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Emerging Out Of The Mist

May 17, 2013
Fog sunrise

Emerging out of the mist

Central Wisconsin is often shrouded in an early morning fog. It’s beauty is often lost as most folks are simply not awake early enough to witness it.  The farm in the above image is located near Amherst, Wisconsin.

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Good Morning Wisconsin!

May 7, 2013
Crepus

Crepusculur rays originating from clouds below the horizon.

The above image is an unusual example  of crepuscular rays. The name comes from their typical appearance during crepuscular hours (those around dawn and dusk), when the contrasts between light and dark are the most obvious. Crepuscular comes from the Latin word crepusculum meaning twilight.

A key component for crepuscular rays is the casting of a shadow. The shadow can be due to most anything, typically clouds. The result is sunlight broken into darkened areas (in the shadow) and lighted areas. The above image was attained prior to sunrise with the crepuscular rays caused by clouds below the horizon.

The visible beams always appear to spread out from the light source. In the above image the rays appear to diverge  from the base of the silo.  When I noticed the crepuscular rays forming, I changed my position allowing the rays to appear to be related to the farm buildings.

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Spring is Here!

May 4, 2013
Red Barn in Portage County Wisconsin

Red Barn in Portage County Wisconsin during early spring.

Our snow has finally melted in central Wisconsin. Farmers are plowing their fields, grasses are beginning to become a little green and trees are budding. A few of use have runny eyes and stuffy noses (tree allergies) but all of use have big smiles on our faces because winter seems behind us. I am sure mother nature still has a few cold weather surprises for us but spring is here.

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Fog in Central Wisconsin

April 15, 2013
Fog in Central Wisconsin

Fog in Central Wisconsin

We had a snow storm yesterday that left behind a wet slushy landscape.  This morning was relatively warm leaving us shrouded in a beautiful fog. Driving was a little tense but it sure was pretty.

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Upper Sun Pillar

March 25, 2013
Upper sin pillar forming a 4th silo on a Portage County, Wisconsin farm

Upper sin pillar forming a fourth silo on a Portage County, Wisconsin farm

Plate like crystals

Plate like crystals

When conditions are right, tiny ice crystals fill the atmosphere. When these crystals are associated with thin high-level clouds they are shaped

like plates with flat surfaces on the top and bottom. These crystals then gently float to the ground. Just before sunrise, the sun is not yet visible but its rays lighten the distant sky. Far in the distance, the sun’s light can be roughly parallel to the ice crystals. The light is then reflected through the crystal to ice crystals above and below intensifying the light.

On a very cold January morning I noticed this upper sun pillar (the light shaft is above the rising sun) and then worked to find an interesting foreground element.

Do you like the pillar appearing as a fourth silo on this farm?

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Between the Terminal Moraines

March 24, 2013
farm two

A farm located between two large terminal moraines in Portage County, Wisconsin

The great glacier that most recently covered Wisconsin advanced from present day Green Bay and Lake Michigan to the central portions of Portage County.  A large terminal moraine running parallel and just east of Highway 39 marks the furthest extent of the glacier. The glacier retreated for a distance just south of Highway 10 forming a second large terminal moraine. The two moraines form a single moraine north of Highway 10 then join again near Plainfield.

The land between the moraines is special as silt flowing from the glacier as it melted filled the void resulting in a very flat landscape.  The area is heavily used for farming and several open pit operations remove the remaining glacial debris for use in construction.

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Not Your Typical Wisconsin Barn

December 26, 2012
Wonderful Murals makes this not your typical Wisconsin barn. Nelsonvile, Wisconsin

Wonderful murals makes this not your typical Wisconsin barn. Nelsonvile, Wisconsin

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Three Sheep

November 11, 2012

I love barns especially ones with hand built silos.  This barn is on County Highway BB in Portage County, Wisconsin.  It is perched on of the terminal moraine that runs just east of this part of the road. The base of the silo is built from field stone rounded by the action of the former great glacier that covered Wisconsin some 15,000 years ago.

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