Da Yoopers Tourist Trap in Ishpeming, Michigan. My photography travels are experiences. Exploration and if you can grab a few laughs along the way … memories are made. Nobody can ever take away your experiences. Everything else can be stripped away in a heartbeat. Your memories and experiences cannot be taken from you. Unless you suffer from dementia – and then you have picture proof 🙂
My daughter and I are heading out to spend a couple of days in Upper Michigan. No plans, just driving looking to get ourselves into some trouble as I told my husband. Canyon Falls was a bathroom stop that turned into a hidden treasure. Continue Reading →
Spent the weekend exploring some of Jefferson County, Wisconsin as I have for the past 3 years. My husband enjoys attending the Spyder Rendezvous in Johnson Creek and I selectively attend certain portions and catch up with friends from the event. The rest of the time, I am out exploring the area. Here is what I did…
Last Thursday afternoon I got a text from my husband asking if I had plans for the night. He was asked to go walleye fishing after work. I replied, nope. No plans, but go I’ll make some now. It was a very warm day and we had an extreme amount of rain earlier in the week, so I knew the creeks would be running. Late in the day makes a wonderful time to play in the water happy as a clam with a tripod and camera.
Setting out to find the trailhead to the Parrish Highlands ATV Trail in Langlade County Wisconsin this morning. This is a trail system we have not ridden yet, but are in hopes of finding some good riding and fall colors.
Pristine raindrops gather on a purple and fuchsia veined clematis. I love shooting in the rain for the fact it softly blurs out the outline of objects. I spent a good deal of time thinning out my plants this summer. Now that I can finally reach the plants in my flower garden and walk around them, today is a good time to photograph the beautiful purple clematis.
Are turkeys not the ugliest birds you have ever laid eyes on? At least I think so. It is the face that kills me. A face only a mother could love. But, they are big, beefy and run pretty funny. The only thing I can say that is pretty, or should I say – pretty special is the way they fan their feathers during mating season, now there is a plus! That is a pure beauty!
I don’t sit and stay long in one place. I am a wandering fool. I capture what is in front of me, or what I happen to run into on my explorations. There is something to be said for enjoying a cup of coffee while sitting at the edge of a pond or lake. Nothing rushed, nor expected. Just out enjoying the environment and sipping coffee. Perfection. Bliss.
Bass Lake Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is a 142 acre lake that you can reach by road access on ATV or UTV in Oconto County, Wisconsin. You can also can get there by vehicle too. For us, we enjoy riding the trails and stopping off to fish for a few hours.
Be different so that people can see you clearly amongst the crowds.
The unconventional you don’t have to follow the crowd and do what everyone else has done. It is ok to be different. Be you. People often say it is perfectly fine to be yourself, but quickly raise an eyebrow when you don’t make the choice they “think” you should. Stop. Stop letting them have that power over you. They do not walk your path, they are not you.
We all have our own path to walk and trying to follow someone else’s will lead you to heartache. Follow your heart and path to lead to happiness. Even if you walk the path alone for a period of time – it will get your soul further than having to stop and redirect yourself all the time.
If you bend too far right, or too far left or stand when everyone else is sitting…go ahead. Be different. Nothing wrong with that. There is always someone out there to love you for being you. Always someone that will admire your strength, your courage and your boldness.
I was on my way to photograph the sunset along the shores of Green Bay which requires me to head out through the country roads but I didn’t get all that far. This splendid gray fox was ducking in and out of a few cars on a piece of property right in town.
Normally, I get ever so close to a wood duck in the wild and it rapidly takes to flight. I have been practicing the master skill of patience by stalking the drake wood ducks on a little retention pond down the street from my home. Hoping to come up with one, head on excellent keeper photo.
For a fun place to stop off at when exploring the trails in Oconto County in Wisconsin try Mountain Fire Lookout Tower in Mountain, Wisconsin. The tower has 132 steps and is 100-feet tall. The last original fire tower of nineteen. Still standing on its original location in the Nicolet National Forest. Continue Reading →
One of the largest issues that Monarch caterpillar larvae battle is aphids. Aphids compete for the larvae’s food source. Watch a video over the monarch caterpillar battling aphids over milkweed. Continue Reading →
Ever so often I get the chance to capture something extraordinary that is wildlife-related on camera. Let’s face it, Wisconsin doesn’t have items that are all that rare. But, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them.
Grassy Island lighthouse range used to be north of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The range was relocated by the Coast Guard Station in Green Bay, next to the Yacht Club grounds.
The grounds are off limits to the public but the public boat launch is right next door. Excellent view of the lighthouse, Leo Frigo Bridge and sometimes even freighters coming in at sunset can be seen from this location.
This print of the Grassy Island lighthouse range Green Bay was taken at sunset from the water. The print has a soft pastel glow to the sky and breakwall of the Yacht club along with a few boats can be seen in the background.
The print would make an excellent addition to any lighthouse lover’s collection.
One of my favorite spots along the Green Bay water shoreline to sit and think. The gentle lapping of the waves against the rocky shoreline and thick cover of the trees make it a natural choice to balance your inner thoughts.
It’s Raining again. Story of spring, really. In order for everything to grow lush and thick, we need the rain. The rain foils my birding plans and my walk though; that stinks. There is beauty in the rain, even if it does foil my plans. Just had to create a new plan of attack….
A snail just plugging along. In order to reach a goal you have to start somewhere and slowly work toward achieving it. I love watching snails because they move so slowly, but never seem to worry about the pace they are traveling at. They always seem to be focusing their attention on the journey and not the destination.
The image has one of my signature textures added to it.
Washington Island is about 7 miles northeast off the tip of Door County, Wisconsin. The island can be reached by crossing by Death’s Door in Lake Michigan’s waters by ferry from Ellison Bay at the Northport Pier. Continue Reading →
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?
Around a week before St Patrick’s Day common garter snakes emerge from hibernation in Wisconsin. Legend states St Patrick lead the snakes out of Ireland. Although, this is only a fable. There have never been snakes in Ireland, aside from zoos. Wouldn’t mind if this were the case for Wisconsin.
Feeding the need to hit the road – Today, that journey leads me down backroads Denmark Wisconsin. Once in awhile I happen upon an old building , structure or vehicle that will make me let out a squeal and scare anyone that is along for the ride.