Dapper lady skeleton dressed in a bonnet, feather boa, and beautiful pink gown.

Everyone Loves La Catrina

Every year during the annual celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, La Calavera Catrina resumes her celebrity status. This is especially so in the state of Oaxaca, where the cultural significance of the Day of the Dead is especially strong. Usually referred to simply as La Catrina, “La Calavera Catrina” translates into…

In the foreground a Chinese flag flutters in the wind looking toward skyscrapers in the distance.

China Galleries: Beijing

Several years ago I was fortunate to visit China three times. I made the trips in 2005, 2006, and 2008. On the first trip I was amazed at the incongruity between my expectations and the reality I found. Like others of my generation, I grew up during the cold war. I remember that my first…

Snowy owl perched in a tree branch looking at the camera.

Winter Birds

At the beginning of March I learned there were snowy owls not more than ten miles from my home in Janesville, Wisconsin. In fact, they had been here since November, and I did not know. On receiving this news, I immediately grabbed my camera and headed out to the solid white tundra that had been…

Along a very calm Rock River in Fort Atkinson looking east with the reflection of the sunset in the river.

A 2014 Calendar of Wisconsin Scenes For You

Dear Friends and kind readers please feel free to download my 2014 calendar of Wisconsin scenes for your personal use. The calendar is in PDF format and the images are suitably large for printing. Photos in the calendar are those shown in the gallery below. All except one of the photos are from southeastern corner…

A bumblebee perched on a chicory flower

Up Close with a Few Small Things

A little macro photography is always fun. Here are several photos of some small critters. There is one shot of Queen Anne’s Lace (without insect) that I have left at full resolution. You might like to blow it up to 100% to see its delicate details. These snapshots were taken in Janesville and Madison, Wisconsin.…

Sandhill Cranes with Chicks Out for a Walk

It has been almost three weeks since I last visited the sandhill crane nest featured in my previous post. Yesterday I visited them and found the parents and two new chicks out for a walk. (You may click on the photos for larger sizes. Apart from being larger, they are sharper.) I watched as they…

Sandhill Cranes Tending Their Nest

These photos were taken near sunset on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 on Jefferson County Route N between Fort Atkinson and Jefferson, Wisconsin. If you are in the neighborhood, you can spot the nest on the east side of the road. There isn’t much shoulder, so be careful if you want to take photos. You will…

Tundra Swans in a Corn Field

Two days this week (Saturday and today, Monday) I have driven from Janesville to Middleton, Wisconsin (about 45 miles each way) in search of a great grey owl that has been hanging out behind the Middleton Post Office for the past week. He was there on Friday and Sunday, but on neither day I was…

White sand with patterns - foliage

White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument is one of the most beautiful places on earth.  In direct sunlight the sand is as white as snow and is surprisingly cool to the touch. About ten miles from Alomogordo, New Mexico, the dunes are so quiet that you can hear yourself breath. Listen closely and you can hear you…