Last Saturday, we took some time to visit a favorite spot of mine, the Horicon Marsh near Waupun. It was a nice day except for the mosquitoes. I was on the lookout for birds, and this trip did not disappoint. This location has a nice boardwalk where you can walk out over the marsh and observe the wildlife. We saw a variety of birds, a few turtles, and a water rodent (probably a muskrat, but it was too far away to really tell).
The beginning or end of the boardwalk, depending on where you start…
It’s so adorable!
The marsh, along with a cormorant posing in a tree.
This Foster’s Tern is chilling out here, but when they spot something to eat, they nose dive into the water.
A pair of blue-winged teals.
At this point we were off of the boardwalk…and then there were geese. Lots of geese. The parents were pretty wary of us and there was some hissing, but we made it through the crowd without any issues.
Parfrey’s Glen is another scenic area near Devil’s Lake State Park. It is probably more commonly known than Pewits Nest. At one time this was a nice and easy trail with a board walk, but in 2008 and 2010 storms flooded and damaged the area. Unfortunately this means the trail is not as accessible for all people. Still, if you are able, it is worth the little hike to the small waterfall in the gorge. Just wear good shoes.
Starting with the end. This is where the end of the trail will lead you.
This is definitely a place I want to return to in the fall.
I made a recent post about taking pictures of the river near my house once a month for the rest of the year to track the changes through out the seasons. Before I posted the pictures, I had to do some editing because the originals turned out very blue.
I go through an internal struggle with editing photos because I want them to be great photos straight out of the camera. As you can see in the pictures below, that was not the case, and editing was necessary. After I made the initial post, I was still not happy with the coloring. I was also a bit frustrated because I didn’t have a program to open raw files.
I started experimenting with a free trial of some photo editing software and was very pleased with the results. Below are side by side comparisons of the original jpeg, the edited jpeg, and the edited raw file. My favorite is the last picture of the ducks. You can really see the true color of the mallards. They are one of my favorite things about living here.
The biggerized* versions of the final edits: *Google says “biggerized” is not a word, but I’ve been using it for years.
I don’t remember exactly when I wanted to start collecting glass bottles. I think it started when my husband and I went on a historical tour walk. There were drinks being sold in these lovely deep blue bottles. My husband got the drink, and I got the bottle. It was a win for both of us. Then, last Christmas, we gave my father-in-law different beers from World Market. I picked the bottles out because of the labels. After Christmas, we asked for the bottles back when he was finished with them (if he didn’t want them, of course!). This summer, when they were doing some cleaning, my in-laws came across this collection of bottles and asked if I was interested. I, of course, was. I love the different shades of these bottles, the different textures, and how they look from different angles.
You can see the full size versions of these photos here.
These are the bottles that we gave to my father-in-law for Christmas, that he so kindly gave back once they were empty!
A few nights ago, I was playing with lighting and taking some still-life photos. I was doing this on the floor, and I had stepped away to look at the photos, leaving the lights on. It couldn’t have been more than two seconds later when the cat, Elsie, decided it was a nice place to warm herself. I took the opportunity to take some pictures of her, and was surprisingly pleased with how they turned out.
Since I really liked how these photos turned out, I did it again! This time, I set up her little homemade bed in front of a light, I turned it on, and Elsie came to warm herself. I think the first picture below looks like she should be telling ghost stories.