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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.


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.

Horicon Marsh Bird Festival

This weekend is our 20th Horicon Marsh Bird Festival. As we say “The birds will be here, will you?”
We are the oldest bird festival in the state of Wisconsin. If you are in the area this weekend come and stop by. Here is a link to our festival events.


Here are some of my favorite pics I have taken around the marsh.

In previous festivals we have ‘officially’ found between 119 to 166 bird species during the festival. The official list is birds located and ided during festival events (hikes, bus tours, boat tours and the big sit) and we maintain and update the list during the festival in the DNR Education center. That way people can stop by and see what has been spotted. Right now we have 4 Ibis on the north end of the marsh and we are hoping they hang around for the festival.
A great time for birders, nature lovers, and photographers. come and join us.

Light at the end of the tunnel, I think

Well I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Of course this is the first tunnel and I still have to get through a second tunnel. 🙂 In the matter of a few weeks I will graduate from Moraine Park Tech College with my associates in Business Management. It is hard to believe that 16 months ago I was just starting this journey of returning back to college at age 52. WOW. After the first few months the learning curve smoothed out from a vertical takeoff into cruising attitude. ha ha Then at the end of the summer I should start with my online college and work towards my bachelors degree. I have done many group projects for various classes including a community service project for a local art center and bought them two new laptops with funds raised. I have written one marketing plan for a local business and a customer service manual. Once this semester is over I will add an integrated marketing plan for a different local business and a group internship with my local library which I have created a Then and Now book for them. It will be added to the library collection. Another big WOW. And all this doesn’t cover all the regular group projects of power point presentations, reports and papers. Man that makes me tired and proud writing that all out. And to make my life even more interesting I am gearing up for the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival which is the week before graduation. The term “hell bent for leather” can best describe my life right now. 🙂 And to add the cherry on top of it all out of my 6 classes two are ending by April 30th and another two by May 5th instead of going full term to May 15th. The way it looks now (fingers crossed) as long as I don’t screw up my final projects I should get 5 As and one B. That would give me all A’s and one B for ALL my classes since I started in Jan 2014. That makes me VERY proud and abit stunned. I wasn’t sure how well I would do returning to college at age 52. But there is still some smarts and life left in this ole gal. ha ha Ok I have to do a plug for the festial. 🙂 If anyone is looking for a fun birding time in Wisconsin check out the festival. The festival is May 8-11 this year.(always Mother’s Day weekend) Here is the website  www.horiconmarshbirdfestival.com  We have boat tours, bus tours, hikes, guest speakers and children’s activities. As we say “The birds will be there, will you?” The photo at the top of this blog is a favorite. I love the humor of it. All the birds are looking to the left except for one egret. so it is called “Quick look. Oh well Charlie missed it again”

It’s baaaaaaack

Well it’s back. WINTER!!
We had a nice warm December. Which was a weird but a nice change for December in Wisconsin. I knew it couldn’t last but was hoping it would last just alittle bit longer. No such luck. 😦
We had temps around 32 degrees yesterday and we started off today at 28 degrees. We did get an inch or so of snow Friday night then we got another inch or so last night. Our last snowfall was back in November. We only got rain in December. Then the temps started dropping this afternoon. We are now at 7 with a wind chill of -9. The temp tonight is suppose to drop down to -11 with wind chills between -20 to -30 below. Yes those are negative signs in front of the temp. brrrrr Then it is suppose to stay in the single digits for the rest of the week. Then we are suppose to get afew more inches of snow tomorrow night.
So Yes winter has returned.
Time to get out the heavy duty lap rug and put on the flannel sheets.
Just checked and the temp just dropped another 3 degrees in the past 45 minutes. sigh now down to 4 degrees and a wind chill of -11.

Man I needed that!

It hit Oct 1st and it suddenly hit me that I hadn’t posted to my blog in some time. oops. Time has simply gotten away from me. Right now I am taking 4 classes and two of them are accelerated classes so that has kept me very busy. The two accelerated classes are Ethics and Human Resources. All four classes have group projects so that just adds to the time disappearing. But I only have acouple more weeks with my two accelerated classes then I get a break of acouple of weeks then I start my third accelerated class at the end of Oct and that will run till Dec. The third accelerated class is Sociology. Then you throw into the mix my part time job and you blink and a week has pass. And suddenly it is October! ha ha
This semester I am not taking any computer classes but I am using a lot of the technology I learned last spring. There are a lot of power points and acouple of newsletters I have had to do for various assignments.
I finally had a free morning and it wasn’t blowing, raining or just bad weather so I got out and did some photography. I went up on the north end of the Horicon Marsh and went around the auto tour. On the auto tour is a floating boardwalk and I went out and walked it. My photography club has a big assignment for our Nov meeting. There is a list of 12 locations and we have had since Jan to go out and take photos at the locations. One of the locations is the boardwalk on the auto tour. And I am finally finding the time to get some of these done. The beauty of going out this past Sunday was that it was sunny and zero wind. This made the water flat calm. I got some awesome reflection photos along the boardwalk. Some of them are almost an optical illusion. Hard to tell what is up and what is down. But more importantly I simply needed that me time to just mellow out and distress. It always recharges my batteries, relieves my stress and just plain makes me feel better getting out in mother nature especially on the marsh. And then to get such great photos on top of it all is just icing on the cake.
Here are several of my favorites reflections from Sunday.

My photography club will have an exhibition at the Seippel Center for the Arts in Jan and can each do up to 5 photos. I did have 5 picked out but I think I am going to switch out acouple of them for some of these reflection photos.
I hope to post more frequently in the future. 🙂
Enjoy the photos and I will update you on the classes in my next posting.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

I don’t normally do silhouette photos so had to dig to come up with these. 🙂
These are about the only silhouette photos I could find.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Textures

Here are some photos that I feel have texture in them.

Duck Jams

At Yellowstone Park they have Bear Jams. (a lot of cars stopping to see a bear)
At Horicon Marsh we have Duck Jams.

Last Friday I gave myself a goof off day. And so I went out birding and did some photography. On Wisbirdnet, an internet birding email service, there was a report of a rare bird being spotted on Dike Rd at Horicon Marsh. So I went out birding. I didn’t spot the bird at first but someone else had found it and pointed it out to me. I got abunch of photos. They were documentary only, not real good photos. But I did get this life bird. The bird was a Black Bellied Whistling Duck. The normal range for this duck is Northern Mexico and Tx and a small area of FL. And here is sat smack in the middle of Wisconsin. And I took some photos of the duck jam. The documentary photo of the duck. (look in the middle of the photo for the duck with a big white eye ring) And just for the cute factor I am throwing in a pic of a gosling (baby Canada Goose) eating a dandelion. Had a great time birding. And got some great photos. I will have to buckle down and start my homework for my summer classes this week.