Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

Tour guide- a person to take you on a trip to show you the highlights of specific location. Hmmmm I could do a tour guide theme for several locations where I have done photography. Newfoundland, South Dakota, Yellowstone, Gulf Shores Alabama or Horicon Marsh WI. For this week I think I will do Horicon Marsh. One of my favorite locations.

Horicon Marsh is the largest cattail marsh in North America. It is a Globally Important Bird Area and very important for migrating birds along the Mississippi flyway. It is 32,000 acres located in south-central Wisconsin. There are various roads in and around the marsh where you can view the landscape as well as the wildlife. The northern 2/3 of the marsh is a National Wildlife Refuge. The southern 1/3 is a State Wildlife area. Over 305 species of birds have been found on the marsh. And has become a magnet for birders as various rare species show up. (can cause traffic jams). It is also home to a large nesting colony of American White Pelicans. (top right photo) And in the fall you can get 100,000 to over 200,000 migrating Canada Geese as well as various ducks.
So here are some photos attempting to show you the various aspects of the marsh. There are many sides to the marsh. (birds, wildlife, flowers, insects, plant life and weather)
enjoy. And if you are ever in Wisconsin and like nature photography take a trip to the Horicon Marsh.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved part 2

The things we do for our beloved.
We sing for them
We dance for them
We will give them the shirt off our backs.
We dare them to try something new
When they are ready we will push them to test their wings

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme- Part 2

And here is my second variations. Like I said in my other post I couldn’t decide between the two so decided to them in two seperate posts.
This variation is also another hard one to capture. You also have to be in the right place at the right time. And that is foggy mornings.
Most of the foggy mornings are from the Horicon Marsh.
Enjoy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

I have many photos which express silence but there is one that is my absolute favorite. Silence can be deafening in it’s quietness. Standing in the road while taking this photo the silence was absolute. The snow muffling every sound, with no wind you didn’t have the rustle of leaves or the creaking of branches. You only had the snow falling about you creating the sound absorbing blanket. With the lack of sound you almost imaginged you heard various sounds in the distance but they didn’t exist.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Growth, going from one point to another in life leads to growth. The growth can be in spirit or in size. For this challenge I am focusing on the growth of baby birds. And they get older they start to look more like their parents. Alot of juvie birds don’t have the colorful plumage their parents have. The last photos the juvies are close to their parents in size but haven’t gained their adult plumage. And I tossed in a pic of a momma burro with her kid just for fun.
Enjoy.

the Horicon Marsh

Being a nature and wildlife photographer I love the fact I have a great place in my area. this is a short video that shows some of the fantastic things I love about the Horicon Marsh.
If you are ever in Wisconsin and like photographing wildlife and nature this is a must see.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorites

Favorite photos. This can be a tough one. Alot of my favorites are the ones I have just taken. But in reviewing my library there are several that have remained as favorites. They are ones I have named and have exhibited. Here they are and some info about each pic. (I probably missed one or two of my top favorites in this list. (the list grows longer each year)

Shadows of History – taken at Fort Morgan Alabama. It is a civil war fort. I half expect to see the ghost of a civil war soldier to peer around the corner of the door.
Blue Dawn – this was taken at Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge one morning. Dawn allows the blue light to dominate giving a serene feeling.
Reflection – also taken at Horicon Marsh. It was a flat calm wind and it allowed some beautiful reflection giving it an almost optical illusion.
Woodland Symphony – taken on a trail in Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores Alabama.
The Gaze – taken near Fox Lake, Wisconsin. A snowy owl had taken up residence for the winter close to the road leading to some great photo ops.
Remembrance – taken at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C.
Ghostly Dawn – also take at Horicon Marsh. The fog was still thick but the sun was bright and created some unique lighting.
Still Watch – at the Horicon Marsh. Also taken just after dawn when it was flat calm and you had the blue light.
The Miss – A great Grey Owl in Northern Wisconsin diving for a unseen sound in the snow next to my car door. (it didn’t get the mouse?)
Snowy Road – taken just after a sudden snowfall blew through near LaCrosse Wisconsin.
Breaking Dawn – at times you can get a brilliant orange light at dawn instead of the blue. With the fog it created a dramatic photo.
Robert Frost Road – this is my absolute favorite. It was snowing and it was on a Rustic Road near Portage Wisconsin. It is the living image of the Robert Frost poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. Especially the three lines
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,