I had an ice Saturday. How about you?

Yesterday I took a little road trip to Door County in hopes of finding some inspiration for Week 4 in the photography challenge I am taking part in.  This week’s challenge involves the combination of a landscape and symmetry.  Alas, I did not find exactly that, but I did find some inspiration.

There are a lot of things to do in Door County, WI.  There’s plenty of food to track down and plenty of parks to visit.  There are several county parks and state parks within the county because the land basically begs to be appreciated in such a way.  If you’ve never been to Door County, let me describe it to you physically.  There’s everything from sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, wetlands, coniferous forests, lakes, and all kinds of coastline.  In other words, there’s a lot going on there.  That’s a result of the work done by the glaciers more than 10,000 years ago.  It’s unique and I love it for that.

One of my favorite spots to visit is Cave Point County Park which is located in the east side of the Door Peninsula, 25 minutes outside of Sturgeon Bay.  The park itself is located within a state park called Whitefish Dunes State Park (I told you there were a ton of parks).  The park is open year round and is home to one of the rocky shores lined with cliffs and one titular coastal cave.

The cave in question is quite the site, any time of the year.  The cave causes quite the violent splashes because of physics or something.  I can’t properly describe it other than it seems like the waves crash a lot harder and louder near the cave.  The whole shore in the park is hit by the waves of Lake Michigan all winter long.  When we have a real cold spell, like the polar vortex, it causes some real cool things with ice.  I probably shouldn’t talk about it so much as show you…

First, here’s a look along the shore of the park.  You can definitely see what I was talking about.  All that splashed water makes for a beautiful scene that even Mr. Freeze would be envious of.

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It’s all on there real thick, too.   The ice extends onto the ground several feet inland as well.  I had to be quite careful as I am terrified of water and the shore here is three notches more terrifying with the waves and extreme cold.

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The trees near the shore become beautiful hosts for icicles.  I saw the ice on trees right on the shore to all the way back 15-20 feet.  I’d imagine the high winds during the vortex caused the icy art on the trees farther inland.

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With all the ice and the sun shining bright, I had to try to shoot something that showcased both.  So, here’s one attempt at that:

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I also liked that one in black and white:

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Here’s one with a little more reference to where this was in relation to the water:

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And here’s what happens when you play with the white balance in post production:

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And here’s one more that I took at the shore in Bailey’s Harbor (20 min north of Cave Point).  I like it for the pattern and repetition.

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Thanks for humoring me and looking at these.  Let me know what you think.  My camera is an old one now and it still does a decent job if I know what I am doing.

Composition: Rule of Thirds Motion (Week 2 Challenge)

This one is up a little late.

Oops.  Life happens.  It’s been a busy week.  However, I was able to capture a photo that I think goes with the theme.  The idea is to use the rule of thirds for composition and somehow demonstrate motion with your photo.

So, here it is.  My all-time favorite subject doing is all-time favorite activity.  Houdini jumping to catch a snowball.  Seriously, there’s nothing in life that he loves more.  Honestly, action shots of this boy are some of the best things I capture.

So yeah, here’s my Dogwood Photo Challenge Week 2 selection:

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Here’s what I did last week.

Next week, the challenge is “Inspiration: Black and White”

4th of July 2017

This weekend, I took a little trip to Forest County, Wisconsin.  We stayed at a beautiful little cabin at the Camp 20 Cabins property.  It’s a wonderful place to stay and I’d suggest it to anyone looking for a quiet getaway.  I snapped dozens of photos and thought I’d share a few with you.

Here are some shots of stunning Lake Lucerne in Crandon, WI.   The sun was starting to set and it was flat-out beautiful.

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Oh and we saw the most American thing ever…. a bald eagle!

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Houdini Loves Snow…and His Frisbee

Today in Green Bay, we got a tad more snow.  That reminded me that I never shared this collection of Houdini photos I shot several weeks ago.   He loves running around out in the country.  There’s snow.  There’s squirrels.  The best part for him is that he gets to run free without a leash.   Here are my favorites from that afternoon:

 

 

 

N.E.W. Zoo Labor Day

Here are my favorite shots from an afternoon at the N.E.W. Zoo in Suamico, WI.  My favorite part of my visits to this zoo usually revolve around the giraffes.  You can feed them for only a buck!  There  were otters, raccoons, and some other critters.  One of these is an alpaca if I am correct.  Most of these were taken with a Canon 50 mm STM.

Green Bay Botanical Gardens (7/19/16)

The Green Bay Botanical Gardens center is the home of thousands upon thousands of beautiful flowers.  It is also the home of a dozen or so Poke-Stops.  They are well aware of their allure to the craze known as Pokemon Go, so they opted to drop some Pokemon lures for several hours on the afternoon of July 19.   I decided that was too good of an offer since my NWTC student ID grants me free admission.  I gathered some Pokemon items, caught a few new creatures, and snapped some photos with my camera.  Here they are…