They say after retirement you get busier-yeah, right, except it's true. I had 7 days of "retirement" after the end of school, then quickly jumped into a new job as a wildlife technician for the Ho-Chunk Nation DNR. I love the job. For the first time in many years, I was working in the summer and yes, it did cut into photography time, yet also offered some opportunities as well. It seemed that working now pushed me to use days off to their fullest and sadly (for now) making pictures took a back seat. I think that will change as I get more used to this new role and set some priorities. There never is enough time.
I always call this post "Favorites" rather than "best of." 'Best' can conjure up some abstract judging criteria and I just don't want to go there-it has a place, but not for these. A good friend said photographs come down to what you like-what speaks to you. What follows is my year in images, more or less chronological, and mostly something from each month. Some are what I'd consider good photographs, others less so, but are here because they speak to me or are important.
This is always one of my favorite posts-maybe because I enjoy just sharing my pictures with the hope someone else will also like them. Some have commentary-others not as much. They are shot with my DSLR (Canon 50D) some with an iphone or Canon point and shoot-whatever was handy. Enjoy.
|Wedges Creek Ice Flows|
A strange image to start with? Perhaps. This was takes on Wedges Creek in Clark County during one of several snowshoe treks on the frozen water. There are high banks and rock outcroppings along this remote location in the county forest and discovering these little gems was a treat. The tannin in the rock and soil colored the ice and reminded me of a cathedral Antoni Goudi would have designed.
|Homage to Mark-Burr Oak, Agusta Wisconsin|
Of course my interests lie with the outdoors and wildlife and I happened upon this burr oak tree while traveling to and from a wolf ecology class near Fall Creek. My photographer (and biker) friend Mark Hirsch set on a journey a couple years ago photographing a burr oak tree near Plattville Wisconsin every day for a year-with an iphone. It's an amazing beautiful project. This tree jumped off the corn field every day I saw it and I could not-not make a picture of it, for Mark.
The Sweaty Yeti is a fatbike race our club has put on for the last several years-a fun day on awesome trails and it brings much needed money in for the trail system. Once the gun goes off, I have 3 hours to relax before the finish, and I love getting out with camera in hand to shoot some pictures.
|Arndt Road Crane|
|Lake Michigan-The Corkscrew|
|Fisher Ave Drainage|
|Homage to Douglas Beasley-Crow Feather|
|Last Day Eve-32 Years|
|Dike 17 Elk Pasture|
|Fisher Ave Drainage-August|
|County K-Black River State Forest-Lone Pine|
|The Pastel Glow-Townline Flowage|
|Sidewinder in Fall|
|Abandoned in Lehr North Dakota|
|Fire Sky over "USA Pond"|
|The Frozen Terrarium|
|Oxbo Pond-Super Moon|
|A Silent Stand-Wildcat Road|
As I look forward I've determined I need to feed my photography more-not in equipment or gear (although maybe a move to mirrorless down the road?) but in time and effort. I think I need a little project, a 365, a 90 day assignment, something along those lines to sharpen the eye and fuel the creativity and vision. I never know but look forward to what will find me.