Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Foggy Spring Morning

Past Sunday I woke up to a foggy morning - very unusual in the spring. Of course I had to grab my camera and go for a drive through the Blue Hills in Rusk County, Wisconsin. I love the soft shades of greens at this time of the year and combined with the fog - truly magical. I felt transported into a dream world where everything stands still. I stopped at various places and came across a whole "village" of plants covered in spiderwebs. I would never have noticed the webs if it hadn't been for the fog and morning dew. 
Enjoy this selection of photos and snapshot of a special morning.

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I posted a video on YouTube about the Spring in the North Country:


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Celebrating Spring


Today (May 12.) the first hummingbird showed up at my place. I had put out the feeder in the morning anticipating the arrival of a hummer - and there he was!!
After a long winter in northern Wisconsin - there are many first's. It's like experiencing a new birth, all over again. And it is these small moments that bring me the most joy in life.
The first Robin, the first swallows, then the Orioles and finally the hummingbirds.
In the woodlands the spring flowers or ephemerals are showing up: Bloodroots, Spring Beauty, Hepaticas, Trout Lilies and finally the Trilliums that can turn a forest floor into a carpet of white.
The first dandelion etc. and I could go on... with the first tick, the first mosquito and all the other bugs. Nothing is ever perfect.

Enjoy this small selection of photos that I have taken in the past 2 weeks (some are from previous years). I missed the Bloodroots this spring as it we had a long stretch of cold weather in April and the first part of May.
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I posted a video on YouTube about the Spring in the North Country:



Perfect reflections

New Maple leaves

Hepaticas in blue

Branch with new leaves, Maple tree

Sunlit leaves

Yellow Trout Lily

Spring Beauty, borrowing a Bloodroot leaf

Spring Beauty, up close

Trillium, close-up

New leaves

Trillium with a curl

Fern unfurling

Bridge in Irvine Park, Chippewa Falls, WI

Five Redwing birds in a tree

Hummingbird on a swing

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Morgan Falls, April 2021

 It was a cloudy, cool April day and a perfect time to visit Morgan Falls. I was hoping for a good amount of water but as it turned out that wasn't the case. It gave me the opportunity to take some close-ups of the red rocks and streams of water flowing over them.

So much has changed since I started visiting this place 30 years ago! Back then not too many people knew about this hidden gem in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National forest in northern Wisconsin. I wrote a blog in 2012! ( It was a magical place, especially in the spring time when the forest floor is covered with a carpet of woodland ephemerals. It is easy to imagine "little people" or fairies dwelling amongst the rocks and tree roots - if you believe in that! It still is a special place but for me it has lost some of the magic especially since the new huge parking lot was built a couple of years ago. After a massive rain storm (summer of 2016 I think) destroyed part of the infrastructure the place was shut down for 2 years! During that time several new bridges were built, the parking lot was relocated and a new trail head was installed.  Now many people are visiting so I was glad I had the waterfall to myself for a while to take photos to my hearts content.

On my way home I stopped at a lake to take photos of beautiful reflections of the spring forest/trees. Two swans came swimming towards me and added a special touch to the scene. The perfect ending of a quiet and serene spring day in the north woods of Wisconsin.

Thanks for viewing, Susanne

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Check out my YouTube video about this location:

Monday, March 29, 2021

March Full Moon day, 3.28.2021

What a gorgeous March full moon day it was - it started out in the early morning with the moon setting behind a barn north of Bruce, Wisconsin. We had received an inch of snow and it was cold and chilly with wind. I sure was glad for my snow pants, winter boots, gloves and hat. You never put them away until some time in May!!

And as I am writing this one day later it is 65 F again!

I loved to watch the change of color of the moon and sky from blue to pink as the sun was rising.

I continued on taking a short trip into the Blue Hills: Perch Lake (still had ice), Audie Lake - most of the ice had melted there, but the trees were covered with snow! What a pretty sight with the sunshine and blue sky!

And in the evening I went out again to watch the full moon rise. I didn't get a good photo right when the pink moon came up! At one point a thin cloud covered the moon which made her look like Saturn with his rings!

Enjoy this little moon viewing and the Blue Hills.

Thanks for viewing, Susanne

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