Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Revisiting Favorite Places

June 10, 2013
A field of Lupine near Plainfield, Wisconsin.

A field of Lupine near Plainfield, Wisconsin.

I photograph what I know best, the landscape about me. Based on my knowledge of the area, the time of year and my best estimate of light conditions, I typically plan to visit a half dozen places during a morning’s photographic venture. I have visited many of these places multiple times before, you could call them my favorite places. I often take a new route to a favorite place and at times am reward by finding an additional favorite place.  Such is the case with today’s image.

The location is near Plainfield, Wisconsin not far from a Wisconsin State Natural Area containing a federally endangered plant. Visiting this SNA over the years, I began to notice this field of lupine becoming more impressive over time. Lupine is an important flowering plant in these parts as the Karner Blue Butterfly (a federally listed endangered species) is totally dependent on lupine for it’s life cycle.  Central Wisconsin hosts a health population of Karner Blue’s.

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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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UWSP Choirs Concert, May 5, 2013

May 2, 2013
UWSP Choirs Concert, May 5, 2013

UWSP Choirs Concert, May 5, 2013

I was contacted the other day by an intern with the UWSP Department of Music asking for permission to use an image from a previous blog post titled . My images are generally available without charge to local non-profit and educational organizations for promotional purposes.  I am also delighted the intern asked for my permission to utilize the image.  I am glad to know graphic arts students are taught to respect ownership of intellectual material. If you like his poster and want to contract for his services let me know, I can put the two of you in contact with each other.

If you are in the area, make sure to attend this concert.  I heard some of the program at . The concert is sure to please you.

 

St. Clare’s Hospital Chapel

April 29, 2013
St. Clare's Hospital Chapel in Weston, Wisconsin

St. Clare’s Hospital Chapel in Weston, Wisconsin

St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston is Ministry Health Care’s newest and is Wisconsin’s first all digital hospital. It has dedicated clinicians and staff who have developed a world-class health care facility. Other hospitals in the area claim to have a passion for excellence, but St. Clare’s has the data and national recognition that actually prove its commitment to excellence.

St. Clare’s sponsoring congregation is Franciscan (St. Francis of Assisi, Italy). Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called “Poor Clares.” When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, she was called to a life of devotion and to live a poor humble  life for Jesus. One evening, she ran away from home, and in a little chapel outside Assisi, gave herself to God. St. Francis cut off her hair and gave her a rough brown  habit to wear, tied with a plain cord around her waist.

The chapel at St. Clare’s is the essence of simplicity.  It is sparsely decorated but with a cross on either end. 

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Monteverdi Chorale – Song and Dance

April 28, 2013
Monteverdi Chorale, "Song and Dance" at St. Peter's Church in Stevens Point, WI.  April 28, 2013.

Monteverdi Chorale, “Song and Dance” at St. Peter’s Church in Stevens Point, WI. April 28, 2013.

This has been a busy weekend for us, first a fundraising benefit for the UWSP Music Department on Friday, then Monteverdi Chorale’s performance Saturday and Sunday. Cathy has sung with the Chorale for many years. I have had the pleasure of being a Board Member for the past three years, and President for the past two years.  Jim Carpenter is a wonderful artistic director and always puts together a great program and prepares the singers for their best performance.

This is a blended image.  I took three separate exposures in quick succession, then used a photomatix Photoshop pluggin to construct an HDR image for the back ground.  The fore ground was  blended in with a normally exposed single image.

St. Peter’s is a beautiful church with acoustics that is a favorite with local choirs. Today was the first time in my memory that the sanctuary lights were left on for a performance. The lighting not only shows off the beauty of the church, but also allows the singers to have a nice degree of separation from the background.

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Winter is fading, the ice is leaving

April 20, 2013
Last Days of Ice. Springville Pond, Plover, Wisconsin

Last Days of Ice. Springville Pond, Plover, Wisconsin

Springville Pond is a former mill pond on the Little Plover River in Portage County, Wisconsin. The image was captured just after sunrise as ice was giving way to open water.

If you cross Springville Pond on Post Road (Business 51) before trees have leafed, you will have a good view of the house Frank Lloyd Wright built for Dr. Frank Iber. According to a local historian, the house is an example of the first prefab design for Marshall Erdman Company.  I am told Dr. Iber wanted some control over construction but Frank Lloyd Wright was not one to listen.  Dr. Iber wanted to speak with the architect during his inspection trips and apparently had a standing offer to local children to be notified when Frank Lloyd Wright would pay a visit.  The architect apparently paid the children a higher rate not to announce his presence to the doctor. Guess who won and who remained frustrated?

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Marsh Marigolds Announce Spring’s Arrival

April 17, 2013
Marsh marigold along a small stream in Whting, Wisconsin

Marsh marigolds along a small stream in Whiting, Wisconsin

Based on the calendar, one would think spring starts in March.  Here in Wisconsin we typically see snow well into April. In fact we just were treated to an April snowstorm.  It’s actually Mother Nature who announces the arrival of spring.  We have been seeing her early announcements lately; the arrival of sandhill cranes, snow geese and the ever beautiful marsh marigold.

Also called “cowslips”, marsh marigolds are found in wet meadows, marshes, swamps and along sluggish streams. They grow abundantly in the wetlands around Stevens Point. The marigold’s bright yellow blossoms always brighten my day.

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

It’s common name “marigold” comes from the word marsh gold, an appropriate name for its appearance and typical habitat. Cowslips is said to be what happens when cows step on them on the way to take a sip in a nearby stream. Despite the plant’s common names, it is neither a marigold nor a cowslip, but rather a true member of the buttercup family.

Marsh marigolds only bloom for a few weeks. If you are in Stevens Point, take a drive on the rural roads heading north.  You will be likely to find marsh marigolds in the ditches and wetlands along the road.

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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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