Thursday, October 15, 2009

Last Week of Autumn Color

This autumn I took a week of vacation so I could work on my second full time job. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Tamarack Forest - Wood County Wildlife Area

Tree Skeleton in Marsh - Wood County Wildlife Area

Autumn Dike - Wood County Wildlife Area

Day before the moon was bombed - Wood County Wildlife Area

North Wood County Park Autumn Colors

Shore on rainy autumn day - Wood County Wildlife Area

Autumn Leaves - Wood County Wildlife Area

Forest Art - Dexter County Park, Wood County
"Photo was created by breathing on the lens causing a fog ring."

Yellow River Run - Riverview Park, Pittsville Wisconsin

Forest Abstract - Wood County Wildlife Area

Sandhill Wildlife Area Sandy Flat

Monday, October 12, 2009

Autumn Awakens

As the warmth of summer fades to a brilliant palette of color, the wilderness awakens. Birds of feather flock together, those less fortunate to flee the callous season to come begin to prepare for an uncharitable time. The sky filled with leaf confetti is only a reminder of the riddle of the past season. The crisp air is far from a hint of the fading summer as the first frost coats the autumn canvas. The first snowfall congregates the final full season of the year as it passes. Absolute as the season falls.

Sandhill Cranes in Meadow - Wood County

South Bluff and Meadow - Wood County Wildlife Area

Meadow Moonrise - Wood County Wildlife Area

Last Light - Wood County Forest

Autumn Fern - Sandhill Wildlife Area

Trumpeter Swans with Cygnets - Sandhill Wildlife Area

Moss and Leaves - Sandhill Wildlife Area

Paper Birch Sunset - Sandhill Wildlife Area

Whitetail Running in Meadow - Sandhill Wildlife Area

Autumn Impressions - Wood County Wildlife Area

Red Moon Rise - Sandhill Wildlife Area

Autumns Arrival - Sandhill Wildlife Area

Autumn Clouds - Lake Dexter

Red Sunset - Pittsville Wisconsin

Wood County Wildlife Area Moon Rise

Golden Forest Impression - Wood County Wildlife Area

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wisconsin Endangered Resources license plate

During this past week I received word that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources selected one of my badger photographs to be installed into the new Endangered Resources license plate running. Until October 19, 2009 the public is welcome to vote for their favorite plate designs. There are four total, the red headed wood pecker, great blue heron, blue bird and the badger are the selected species with a potential to be the next Wisconsin Endangered Resources license plate. I find all the plates to be wonderful and each has a great purpose -Protect the Endangered Resources in Wisconsin!

Giant Spider

Today I visited the North Wood County park near Richfield Wisconsin. My focus was set on the autumn colors around the Yellow River. After photographing a small creek within the park I began the hike back to my truck. As I tucked away my equipment I noticed a large clump of leaves slowly descending onto the surface of the forest floor. The scene was quit odd and of course worth a second look. I knew for certain that the size of the spider that could hoist a clump of leaves with the limb still attached to be large. Following the web I found this giant. The base of this spiders back was larger than my thumb, and leg to leg, all of three inches. Though I didn't have my macro equipment on hand I decided to work the scene with with my 135mm lens.