From Hay to Eternity
Enjoying the light and shadow show atop the expansive ridges above the Mississippi valley. I am always awed by the scope of distance up there. They are a great area to catch stunning sunrises and sunsets too.
(1/55 sec at F 8.0, Iso 200)
St Rose Convent Chapel
I have lived a long time in La Crosse and never walked by this building until last Friday. What an amazing structure. I will have to check out the interior sometime soon.
(1/3 sec. at F4.5, Iso 800)
Neighborhood Meadow Lands - Paul E. Stry Foundation
An elderly couple, who had no surviving heirs, willed their property (About 3 to 4 acres) to their neighborhood as a public park. They provided an endowment for creation, management and upkeep. This section has matured beautifully and I finally stopped by for a photo session. Such a gift to the small neighborhood.
(1/30 sec; f 8.0; 200 ISO)
Monarch on the Green
Ruling it's domain
is this Monarch on the green
Pop Goes the Summer
While hiking the La Crosse Marsh I happened across this curious vision of a bloom. I must say I haven't seen it before, but I'm impressed with it's unique ways. Apparently it's quite common. I just haven't walked the marsh that much in summer.. It's called a Buttonbush plant
Whom do you prefer King Kong or Trex over yonder hill?
I don't know about you but neither would be a thrill!
Slithering snakes or venomous serpents crawl,
Pterodactyls flying and screaming their calls,
and there's the rain forest as foggy wet forage,
for creatures to big and lumbering to tame,
if just imagined it may seem sort of lame,
but either way I'll just imagine as a distant tourist .. ;)
Watching the Progress
Farming isn't an easy life, and it's one of the most dangerous professions.But I bet there are moments when the farmers look at the land they have tilled and enjoy a sense of satisfaction of accomplishment when they see the land bloom with their produce. I am personally drawn to the rolling contours and contrasting colors of crop rotation. And it looks so peaceful. at Chipmunk Ridge Road.
I am not a wild life photographer... but sometimes an opportunity presents itself to me which one can not turn down. This guy was on the side of the road as I drove by. I didn't notice him immediately, only through the corner of my eye.. I stopped and backed up, and yet he still remained. I took out my camera and snapped some quick photos. This was the best of the bunch in my opinion.
Rural Road Reconnaissance
While exploring some back roads in the Coulee Region I was drawn to this view. Obviously the dramatic sunset caught my eye but also the cool curved fence line and lush roadside grasses and the hint of a turn in the county road.
Basking in the Past
This old Chevy is catching some late evening rays which illumine a glorious past. This car is for sale by the way.. I didn't find out the price though. Maybe for curiosity sake I'll stop by again and see if the for sale sign names a price.