Every once in a while I like to take a walk along a river. My river of choice is the Wisconsin which flows for 500 miles from Land O Lakes up north on the border with Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Prairie du Chen on the Mississippi. This river amazes me in ways that might seem odd to some people. It never stops to inspire.
I caught these leaves on the Cedar Creek Trail in Rothschild, WI just south of the Domtar Dam. In one spot, I could find so many possibilities. It really is amazing what a simple macro lens like the 60 mm Micro-Nikkor f2.8D could capture. The way the light fell on these young oak trees fascinated me. With the river in the background, I was able to capture the effect of the changing season with a shallow depth of field.
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I have often ventured in to Mosinee on a number of different occasions throughout the year. Most of my readers might have seen my other blogs like Mosinee in the Mist. Mosinee has more frontage on the Wisconsin River than many of the larger cities like Wausau or Stevens Point. The river adds character Mosinee. With Mosinee Papers now known as Expiron, this city is a mill town. It is the southernmost community in the Wausau Metro Area and it is on the Metro Marathon County bike route system.
I ride with my eyes wide open. I can see things that others miss. Mosinee struggles with attracting customers to local businesses in its downtown. For too long, it has been seen as place that you just have to go through to get someplace else. State Highway 153 is often seen as a route to get from the interstate to places like Marshfield. There is a lot right here for people to stop and explore. So get out, check the shops out. Spend some time in beautiful Mosinee!
I was looking for open water when I took these images. Some will grumble that winter is dragging on too long. But there still is a mystery to it.
Underneath that smooth surface of a river is a torrential current that is still flowing. Soon, we will hear the noises, the cracking and crunching of the ice as the river begins to open up. These scenes come from Wausau’s northeast side where the river, the railroad, Horseshoe Spring, and North 6th Street seem to come together. It is where two of Wausau’s most unique and somewhat exclusive neighborhoods of Forest Park and Riverview come together. Both, like the rest of the city, are shaped by the Wisconsin as it makes its journey down to the Mississippi. From Brokaw to Big Bull Falls, the river slows a little and the journey ponders each moment.
The boat landing at Forester Park longs for the spring when it will be open to anglers as they get ready to go after the walleyes that populate the once polluted waters of the Wisconsin. It is clean again, and the dream of warm summer days on the river is going to be real again.
The river front takes a person away from the hubbub that makes up city life. Can we say that a river flows through it? Yes we can.
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Gilbert and Forester Parks are situated between the Wisconsin River and North Sixth Street on Wausau’s East Side offering splendid views of the river.
This is what people see as they leave the parking lot.
This is what the Ice Age Trail is all about. This is the Plover River Segment just north of Sportsman Drive in the Town of Plover near the eastern border of Marathon County.
This segment in Marathon County first opened in 2010. The great scenery is made accessible by many volunteers in the Mobil Skills program of the Ice Age Trail Alliance. I have been on this segment already in different seasons, but autumn produces these stunning colors as the trees ready themselves for winter. It is the change of the season and the crispness in the air. Nature is taking its course.
This is Wisconsin at its best. Our weather is not boring here. It changes with the seasons, and all nature responds to it. Though definitely not as popular as the Dells Segment, the Plover River Segment has its own experience with kames, kettles, eskers, and drumlins that make up the terminal moraine.
My hope is that you will enjoy these images and want to get out and explore the Ice Age Trail here in Wisconsin. Come see our changing seasons.
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Autumn shows it’s colors on 4th Avenue in Wausau, WI
Living in the north country gives one a real sense of the seasons. Just by taking a walk down my street here in Wausau in either direction, there is a rich collection of maples, elms, and oaks with leaves of every color. Add in the greens of evergreen trees and you have it all.
Looking across the river from almost any point in town, you can see the rich colors that the Wisconsin flows by on every day. The Wisconsin River makes the character of every city and village that it passes through or by. Wausau is nestled in a valley with hills that come alive with color each fall. Some, like, Forest Park, almost touch the river.
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The first plants to change their leaves are sumac and numerous vines that go from green to red.
Here we have it already. It’s near the end of September and the colors have started to change again. Shutterbugs like me are wide-eyed and looking for color. Living in Wausau, the Paff Woods is a good place to start.
Black-Eyed Susans often line the banks of Wisconsin’s Rivers.
Not every image leaves a digital camera perfectly. Sometimes you have to correct the image in Photoshop or, in my case, it’s Capture NX2. To bring out the color, you often have to adjust brightness, etc. Capture NX2 allows for this by letting the user adjust the histogram graph which I did. I then adjusted the primary colors.
I wanted to bring out the water of the river in the background. I then turned up the blue setting. I also made adjustments to red and green as well. The results are what you see. The flowers were photographed using my 70-210mm f4.5-5.6 Nikkor Zoom. And I lost a lens cap in the process…
A hike to the parks on Wausau’s riverfront brings home some gems.
The first flowers of spring.
I went around some of Wausau’s riverfront parks yesterday morning searching for images of spring. Instead I saw the jewels that the river makes as it begins to open up in springtime.
Stopping a shutter down or increasing the speed for a greater depth of field makes the pictures stand out. The color is there. I just try and bring it out. I also make adjustments in my post-processing too to create the maximum effect such as I did with the tulip.
This is the trail going north from Popular Lane.
Even in Black and White, the trail looks good.
Looking Towards My Favorite Erratic Rock
So seldom in Wisconsin do we get winter snow that actually remains on trees. Usually by the time the skies clear, the wind has blown the fluff off.
On January 26, 2013, I ventured out to the Plover River segment of the Ice Age Trail near Aniwa, WI. It was an awe-inspiring experience just to be out there. It was so peaceful to get away from the hubbub of life in Wausau and experience this.
I love breaking a trail through new fallen snow in the quiet stillness of winter. The peace is there. It is my hope that you feel just as moved by these images as I was when took them. It was a great day just to put on my snowshoes and take a walk through the woodlands of eastern Marathon County. We are really blessed in living here with so much so near and four seasons to boot.
I will be out on the trail somewhere this weekend.
The rock seen here was one that I encountered while working with Will Sanford on a clean-up crew from the Marathon County Chapter back in 1996 on the Ringle segment near the landfill just north of the Mountain- Bay State Trail. We laughed at it because it was right in the way of the trail.
It is an erratic moved into position by the last Ice age glacier. As such, we were not even going to try to remove it. It is a part of the trail in Marathon County.
It is amazing how common ordinary objects can make one think about how they look.
The snow fence is one of those ordinary objects where form follows function. It has a pattern all of its own. Digital photography allows one to shoot in color, but think in black and white.
A wintry walk amidst the White Pines of Marathon Park.
Gone is is the excitement of carnivals and the bustle of animals in people in the fairgrounds. The cold silence remains. The time is there to focus on the towering majesty of these living remnants of Wisconsin’s past in the “pinery”.
These are the giants that once dominated our forests with their towering beauty. These giants are decorated for the season with fluffy white snow. They are the silent watchtowers guarding Wausau’s western entrance. They continue to shelter birds and other wildlife. Nature decorates these trees for Christmas in her own way.
I like to take long walks in town just as much as I like to hike wooded trails out in the country. A walk along Wausau’s riverfront this morning yielded these gems. Most were taken with a Nikkor 20 mm lens on my D-80. I walk these trails quite often and it is nice to have peace in a city full of hubbub.
- Color is not always high in the air.
The aspens on Barker-Stewart Island glow in late autumn.
The yellow leaves of a maple tree glow as the river calmly passes by.