Evening Delight

I was fortunate enough to witness this sunset. It just sprawled in every direction across the sky. Taken with my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8.

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Cave Point • Before the Thaw

This past weekend I was able to spend a night away in Door County! It was a much-needed break from the daily grind. On Sunday, I was able to shoot Cave Point. I’ve been wanting to get up to the Apostle Islands to experience the amazing ice caves, but it just didn’t work out this year. So Cave Point was a good alternative. I was happy to be able to play around with my fairly new Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. I am still getting the hang of this lens and I feel like I got some good shots. Also, I used the 50mm for a few too.

This has been the coldest winter on record in North East Wisconsin. I’m not sure when we’ll see ice like this again.

Yesterday

Yesterday I spent the day at my Grandparent’s house to celebrate my Gramp’s 85th Birthday.
I ventured out into the 5˙ weather and here are some pictures that I took.

DSC_2551The Old Barn
I grew up playing in this barn… now it’s a little dangerous as you can see. We are all waiting for the day when a big storm comes and knocks it over. Here’s an interesting fact… some of the large beams are charred and are burnt timber from the Peshtigo Fire in 1871.  The Peshtigo Fire occurred the same day as the Great Chicago Fire.

DSC_2543Chilly Sun Star
The barn picture and this one were taken with my Tokina 11-16mm. One fun thing about this lens is how it produces 18 point sun stars when used at a small aperture. I like it!

GrampsmGramp & Wilson
Here is my Gramp with his little dog Wilson. My Grandparents rescued Wilson from a puppy mill. Wilson is old and is missing a few teeth, but he is a perfect companion for them (besides their Golden Retriever, Moon Beam of course). My Gramp turned 85 yesterday and my Gram had a ton of food and of course a smorgusboard of desserts. I’m pretty sure I gained at least 3 pounds.

DSC_2557Moon Rise
As we were leaving, the sun was setting in west and moon was rising in the east. The sunset caused a gorgeous pink and purple hue. Glad I was able to capture this gorgeous moment. PS.. that dark blue through the trees is Lake Michigan.

First Day of Fall

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Charm and I enjoyed a brisk mid-morning ride today. We started out through the woods and ended up in the south field. There is a swampy area that we were overlooking and I had the opportunity to snap this picture with my iPhone. From my viewpoint, I could see the depth, shadows and hidden color. I used Snapseed and Instagram to bring all of these features out of the photo.

Then we cut across the open field and our trot soon turned into a gentle lope over to the road. As I looked East, I noticed the herd in the pasture saw us and were definitely curious and started running over to the near fence line. So I urged Charm to meet them. Again we loped across the open field to her herd mates. It was a fun little ride!

My visit to Rock Island, Wisconsin

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Rock Island Shoreline

This past weekend I was able to escape for a couple nights for the annual Washington Island trip with the horses. This year, Sofie and I decided that we were really curious about Rock Island and wanted to spend a little time discovering it. We were able to catch the noon ferry ride over and hiked around for a couple hours trying to soak it all in.

Cars aren’t allowed on the island, or bikes. So we walked with the other tourists that were enjoying the beautiful day. There is a campground on the island, and I would actually like to camp there sometime. They are primitive sites, but it would be an awesome adventure.

Here are a few pictures that I took during my short visit. I’d like to go back, and am trying to convince Adam that a night in October would be perfect (fall colors? yes please).

I hope you enjoy these pictures. It wasn’t the best time to shoot since the sun was shining high, but I think you’ll get a flavor of what the island is like. Please click on the picture for a better view.

A hint of fall.

A hint of fall.

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The typical trail on the island. Only foot trails, no bikes allowed.

The typical trail on the island. Only foot trails, no bikes allowed.

Fliterary Butterfly

Fliterary Butterfly

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Loving all the different colors and textures.

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The gate at the top of the hill.

The Island Boathouse. The first thing you'll see upon arriving at the island.

The Island Boathouse. The first thing you’ll see upon arriving at the island.

Washington Island in the distance

Washington Island in the distance

Gorgeous ground cover, including thyme.

Gorgeous ground cover, including thyme.. it smelled amazing.

Rock Island Lighthouse (Pottawatomie Light). The oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin.

Rock Island Lighthouse (Pottawatomie Lighthouse). The oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin.

The steps leading to to shore below the lighthouse.

The steps leading to to shore below the lighthouse.

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The top of the Boathouse, Viking Hall.

The top of the Boathouse, Viking Hall.

These Saddled Prominent Caterpillars are an invasive species and are defoliating the island hardwood trees.

These Saddled Prominent Caterpillars are an invasive species and are defoliating the island hardwood trees.

Fiery Searcher Beetle. This guy is also called the Caterpillar Hunter and aids in the caterpillar control. The only thing is they probably need about 10,000 more on the Island.

Fiery Searcher Beetle. This guy is also called the Caterpillar Hunter and aids in the caterpillar control.

More pretty groundcover with a rock hedge.

More pretty ground cover with a rock hedge.

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We are hiking back down the hill. It was around 2pm and a gorgeous day. Washington Island is in the distance.

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Trying to notice the little things.

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There really wasn’t a bad view anywhere.