Glowing rose

July 20th, 2014

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Soft light from the early evening sun, striking a colorful rose at just the right moment.

Rays of light

July 14th, 2014

sunbeams shinning through clouds

Yesterday evening I biked around Lake Monona. During the entire ride, my eyes kept being drawn to the sunbeams in the sky.

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Orange hawkweed

July 9th, 2014

orange hawkweed blossoms

You see a lot of orange hawkweed in northern Wisconsin. I love the deep orange color, but sadly it’s an invasive species (also known as the devil’s paintbrush) that crowds out native vegetation.

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Biking the Bearskin

July 5th, 2014

Tamarack Trestle over the Bearskin Creek

I took advantage of the one day that was rain-free in northern Wisconsin last week, and went biking on the Bearskin State Trail.

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Mosquitoes and rain

July 2nd, 2014

If I could sum up my camping vacation last week with two words it would be these.

Mosquito biting a hand I have never experienced mosquitoes as bad as I did last week in northern Wisconsin. The heavy winter snowfall, late melt, and abundant spring rains created perfect conditions for mosquitoes and biting flies. They were relentless. I even heard that 70-80% of loons in northern Wisconsin are abandoning their nests because of the heavy infestation of black flies. Thankfully I had two good things going for me: a tent with a screen room, and some interesting bug repellent my nephew’s wife gave me to try. Made with only natural essential oils, it did work pretty well. I actually came home with less bug bites than I have from past trips when the bugs weren’t so bad. However, because there were so many bugs around, it really didn’t do anything to prevent them from buzzing around your head, in your ears, and trying to bite where the repellent wasn’t applied (like the top of your head). Trying to cook was the worst, as mosquitoes are attracted to the heat and gasses from running the camp stove.

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Streaks of color at dusk

June 29th, 2014

Lake pier with a colorful dusk sky

Last week I was camping in northern Wisconsin. Of the six days I was there, the persistent clouds allowed me to see only one sunset. That evening on Trout Lake, about 20 minutes after the sun drifted below the horizon, gorgeous streaks of color appeared.

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Foxtail lily

June 21st, 2014

Foxtail Lily

I love flowers that don’t have stereotypical blossom shapes. They almost look like they belong on an alien world.