Mallards

Yesterday I went to St.Louis’ Forest Park to try out my new Nikkor Z 70-200mm lens on some of the wildlife. The park has a series of connected lakes and streams with various types of waterfowl living there. They make a great addition to the park and good subjects for photographers. Here we have aContinue reading “Mallards”

Classic Boathouse

The boathouses of Lake Minocqua make up its character and this is one of the best examples. These types are known as “wet” boathouses because they are completely over the water. This is a nice one because it has three stalls, living/recreation area on the second floor and a cupola for watching lake activity fromContinue reading “Classic Boathouse”

Morning on the Lake

As things wind down on the northern lakes of Wisconsin, the fishermen still keep their boats in the water hoping for another opportunity to catch a Musky or Walleye. The Northwoods offers stunning sunrises and sunsets at this time and cool days at this time of year. This photo was taken before sunrise on LakeContinue reading “Morning on the Lake”

Minocqua Boathouses

It may have been the railroad that brought the first tourists to the island city of Minocqua in the early 1900s, but it’s the boats that keep them coming back. Whether it’s a fishing adventure, a run on the boards (water skis, In Northwoods parlance), or a sunset cruise with refreshments, visitors expect to getContinue reading “Minocqua Boathouses”

19th Century Marvel

Eads Bridge, built in 1861, provides transportation across the Mississippi River by car, foot or rail. The bridge itself made St. Louis the true gateway to the west but the engineering techniques developed in the building of the bridge led to engineering marvels that created the Hoover Dam, Panama Canal and development of our westernContinue reading “19th Century Marvel”

Spring is here

https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Galleries/Missouri-Botanical-Garden/i-wKGJpWB/A Happy Spring! While our local botanical garden is closed (but pictured here), I am seeing people out walking and enjoying the outdoors. In our area the cherry blossoms and magnolias are all open. In my neighborhood the streets are lined with flowing trees luring people out into the fresh air.

Grand Basin

This photo takes you back over 115 years in time. Forest Park’s Grand Basin served as the center of the 1904 World’s Fair. This body of water was surrounded by “Grand Palaces” that featured: Electricity and Machinery; Industry and Manufacturing; Transportation; Mining; and Liberal Arts. Beyond that is the famous Art Hill. Art Hill isContinue reading “Grand Basin”

Kawaguesaga Boathouse

The Minocqua – Kawaguesaga Lakes are dotted with these scenic boathouses. You can take a short walk to see this one. From downtown Minocqua follow the bearskin Trail across the the first two trestles. After the second trestle, continue another one hundred feet and look to your right. Continue walking to enjoy the scenic marshesContinue reading “Kawaguesaga Boathouse”

Lost Canoe Lake

Driving on the back roads of Northern Wisconsin I found a place to pull over. Following a trail to the water there was this small beach with these canoes. This is an interesting area to explore with hidden areas like this, scenic structures and wonderful small towns.

Last drop on Bond Falls

https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Galleries/Northwoods/i-BKNPS2x/A Here is one more view of Bond Falls in Michigan’s UP. This is the final spectacular drop of the river after a number of minor falls. You can see these upper falls here. I like this scene because of the nice clouds and the contrast between the wispy water and the trees. You canContinue reading “Last drop on Bond Falls”