun tomorrow.

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Ephraim Wisconsin Wetlands Preserve

Ephraim Wisconsin Wetlands Preserve


Ephraim Wisconsin Wetlands Preserve

The Ephraim Wisconsin Wetlands Preserve will only take less than 30 minutes to walk from start to finish.  It isn’t the walk that should interest you, it is the plant and wildlife during certain seasons that would nature buffs.
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Seymour Wisconsin Balloon Rally Glow

Seymour Wisconsin Balloon Rally Glow

Seymour Wisconsin Balloon Rally Glow

Get ready for the Seymour Wisconsin Balloon Rally Glow.  It is one of my favorite activities during Seymour’s Burger Fest and the only portion I take part in.
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Dune Thistle Flower

Dune Thistle Flower Wildflower

Dune Thistle Flower

 

Known As: Dune Thistle
Scientific Name: Cirsium Pitcheri  
Wisconsin Status: Threatened
Federal Status: Threatened

Dune Thistle

This thistle is so rare that it is listed both by the State of Wisconsin and by the federal government as “threatened.” Its habitat, the Great Lakes dunes that are also threatened.

I Find Them While Hiking Here:
Ridges Sanctuary Door County Wisconsin
Whitefish Dunes State Park Door County Wisconsin

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Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain Marquette Michigan

Sugarloaf Mountain Marquette Michigan

What a glorious view!  That is what everyone in your party will say when you make it to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.

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11 Must-See Lighthouses in Door County Wisconsin

11 Must-See Lighthouses in Door County Wisconsin

11 Must-See Lighthouses in Door County Wisconsin

Love lighthouses?  How about a peninsula that has 11 must-see lighthouses?  The 11 must-see lighthouses in Door County Wisconsin will impress any lighthouse lover or history buff.

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Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

Frog Bay Tribal National Park is the first national tribal park in Wisconsin and all of the United States. The property is owned by the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and has 180 acres, of which, there are two trails open to the public.
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Nose to Nose With a Raccoon

Nose to Nose With a Raccoon

Oh my gosh! How darn cute is he?
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Nose to Nose With a Raccoon

I was out laying down in the woods, dressed in brown and green clothing and covered in leaves, hoping, waiting and praying to lure in the fanning male turkeys but I received a little surprise.  I looked over to see two little eyes staring at me.  

I could almost hear him say, “Hey lady!  Occupied!”  

 

Guess you will have to wait on turkey photos. Yep! Got ’em too. It was a good day!!

 

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You Stick Out Like A Sore Thumb

You Stick Out Like A Sore Thumb

You Stick Out Like A Sore Thumb
Purchase a Print

Early spring there isn’t much color, everything is brown with a little green. Bored with the regular walking paths and nature areas I decided to take my neighbor up on his offer and walk their new property of 50 acres.

When you see a large patch of white in an area that has no snow, you have to investigate.  Low and behold – it isn’t snow!  It is Snow White though 🙂

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Sunday Drive in Early March

Caldron Falls Dam Peshtigo River Sunday Drive in Early March

I’m not sure about you, but I know for me I have noticed that life seems off balance.  My husband and I spend much of our time apart, due to our winter hobbies and work. We dedicate one weekend day a month together to reconnect. The pictures included in this posting are from our Sunday drive in early March to Oconto County, Wisconsin.

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Slugs

Slugs in the Garden

Slugs

Slugs create plenty of damage to fruits, vegetables, plant leaves and seedlings.  What does the damage look like? How can you get rid of these pests in your gardens?

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Old Structures Inside and Out

Old Structures Inside and Out



Old Structures Inside and Out

Photographing and exploring old structures inside and out is exciting.  There is nothing more thrilling than driving up on an old barn or structure that captures my attention. Well, except old vehicles 🙂  Some of my old building finds are located in the country and many times, right smack dab in the middle of a city.
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Old IGA Store in Watson Michigan

Old IGA Store in Watson Michigan

Old IGA Store in Watson Michigan

My husband and I took an extra long motorcycle ride from Green Bay, Wisconsin to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula a few years back.  We stumbled upon this beautiful old IGA store in Watson Michigan.

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Pressure Cooker Blueberry Steel Cut Oats

Pressure Cooker Blueberry Steel Cut Oats

Pressure Cooker Blueberry Steel Cut Oats

Man is it cold out.  The rain is bone chilling.  I don’t even want to be outdoors and that is saying a lot, coming from me.

I decided last week to go back to making all our meals ahead of time.  It saves me time, energy and money. Today, was the perfect time to start! I’m sharing one of my husband’s favorite morning breakfasts. Pressure cooker blueberry oats.

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Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Grilled Corn

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Right now fresh ears of corn on the cob are plentiful in the grocery store and along roadside produce stands. The price is right, too. Under 25 cents a serving.  Can’t beat that.  Normally, that means we would be up for hosting a corn roast & flavored butter with drinks at our house.  Due to scheduling this year, that might not happen.
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Wheels

Wheels Rusty

Wheels

Collection of old vintage wheels, I love to photograph anything rusty, dusty and old.

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Da Yoopers Tourist Trap

Da Yoopers Tourist Trap Ishpeming, Michigan

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Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

You can find red tailed hawks in every eco-system there is.  This raptor will hunt down voles,mice, rabbits, birds, snakes and squirrels. You can find them sitting high in trees and on telephone poles watching for motion on edges of fields.  Once the hawk spots its prey it will swoop down and pick it up.

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Safe Solution for Aphids

Safe Solution for Aphids

Safe Solution for Aphids

Every plant can have an aphid issue at some point.  Aphids feed on all plants and leaves by piercing stems and leaves and sucking the fluid out of them. Let’s find out what an aphid is and safe solutions for aphid removal.
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Hiking Crevice Rock

Hiking Turkey Run State Park in Marshall Indiana

Hiking Crevice Rock

The first part of this hike is a moderate 1.4-mile trail that offers beautiful views of the stone cliffs and excellent views of Sugar Creek in Turkey Run State Park in Marshall, Indiana.

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Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

I’m a person that likes to see and hold my bulbs in my hand when selecting garden plant bulbs. So, ordering my bulbs from an online source is out of the question for me. But, sometimes, it happens that I have to order online.  In that case I cross my fingers and hope I get good ones.  After they arrive I still go over the 4 simple steps below.  If they fail, the postmaster will get them back.
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Silver Spotted Skipper

Silver Spotted Skipper

Silver Spotted Skipper Butterfly 

 

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The silver-spotted skipper is the largest of the skippers and is most commonly found during the months of June, July, and August in Wisconsin.

They enjoy collecting nectar in open fields of flowers.  The skipper is easy to identify.


It has a brown body, with a few white spots and an orangish yellow band through its wing.

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Thunder Moon

First full moon of July is known as Thunder Moon Buck Moon & Capricorn Moon pictured is an Old Barn Photography prints available

Full Thunder Moon Rising

The first full moon of July is known as the thunder moon across the great plains states because of the violent storms that happen during this month.

In Native American Culture it is Called:

In Native American culture it has been known as the buck moon for it is when the most significant growth of deer antlers occurs.

 

In Astrology it is Called:

In astrology it is known as the Capricorn moon.

It really doesn’t matter what name you happen to call it by.  In the early stages of the night, it was huge, beautiful and I am thankful to have caught it on camera! 

Four Different Shots Expose for Different Elements:

The image is composed of four different shots taken on July 9th in Brown County, Wisconsin. Each frame was centered on a different subject to expose for that element and incorporated into one complete photo.

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How To Pickle Pickled Eggs The Easy Way

How To Pickle Pickled Eggs The Easy Way

How To Pickle Pickled Eggs The Easy Way

How to pickle pickled eggs the easy way.  This pickled egg recipe was handed down to me by my grandmother and I think you will agree they are easy to make and tasty!
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Handfeeding Chickadees and Nuthatches

Handfeeding Chickadees and Nuthatches

Handfeeding Chickadees and Nuthatches

The calendar states it is spring in Wisconsin, so darn it, warm up already.  Instead, we have 34-degree weather, with tiny, snowflakes drifting down from the sky every once in awhile.  My teens are off for spring break and our family had decided between work schedules and additional commitments, we were staying home for spring break.  This is not our family, is it?

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Wequiock Falls Green Bay Froze Over

Wequiock Falls Green Bay Froze over – the falls are located in a small county park just off the highway in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

They are the perfect, short stop off to stretch your legs after a heavy rain. The water flows extra heavy, then,  More often than not during the summer months, you will find a slow trickle or a dry bed.

 

In the winter, nothing short of amazing.  As the weather temperatures change, so do the falls. Each week brings a new sight for the senses.

Location:
If you want to see some additional pictures and or need the location read this post.

Additional Waterfalls I Have Visited:
Munising Michigan / Fonferek Glen Brown County, WI Video

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Mill in Cades Cove Tennessee Smoky Mountains National Park

Mill in Cades Cove Tennessee Smoky Mountains National Park

Mill in Cades Cove Tennessee Smoky Mountains National Park

Cades Cove is an isolated valley located in the Tennessee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The cove holds some historical buildings and an excellent place for wildlife viewing.

We went during early spring to get a jump start ahead of the crowds and tried to dodge in-between the rains to explore.

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1798 Rice Grist Mill Lake City TN

1798 Rice Grist Mill Lake City TN

1798 Rice Grist Mill Lake City TN

 

Rice Grist Mill Lake City TN. This 18th Century Rice Grist Mill was originally constructed in 1798 in Union County. The mill was later dismantled and rebuilt on Clear Creek in 1935, where it sits today.

The mill is a two-story log structure with a wooden water wheel. Water is channeled from the top of the wheel and pours over allowing the wheel to turn.

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Grand Island Michigan Ice Caves

Grand Island Michigan Ice Caves

Grand Island Michigan Ice Caves

Second day of our two day trip to Upper Michigan. Today we are headed to Grand Island Michigan ice caves and we have Green and Blue Spikes Of Kryptonite on our minds.  You can read about Day 1 Here.

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Toft Point for an Afternoon Hike

Toft Point for an Afternoon Hike

Toft Point for an Afternoon Hike

Greetings! Hope I find you well. Today, was an interesting day for me. I got a chance to drag my husband out to Toft Point for an afternoon hike. A break from the normal and sometimes boring walking trails that I walk. Truth be told; right now there is not a whole lot going on where I walk. I’m rather bored with the day to day walks.

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Canadian National Train Bridge

Canadian National Train Bridge

The Green Bay, Wisconsin Canadian National Train Bridge located in the middle of the Fox River. The bridge is moved by the railway operators when a train needs to cross the river.

We spend plenty of time on the water during the summer.   I have shots up for sale in my Fine Art America Storefront for The Leo Frigo Bridge, The Grassy Island Lighthouse Range, and an entire album just dedicated to Green Bay, Wisconsin.

 

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Door County Anderson Dock

Door County Anderson Dock

Door County Anderson Dock

 

Door County Anderson Dock is located in a quaint little village of Ephraim, Wisconsin.  Ephraim was founded as a Moravian religious community. The steeples of the Ephraim Moravian Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church-Bethania Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Congregation are the landmarks of the village. Up until 2016 Ephraim was the only dry municipality in the state of Wisconsin.

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White Star Psychic Church Brussels Wisconsin

White Star Psychic Church Brussels Wisconsin

White Star Psychic Church Brussels Wisconsin

Today’s topic is going to be a little different.  Something I normally wouldn’t write about, nor would I endorse.  And, SOME may even call me a little crazy for exploring; The White Star Psychic Church Brussels Wisconsin. But life is about experiences. Sometimes, walking in someone else’s shoes helps to understand and relate to someone else. We need this in life.  Who knows, you may even gain knowledge, understanding, peace and even comfort in an unlikely place.  Like this church has done for me.

 

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Fayette Michigan Historic Town

Fayette Michigan Historic Town

Fayette Michigan Historic Town

Fayette Michigan Historic Town –  is located on the southern side of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  It is located in Big Bay de Noc on Lake Michigan waters.

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Cardinal Wildflower

Cardinal Wildflower


Cardinal Wildflower


Information: 
The cardinal wildflower is a native Wisconsin perennial. It consists of many bright red tubular flowers. The tubular flowers are arranged in an elongated cluster.





The plant’s stalk height reaches 2-4 feet during the months of July, August and September. It is found in shaded areas along creeks, streams and swamps.

 


3  Facts About The Cardinal Flower

1.) The wildflower was that it was named after the bright red robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals.

2.) Flowers are primarily pollinated by hummingbirds.  Other insects find it difficult to navigate the long tubular flowers.

3.) The wildflower is becoming scarcer due to overpicking in some areas.

 

Additional Posts that May Interest You:
All Wisconsin Wildflower Posts / Flowers that Attract Hummingbirds

 

 

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St Coletta Jefferson Wisconsin

St Coletta Jefferson Wisconsin - Rosemary Kennedy was one of their residents. The St. Coletta Institute for Backward Youth in Jefferson Wisconsin most certainly has left an impact on my heart. They cared for children and adults that couldn't do it for themselves in a world looked upon them differently back in the day.

One thing I absolutely love about traveling is that it provides me with a constant source of education.  Over the weekend, I attended The 4th Annual Spyder Rendezvous in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin with my husband.  Heavy rain prevented me from riding with the group on Friday.  I admit it, I’m a wimp and my dry car provided a comfortable alternative for the day’s travels. I spent some time exploring St Coletta Jefferson Wisconsin.

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Sand Point Lighthouse Escanaba Michigan

Sand Point Lighthouse Escanaba Michigan

Sand Point Lighthouse Escanaba Michigan

Last year we had to run and pick up a part in Escanaba, Michigan, Since we were headed there already, we decided to spend a few hours checking out Sand Point Lighthouse Escanaba Michigan and the surrounding area.
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Palisades State Park South Dakota

Palisades County Park South Dakota

Palisades State Park South Dakota

Palisades State Park South Dakota is located on Split Rock Creek. In the 1870s Split Rock Creek was harnessed to power a large flour and feed mill, and a town called Palisades formed around it. I didn’t see any of the remains of the mill building in the area. Was told there is a small foundation left somewhere from it.

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Corn Palace and County Road Driving

Corn Palace South Dakota

Corn Palace and Country Road Driving

Where do our travels bring us today?  The town of Mitchell, South Dakota to the Corn Palace and county road driving. Searching for old homes on county roads along the route.  At our last stop a lady talked my husband’s ear off and said we HAD to see the Corn Palace.

If someone tells you that you HAVE to see something, there is usually a good reason behind it. That is what we will do. Punched it into the GPS and headed out.

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Badlands and Wall Drug South Dakota

The Badlands and Wall Drug South Dakota

Good morning!  Today we are heading to The Badlands and Wall Drug South Dakota.  I’ve decided today is going to be a good day for traveling and sightseeing.  Yesterday was just a slight setback and today is a new day.   You can read about Day 1 here.

We left The Dakota Winds Motel in Kimball, South Dakota at a little after 8 in the morning.  After enjoying muffins, coffee and juice that was provided by the motel for breakfast.
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Fonferek Glen Waterfall in Summer

Fonferek Glen Waterfall in Summer

Having some fun with my daughter! We love exploring together. Today’s exploration is Fonferek Glen Waterfall in Summer.

Location:
Fonferek’s Glen Falls and Park is located Ledgeview, Wisconsin. Four miles South of Green Bay, Wisconsin in Brown County.

Background Information:
This waterfall was created by Bower Creek tumbling 25 feet down the Niagria Escarpment. That cliff, called the Niagara Escarpment, is a geologic formation that runs hundreds of miles through the state of Wisconsin and beyond, forming a great circle all the way to Niagara Falls at the New York-Canada border. At Fonferek GLen enjoy a limestone- walled gorge with a stone archway.

Directions:
I-43 South Milwaukee exit to County MM exit. Right onto County MM. Right on Memory Lane. Follow the gravel road up and park up by the barn.

We put together a little video for those that may want to see the waterfall but can’t make the trip.

Additional Interesting Midwest Locations:
Munising Michigan / Wequiock Falls Green Bay, WI / Eben Ice Caves / Paulding Lights

 

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Red Columbine Wildflower

Wisconsin wildflowers weeds and invasives


Red Columbine Wildflower

Not exactly sure what draws me to the red columbine wildflower. Is it the curvy lines?  The color? Perhaps, because I see them selectively?

 

Known As:
• Red Columbine
• Canadian or Canada Columbine
• Wild Columbine

Scientific Name:
Aquilegia Canadensis

(Native) Family:
Ranunculaceae – Buttercup family

 

What Is It & Where Can You Find It In Wisconsin?
• A native perennial flower that grows up to two feet high.
• Growing along river banks & woodland areas
• Likes partial shade and areas of filtered sun.
• Flower has showy red and yellow petals and it’s stamens curl upward as it ages.
• Likes dry conditions, & sandy, loamy soils

Collecting Seeds
• Tiny, black seeds ripen at various times within the flowers life cycle.
• Collect seed by hand from August to October.
•  Gently tap the old flowering head into a paper bag.
• Seeds can be dried in open paper bags for about two weeks.
• Store dry seed in sealed, plastic bags in refrigerator until you are ready to plant them.
• Seeds will stay viable with this method for 3 years.

Bloom Time In Wisconsin?
• April to June

 

What It Attracts:
• Bees
• Butterflies
• Hummingbirds.

Native American Use:
Once the plant went to seed, It has been said that the Native American men would crush the seeds and rub them onto their skin. It was supposed to help attract love.

It is the whole LOVE factor that has me interested.  I understand the attraction to the flower.

 

 

 

 

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Old Farmhouse in Door County

Old Farmhouse Door County

Old Farmhouse in Door County

Last year, my daughter and I made a trip up to the hunting grounds in Southern Door County, Wisconsin to meet up with my husband and some friends of ours. The guys had obtained permission to hunt a deer herd that had become an issue on a piece of property with an old farmhouse in Door County.  The herd was liquidating the farmer’s crop fields and corn storage cribs.

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Yellow Bell Wildflower

Yellow Bell Wildflower

Yellow Bell Wildflower

In the wild, the yellow bell wildflower grows along riverbanks and other open, sunny areas with adequate rainfall and a perpetually moist substrate. The plants do not tolerate shade or salty or alkaline soils, and they are sensitive to frost.

Names This Wildflower Goes By:
This wildflower is known by the following names: Fritillaria pudica, yellow bells, yellow fritillary, yellow mission bells

Blooming Time:
The yellow bell wildflower is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the spring. As soon as the snow melts, they pop up.  The blooms do not last long.

What They Look Like:
The flowers have one stem with a solitary bell-shaped, yellow flower that pops up from a bulb.The head of the flower points down, toward the ground.  Occasionally, but rare, the stem might have two flower heads.

 

They grow rapidly, sometimes spreading 3 meters per year. They can be propagated from cuttings or by collecting seed pods.

Additional Posts That May Interest You:
Forget Me Not WildflowersEndangered Dwarf Lake Iris Wildflower

 

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Endangered Dwarf Lake Iris Wildflower

The endangered Dwarf Lake Iris wildflower is a miniature iris that grows nowhere else in the world but in the Great Lakes Region. Found only in Michigan, Manitoulin Island and the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, and the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin. It is especially concentrated along certain stretches of the Great Lakes shoreline.

Endangered Dwarf Lake Iris Wildflower

The endangered Dwarf Lake Iris wildflower is a miniature iris that grows nowhere else in the world but in the Great Lakes Region. It is especially concentrated along certain stretches of the Great Lakes shoreline.

Found Only In 
• Michigan
• Manitoulin Island and the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario
• The Door Peninsula of Wisconsin.

Where Was It Photographed:
This dwarf iris was photographed in Door County last summer. The Door County peninsula, on the lakeside, grow this iris during the late spring and early summer.  I love to go and hunt them down.

 

If I ever get around to getting my old photo files from previous computer (the hard drive is completely dead) I will upload additional pictures.  If not, there is always hunting them down next year.

 

Other Posts That May Interest You:
All Door County Postings
Thrilling Sound the Eastern Toad Makes in Spring
Artistic Collection of Prints for Sale
11 Days in South Dakota

 

 

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Butterfly Nectar Recipe

Butterfly Nectar Recipe

Butterfly Nectar Recipe

Butterfly Nectar Recipe – If you want to attract butterflies to your yard all you have to do is feed them. Either by plant or providing nectar for them to feed on.

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10 Wildflowers that Attract Birds to Your Yard

10 Wildflowers That Attract Birds to Your Yard If you want to attract birds to your yard and also would like to add a splash of color with flowers, might I suggest the best of both worlds? Wildflowers are native to the United States. They are easy to grow in most soils. They are beautiful and birds like chickadees, bluebirds, nuthatches, cardinals, blue jays, titmice, orioles and a whole slew of additional birds will visit them during the growing season.

10 Wildflowers That Attract Birds to Your Yard

If you want to attract birds to your yard and also would like to add a splash of color with flowers, might I suggest the best of both worlds?

Below are 10 wildflowers that you can plant in your yard that birds enjoy.  As an added bonus, they are all easy to grow because they are native to the United States. Most attract beautiful butterflies too.
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Steel Wool Spinning

Steel Wheel Spinning Photography

Steel Wool Spinning

For a little over a year now, my daughter asking every now and again to go out and try our hand at steel wool spinning. Secretly, I had also wanted to try it.

I was hesitant because I saw all the dangers involved.  Last night, I threw all my worries aside and we did; and nothing bad happened! As a matter of fact, it was fun!

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Locked on to Female Mallards in Flight

Female Mallard in Flight

Locked on to Female Mallards in Flight

Today, is all about the female mallard. Spending some time locked on to female mallards in flight.  Testing out some new settings. To see if I can capture excellent images with the Canon 6D.  I have been having issues locking onto birds in flight.  There is a delay between the camera and lens when capturing in flight images.  Today, I’d like to gain knowledge on how to make a solid connection. 

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Bairds Nature Preserve After Winter Storm

Bairds Nature Preserve After Winter Storm

Bairds Nature Preserve After Winter Storm

I’m NOT a winter person.  I don’t like shoveling. I dislike wearing white, chalky salt on my shoes; as well as on every piece of clothing I own.  I’m sick of my fingers and toes aching from temps below 30 degree F and I am tired of the thick, black lines of mascara running down my cheeks from my eyes watering from snow blindness.

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Menominee Michigan Icy Shoreline

Menominee Michigan Icy Shoreline

Happy New Year!  I expect great things to come in 2016!  I am not one for making resolutions for the upcoming year.  Personally, I believe they just set people up to fail.  Instead I’m setting goals.  One goal is to spend more time with my husband,  Exploring Menominee Michigan icy shoreline started the year off on the right foot.
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Wash Tub Planter

Wash Tub Planter

Wash Tub Planter

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Wash day?  Nah, planting day.  The old wash board adds extra visual interest to the wash tub planter.  Planted with yellow daisies, trailing vines, coleus and brightly colored pansies.  This space has light shade and all the plants are tolerant of shade.

If you plant coleus, remember they make excellent and hearty houseplants if you need to take them in for winter.

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Paulding Lights Upper Michigans Unexplainable Phenomenon

Paulding Lights Upper Michigans Unexplainable Phenomenon

This past weekend my daughter and I went in search of fall colors.  Which meant a road trip.  Darn, I dislike road trips 🙂  A friend told us while on our road trip to check out Paulding Lights Upper Michigans Unexplainable Phenomenon.
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Lambeau is Peaceful at 11 at Night

Lambeau Field is Peaceful at Night

Lambeau is Peaceful at 11 at Night

Last night I was a little restless. When I get antsy at night I have to get out and do something. Some people go to the gym, maybe dancing or go out for a drink. For me, I start looking for something to photograph. Lambeau is Peaceful at 11 at Night.

I had heard that one of the side construction walls at Lambeau had come down and revealed a pleasant surprise. With that information, I decided to head out and see what all the fuss was about.
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What is Eating My Cabbage Plants

What is Eating My Cabbage Plants

What is Eating My Cabbage Plants

Yesterday, I received a question in my Facebook inbox that included pictures.  It is an excellent question too.  What is eating my cabbage plants?

 

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Pottawatomie Rock Island Lighthouse

Pottawatomie Rock Island Lighthouse

Pottawatomie Rock Island Lighthouse

Pottawatomie Rock Island Lighthouse has been on my list to photograph for a while. But it takes two ferry rides from the mainland of Door County to get to, so I had been putting it off. Pottawatomie Lighthouse, is also known as the Rock Island Light was lit in 1836, it is the oldest light station in Wisconsin and on Lake Michigan.

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Munising Michigan Frozen Falls

Munising Michigan Frozen Falls

Munising Michigan Frozen Falls

Let the weekend traveling commence.  I needed to get away for a weekend and just be one with nature. I had heard that the Apostle Ice Caves were set to open this past weekend and I tried to gear myself up to take on the adventure. I only got as far as Munising Michigan Frozen Falls.
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Eben Ice Caves Eben Junction Michigan

Eben Ice Caves Eben Junction Michigan

Eben Ice Caves Eben Junction Michigan

Last weekend our family traveled to the Eben Ice Caves are located in Eben Junction, Michigan.  Eben Junction is about 32 miles away from Marquette, Michigan.  Our destination was the Rock River Canyon Ice Caves or better known as the Eben Ice Caves.
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Wisconsin Birds

Wisconsin Birds

Wisconsin Birds

This page will be a running list of all my small Wisconsin birds.  The birds can be found in your yards, gardens and around the woodlands areas.
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Tins Signs Advertising

Tins Signs Advertising

Tins Signs Advertising

Tins Signs Advertising Americana photography. Old advertising signs, old kitchen tins & additional vintage and rusty, dusty & old stuff I find.

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Rusty Goodness

Rusty Goodness

Rusty Goodness

Rusty goodness photography collection. I’m attracted to photographing anything rusty, dusty and old.
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Old Vehicles

Old Vehicles

Old Vehicles Collection

The Midwest is full of old farm properties and what I like to call the back 40. The back forty acres was just a place to store junk. That junk now treasures to few. Old vehicles, trucks, cars, and modes of transportation.

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Raspberry Torte Recipe

Raspberry Torte Recipe

When you think of a summer dessert many people’s thoughts go directly to strawberry shortcake. Growing up with a grandma that raised raspberries, we enjoyed this raspberry torte recipe. I am pretty sure each of the grandchildren has had the pleasure of eating this sweet and tart dessert.

As a tribute to my grandmother – I include the recipe for each of the grandchildren.
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11 Birds that Eat Oranges

11 Birds That Eat Oranges

Birdy, birdy here’s a sweet treat.

Sure to make you tweet! Tweet! Tweet!
11 birds that eat oranges!

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How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder

How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder

How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder

How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder – Reduce the chance of passing on harmful bacteria through the growth of seen, or unseen bacteria that is harmful to birds.
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