Tuesday, September 23, 2014

End of Summer..I Mean Fall Like in Wyalusing State Park

It was a pretty untypical mid-September weekend which included September 11-14.  With a high of 57 and lows down to 37 it felt more like October while at Wyalusing State Park.  The rain didn't help matters.  Mid-September is usually beautiful in Wisconsin but not that weekend.  I still managed to get some beautiful images.  The cold and the humidity helped produce the fog seen in the following image.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Park

Walking through the areas that Native Americans inhabited as far back as 10,000 years ago, it is hard not to wonder if this culture shared the same feeling that I did as I went through the area.  Magical, spiritual, and surreal are some descriptors that come to mind.  Filled with enormous canyons, it is hard not to feel small when exploring them.  Both glaciation and aggressive stream erosion formed the canyons that are primarily St Peter sandstone1.  Most of the canyons have active waterfalls, that vary in performance depending both on season and precipitation levels.

Lake Falls, Matthiessen State Park

During my stay, the precipitation levels and type varied from thunderstorms (that happened while shooting St Louis Canyon) to snowfall.  The temps were variable as well.  When I arrived it was about 65, the morning I departed it was 26.  Needless to say, it was well worth the trip.  Going when the weather is not ideal means very few people.  That is an ideal situation for any nature photographer: to be by yourself, listen and feel the nature and try to capture its beauty.  I hope I did it justice.    See the rest of the gallery here:  


Pontiac Canyon - Starved Rock State Park

1.  Illinois DNR "Starved Rock State Park." 27 Apr. 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

Perfect Pose

Across the room, intently looking through the glass was a jaguar.  It was in its perfect pose, just gazing out like it wanted me to come over and photograph it.  So when I looked I knew it was just a matter of time before all the children and surrounding families at the zoo would tap on glass or disturb it or aggravate it.