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 English as the “elegant or dapper skeleton.” She began life … Continue reading Everyone Loves La Catrina

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 of the state near the towns of Janesville, Milton, Fort … Continue reading A 2014 Calendar of Wisconsin Scenes For You

A Gallery of Flowers from Oaxaca / Una galería de flores de Oaxaca

I was in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico for a couple weeks in May. Here are a few snapshots of flowers that I took while there. I have tried to identify the flowers, but had no luck with two of them. Any help or corrections with the identifications is much appreciated. I hope you like them. Estuve en la ciudad de Oaxaca, México por dos … Continue reading A Gallery of Flowers from Oaxaca / Una galería de flores de Oaxaca

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 foraged for insects and whatever else they might find to … Continue reading Sandhill Cranes with Chicks Out for a Walk

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 need a long lens. The effective focal length for each … Continue reading Sandhill Cranes Tending Their Nest

Sandhill Cranes – Courtship Dance on a Cranberry Bog

The cranes and herons have returned to southern Wisconsin. Hundreds of sandhill cranes have been spotted near Whitewater, and great blue herons are now building and repairing nests at a rookery near Fort Atkinson. In celebration of their return, and the advent of spring, I am posting a remarkable set of photographs taken by my friend, Georgia Kestol-Bauer. Taken several years ago, these photos capture … Continue reading Sandhill Cranes – Courtship Dance on a Cranberry Bog

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 breathe. Listen closely and you can hear you heart beat. I took these photos in 2002, 2003 and … Continue reading White Sands National Monument