Insight…more from Door in Black & White

•December 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Door County lighthouse...

 

Door County Wisconsin takes on a whole other perspective in black & white…still very beautiful but the contrast in black and white is spectacular!

 

Bruce's 1934 Ford "Pickmup"...

 

The Sturgis cowpath...

 

Sister Bay beach...

 

 

Thru the viewfinder…

•December 3, 2011 • 2 Comments

Retro? There are so many new apps that create a “vintage” look from a  digital file that I had to give it a try. Leicalady and I have several vintage cameras to choose from but I thought the old Kodak Duraflex might work the best…I concocted a cardboard tunnel that I affixed to the viewfinder. I then would focus my Canon D5 thru the tunnel onto the Duraflex’s viewfinder. Confused? Here is a picture to help visualize…

Leicaman in action...

After a little help from Aperture 3.1 the images really began to reflect the old “vintage” look! The first subjects were of course the animals of the Rockin’P…

Little Mini Mac...

Here comes Flaca!

Lucky the old goat...

Saddle Up!

Pasture ornaments...

More from Door…

•December 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Door County Wisconsin is a photographer’s paradise. So many great photo opportunities. Leicalady and I shot over 400 photos…these are a few of my favorites…

Sunrise over Lake Michigan...

Bruce looking for Swans at Washington Island...

Bay clouds...

Two windows...

Cana Island...

Beautiful beach...

 

Cannot wait to get back...

Welcome to Door County Wisconsin!

•December 1, 2011 • Leave a Comment

 

 

Door County Wisconsin is often called the Cape Cod of the Midwest. The 70 mile long peninsula juts out into Lake Michigan. Blanketed with five state parks, eleven lighthouses and 300 miles of shoreline, Door County combines pristine scenery with renowned galleries and shops, performing arts and beautiful accommodations. But the most important feature of Door County is that it will be the venue for Christopher and Annie’s wedding. That was the reason for Leicalady’s and my recent excursion over the Thanksgiving holidays.

After meeting up with Peyton in Chicago Tuesday night we made the drive to Door County with Christopher and Annie on Wednesday. Annie’s parents have a beautiful cliff side home on the bay with a magnificent view. We all celebrated the new engagement announcement with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner Thursday.

Bruce and Debby treated us with a grand tour of Door County on Friday and Saturday morning – what a treat it was to have the guided tour from two Door County veterans! The holiday made it easy to understand why Money Magazine named it one of the top ten vacation destinations in North America with over 2 million visitors!

 

Special time...

 

 

So happy together...

 

 

So much to be thankful for...

 

Morning sunrise…

•October 30, 2011 • 1 Comment

Wow!

This morning’s sky was beautiful. There was this aura about the colors that I did my best to capture. It is mornings like today that I am so thankful for being out of the urban environment…

False hope…

•August 15, 2011 • 3 Comments

Texas is in the midst of a horrible drought. State climatologist, John Nielson-Gammon, has declared the worst single-year dry spell in over 116 years. This intractable drought has had a significant impact on the state’s economy – losses are already projected at $3 billion, and they are rising with every day of sunshine. While agriculture-related costs are large and very visible, the lack of rainfall is also taking a toll in other areas. Lakes, ranch tanks and ponds are literally drying up! Wildfires have destroyed well over 1 million acres of range land (as well as homes, outbuildings, businesses, and other assets), and recovery will be slow without measurable rainfall.

Weather has always been a hobby of mine. I even took a climatology course in college. (40 years ago) I put together my first weather station (Radioshack kit) the first year Leicalady and I were married. When we moved to the Rockin’P I stepped up to a Davis Instruments wireless, solar-powered station. Anyway, Saturday evening I noticed that internet radar indicated some nice storms heading our way from the southeast. The wind picked up and I could hear thunder crackling in the distance. I grabbed my camera as I wanted to document the beauty of the Cumulonimbus clouds that were quickly forming…

 

Quite beautiful...

 

Unfortunately, the system drifted to the east of us – the Rockin’P did not even get a sprinkle! I guess we will have to hope for relief from a hurricane in the Gulf…

 

Jack, Joe and friends…

•August 12, 2011 • 4 Comments

Cactus Jack and Mesquite Joe. These two steers are something else…Leicalady and I were feeding the Ponies carrots last night when Jack and Joe strolled over to the fence. Now those two Longhorns had just been treated to a bucket of cubes and had no reason to still be hungry – curiously, I broke a carrot in half and carefully put it in front of Jack’s mouth. His long tongue came rolling out of his mouth and wrapped that carrot like it was birthday present and swiftly scarfed it down. Cocking his head, he appeared to say “another one please”. Jack, being the good brother he is, called Joe over so he could also savor this new orange treat. Joe obliged, so I shared a carrot with him. Their innate gentle disposition and intelligence seem to be a calling for Leicalady and I to saddle them up and hit the trails.

Leicalady has the experience...

Leicalady and I would love to clone them and have a big herd of nothing but Jacks and Joes. The horrible Texas drought will not allow that,  so Leicalady’s most recent piece of art will have to do. Notice any similarities?

Jack, Joe and friends...