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Earlier in the fall Mary and I joined our church family at our annual “Run Away”. At our church, Cornerstone, “Run Away” means retreat. It was in Grantsburg Wisconsin. On the way home, we ran into a couple of flocks of migrating Sandhill Cranes. Not the prettiest birds. Often the bright birds (e.g. Cardinals) are […]

Melanerpes Carolinus

In the midst of the Vikings thumping of the Giants, I noticed this guy show up. I thought it was a Hairy, put it appears to be a Red-Bellied Woodpecker. If so then he is at the edge of their normal habitat. It was about 5 degrees when I popped this. He was filling up […]

Winter Wonderland!

On the last day of the year, it is a bright and sunny December 31st. We’ve certainly had our fair share of snow this year, but I always like the way it leaves a fresh clean coat on everything. I’ve been working hard trying to capture winter birds. Our feeders seem to really attract the […]

Passing through

It is mid-late November and the Canadian Geese have been stopping in on their way south. Each week there are a hundred or so that pass through. I have been working hard to get some good shots. I’ve tried stalking around the lake, wading and even drifting across the lake in the Canoe. They really […]

A Nice Day Out

October 18th was a beautiful fall day. It has been so rainy that it has been hard to get outside and shoot. It has also made the colors a lot less vibrant than years past. When Saturday turned out to be a nice day, I decided it was time to add an early fall picture […]

From Italy to the North Woods

Last weekend was the ninth annual Giants Ridge escape. This year we did The Wilderness at Fortune Bay followed by The Quarry and then The Legends both at Giants Ridge. While not quite the Tuscan Hills it was great as always. It was a warm and dry fall so the colors were not yet peaking, […]

The first and last “mile” to Le Torri

Here are a couple of fun clips we made in our last day in Tuscany. These are the last “mile” to and from our lovely apartment at Le Torri. It was always fun (more for me I’ll admit) that last segment before we arrived, or the first segment as we headed out. It IS as […]


I finished taking a scan through the 1,100 pictures I took on this trip. I have uploaded four albums into my Picasa account and they are now linked on my Selected Photos tab. If you are interested, take a look. All thumbnails can be expanded.


Lake Como is much different than any of the places we have visited in Italy. It defies easy or simple definition. The surrounding area reminds me a bit of upstate New York with its deep lakes, steep inclines and dense vegetation. However, there are a number of differences. A few include: The Swiss Alps aren’t […]

Cinque Terre

Le Cinque Terre is made up of five ancient towns within a 5 kilometer stretch of coast along the Ligurian Sea. These towns retain their original charm and authenticity due, in large part, to the designation of the entire area as a world habitat site by UNESCO. The surrounding lands are a national park and […]