Friday, June 30, 2006

Sorry been busy with work stuff.

Getting ready for summer projects at the school. Hope to get some photos over the weekend. See you all in a few days.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

American Goldfinch

On the water. On the bay.

Joe the captian, fishing and sightseeing guide.

A view of the Lighthouse most never get close enough to see.

Being in the right place at right time is what usually gets me good photo opportunities. Today it got me that plus an afternoon on the bay fishing, boating, sightseeing and a little GPS navigation course.

I happen by the Washburn boat landing just as this friend was launching his boat. He asked me what I was doing. I replied taking pictures. He said want to go fishing? You don't have to ask with camera in hand I spent the afternoon out on the water fishing and snapping pictures.

Thanks Joe for the invite and the fishing trip.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

B, B, B and B

It's been a long week. The Mrs. and I have spent four long days getting ready for a yard sale. Today was the big event. We managed to "redistribute" some of our years of accumulation (sell junk). One man's junk is another's treasure as the saying goes. In the redistribution we made a few $'s to probably buy more ...... junk.

As I said it was a long week! BUT today, we were rewarded with four hours of great photographic opportunities the B, B, B and B tour. More below. Thanks to all who helped this week. A special thanks to B.S. for her help and company. The 4th B is for her...and me. I hope I'm finally off the hook.

1st B = Birds

American White Pelicans (7-8) on Chequamegon Bay. The land in the background of the second photo is Houghton Point just north of Washburn Wisconsin.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Indigo Bunting.

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak and the Indigo Bunting were photographed within 200 feet of each other on Altamont Rd south of Sanborn, Wisconsin

2nd B = Butterflies

These butterflies (still to be ID..... JennyR and RyanB). Notice the probosis (feeding tube) inserted into the florets to "drink" nectar from the flowers.

3rd B = Beetles

This small iridescent green beetle was photographed with a 90mm 1:2.8 Macro 1:1 lens. It's ID is forth coming = I'm searching the books. It was photographed on my wife's arm.

4th B = Bear

This was the prize of the day, the week and the month. I will now confess to missing at least three previous opportunities to get a "bear photograph". Two of the three opportunities occurred while I was riding with Spadoman and Mrs. Spadoman. Mrs. S hasn't let me off the hook about those missed shots .......until now.......I hope........but.....probably not. Boy she is tough!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Westend beach sunset images.

These shots were all taken within 300 yards of each other.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Fresh vine ripen u-pick strawberries.

Shortcake ready.

Waiting to be picked......and eaten.

One berry at a time.

Cultivating the 2008 crop.

Don Zifko and John Markus are proud of their crop and invite you to stop by and pick some fresh berries. Don's Berry and Pumpkin Patch is located at 27190 US 2 West Ashland, Wisconsin. 715-373-2053

Monday, June 19, 2006

This scene has always made me smile.

This little red two wheel Schwinn bike is 30 years old this year. It was first ridden by our oldest son who is now 33. Since then the little red two wheeler has been shared with family and friends. This is the first two wheeler many of todays young adult learned to ride.

Today it was taken out of storage cleaned, adjusted and had the training wheels added.

When this new little rider has finished and moved to a larger bike her brother will be next in line to learn to ride a two wheeler.

When he is done the little red two wheeler will go back into storage to wait for the next rider who needs a new bike to to ride.

Watching this today made me smile and it brought tears to my eyes. Thirty years ago we were the proud parents walking along side as our three year old learned to ride.

I think with a little luck and care this little red two wheeler has a lot of new riders in it's future.

Friday, June 16, 2006

St Cloud Mn. Munsinger-Clemens Gardens

Center garden area.




Mature Rose
Color everywhere! Plant labels to follow.

St Cloud Mn. Munsinger-Clemens Gardens (Part 2)




Bee Balm


Color everywhere!