Thursday, January 31, 2013

Day 33, Photo-a-Day

We went to stay the weekend in Fennimore and drove to Prairie du Chien to look for the bald eagles vacationing along the Mississippi for the winter. We were lucky enough to come across as many as 14 eagles in the trees at one time!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Day 32, Photo-a-Day

Sometimes the morning sun casts a really nice, gentle light across the scenery that makes it beautiful... despite the dirty brown of winter.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Day 31, Photo-a-Day

In the winter, the fields are dormant and brown. Can't wait for spring and summer to bring some life back to our landscapes.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 30, Photo-a-Day

This hawk awaits any food it can find down below with its superior eyesight.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Day 29, Photo-a-Day

Given the right clouds, weather and vantage point... the winter sunset can be spectacular.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Day 28, Photo a Day

Both of these sunset images are from the same spot, just minutes apart. Crazy how quick the winter sunset goes. Though I don't want to say goodbye to the sun at 5pm, it really makes for a beautiful show.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Day 27, Photo a Day

As you may have noticed in past posts, I really enjoy visiting the Vernon Marsh. There are various entries to the marsh and each one is quite unique. This wildlife area on the east side of the marsh is quite wooded and just beyond the trees you will find the marsh and Fox River.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Day 26, Photo-a-Day

Like I had mentioned a couple days ago, I love to look at mature trees. They are all so unique. This one stood out to me with all the "squiggles" the branches make. It was also set against a flat, plain background, which really made it stand out.

Time to look forward to warm (stormy) weather!

How much do you love (or hate) Wisconsin weather? Enough to become a trained storm spotter for FREE? 

I have attended many of these classes and they are great for anyone who either just wants to learn about weather or if you want to help your community. Network with weather professionals and enthusiasts and get to know those involved in your community!! (If you've read my book, this was my first step in getting involved with MidWestSSTRC!)

Classes are starting soon!!

I am humbled by the reviews...

If you haven't been to Amazon to see the reviews written about Badger State of Mind, you can see them here:

I never expected my first book to be as well received as this one has been so far. It makes me even more anxious to get started on the next! I do have a few ideas mulling around in my brain and hope to start moving forward with something soon.

Thanks to everyone that has purchased or supported the book in one way or another. And thank you to everyone who has taken the time to review the book. I encourage others to stop by Amazon and write a review too! (You don't have to purchase there to write a review.)

Thanks again... This entire experience has made me so very proud to be surrounded by such great people – Many that I never even knew before writing the book!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 25, Photo-a-Day

I'm usually on the hunt for wild animals when I am armed with my camera, but occasionally I come across a domestic animal out and about. Whether this cat is actually domestic, I have no idea. But he was just as interested in checking me out as I was looking at him.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day 24, Photo a Day

Farms make up a lot of the landscape here in Wisconsin. But each and every farm has a different look. I love to photograph them and the land surrounding them. These hills and trees make for a fantastic backdrop for this farm.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Day 23, Photo-a-Day

I really appreciate mature trees, especially now that I live in a fairly new subdivision. I wish we had some around our house for the kids to play on and animals to climb. I love to look at all of the features they've achieved over their long lives. It would be interesting to actually be a tree with eyes and see all that has gone by in the many years these trees have lived.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Day 22, Photo-a-Day

As I was out and about taking photos today, I noticed a lot of black smoke in the sky south of me. Being the nosey person that I am, I drove as fast as I could towards it. It ended up being a barn fire in Mukwonago. I ran through a field in the sub-zero wind chills to get a few pics. Here is one of the photos and the story from

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day 21, Photo-A-Day

This past weekend, Waukesha celebrated their annual JanBoree, which included an ice sculpting contest. This sculpture honors the recently closed-down Golden Guernsey plant with the double-Gs.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Day 14 - Photo-a-Day

Beautiful Winter sunset with the silhouette of geese flying through...

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 12 - photo a day

I left work at 5:00 today and there was still some light! Barely, but it's a step in the right direction! :)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 11, Photo A Day

Today I found this gobbler on my way home from work. He was all by himself. In the sunlight, you can see a lot of pretty colors in his feathers.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Day 10 - Photo A Day

These photos were taken on the way to the Horicon Marsh area from around Holy Hill...

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Day 8 - Photo A Day

Today I was able to leave the kids at home and spend several hours on the road. I was able to take my first pictures of a Snowy Owl in the wild! It was a great day!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Day 7 - Photo A Day

My daughter and I drove from Waukesha to Johnson Creek, taking a very round-about way of getting there and back.