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…

Guelaguetza en Oaxaca 2012 – calenda 28 de julio

(English version follows below) Aquí se encuentra una galería de más de cien fotos dedicada a los participantes de la calenda de guelaguetza que sucedió en la ciudad de Oaxaca el día 28 de julio, 2012.  Todas las fotos se pueden copiar libremente para uso personal. Para cualquier otro uso, que me contacten por favor.…

Guelaguetza en Oaxaca 2012 – calenda 21 de julio

Aquí se encuentra una galería de fotos dedicada a los participantes que marcharon en la calenda de guelaguetza en la ciudad de Oaxaca el día 21 de julio de 2012. La galería contiene más de cien fotos, la mayoría de las cuales son retratos individuales. Hay varias que no son perfectamente sacadas, pero las incluí…

Downtown Janesville, Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Gorgeous Fall Colors

Fall colors here in southeastern Wisconsin have surprised everyone this year. Now past peak color, the countryside sparkled with bright yellows and golds. The dark red and umber of sumac adorned many hillsides along the edge of forests. In the towns, the maples were magnificent in their display of red and gold.  Local wisdom claims…

Marsh grass foreground, tall trees with nests in the background

Heron Chicks Trying Out Their Wings

Chicks at the local heron rookery are looking more and more like adults, but they still lack adult plumage as well as the ability to fly. Just like the chicks, the grass in the approach to the nesting area is growing rapidly. In the last week it has grown another foot and is now over…

Two heron chicks in their nest.

This Week at the Heron Rookery

At the local heron rookery the chicks are growing at a phenomenal rate. How three or four chicks manage to stay in their nests without pushing their siblings out is a mystery to me. It is increasingly difficult to approach the rookery through the tall grasses. Much of the grass is now five feet tall.…

Heron chick in nest with parent standing.

Heron Chicks at the Rookery

Out at the local heron rookery lots of new families are busy with little ones. Here are two photos of heron chicks that were taken in the last week. Be sure to click on the photos for larger sizes. I hope you like them. (For those interested, these photos were taken with a Canon 40D…

Heron landing at nest - blue sky in background

Heron Rookery – First Attempt

I just discovered a heron rookery not too far from Janesville, Wisconsin. I was there by 9:00 a.m. this morning, but the birds were already settling in for the day. There wasn’t too much activity. I’ll go again tomorrow morning if the weather is good and I’ll try to get there earlier than today. The…

An assembly of clay sculptures of migrants standing in front of 17th century church in Oaxaca

2501 Migrants

We like to say that the United States is a land of immigrants. Yet few of us, including myself, have ever lived the life of an immigrant and, it is unlikely that we ever will. Most of us will never experience what it is like to be a migrant. Nor will we know what it…

Vibrant red sunset with farm buildings in silhouette

A 2012 Wisconsin Calendar For You

Dear friends, colleagues, and all of good faith and cheer, feel free to download and print my 2012 Wisconsin Scenes Calendar for your personal use. For uses other than personal, please contact me. The calendar is in pdf format. It is approximately 9.5 MB in size, so it may take a some time to download.…

Fall colors in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Fall Colors

Fall colors arrived late this year in southeastern Wisconsin. At first it looked as if it would be another drab year, but after the 15th of October the maples (which had been green up until that point) changed rapidly in a wonderful display of red and gold. Below are three snapshots from the area. Click…