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A Sample of Pop’s “Bee” Images

Sedum Bumbler

Look of Defiance

Chicory Bee

Bumbling Bees

Garden Cafe

Buzz By Here - To Infinity and Beyond

Pick Your Poison

Blind Side Attack

On a Mission

Honey Bee on Sedum

Covering the Cosmos

Center of the Cosmos

Three's a Crowd

Popular Spot

On A Pedestal

On Golden Rod

The Beeline

Messy Hands

Bee on Yellow

Incoming

Bumble Bee Choreography

Messy Hands

A Sample of Pop’s “People” Photo Collection

Caged Competitor

Early Adoration

Child In the Ligtht

Stroll Through the Weeds

Attention Grabbing

Eye Contact

On the Line

Eyes of Wonder

Rounding the Curve

Troubadours of Basin Spring Park

Down by the Creek

Sun Day

Catching Some Light

EAA Fireworks

Hear Me Roar

Sky

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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

Pano, Panoramic, Lighthouse, Algoma, Lake Michigan
Sometimes it is difficult to fit all of the beauty in one frame. This pre-sunrise view from the harbor of Algoma, Wisconsin, took a compilation of five separate images.

The travel site, Expedia, recently named Algoma as “Most Beautiful Town” in Wisconsin.  I believe they must have been there on a day like this.  In their words…

Of the most beautiful towns in Wisconsin, Algoma, the Park of Flowers, caught our eye. It’s tucked along the shores of Lake Michigan, boasting buildings and homes that are more than 100 years old. Stare out at the shimmery waters at Crescent Beach and catch sight of the red Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse, while meandering along the boardwalk. During your visit, slip into von Stiehl Winery, the state’s oldest licensed winery, which is located in a Civil War-era building, with a terrace overlooking the lake.

This scene was photographed on the same morning I photographed, “Serious Sunrise;” an image I posted earlier.  You can view it, for comparison HERE.

This is one of those images that don’t display well in on my blog’s small page format.  You should click on the image to view a wider, full-screen, panoramic version.

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Serious Sunrise


Sunrise, Algoma, WI, Lake MichiganThere was a very serious mood to this morning’s sky as the sun breached the horizon behind the lighthouse and pier at Algoma, Wisconsin.  It was a good morning to be on Lake Michigan’s western shore.

I was up early to make my way to Algoma, hoping for a worthwhile sunrise. I was not disappointed. The temperatures were cool but the sky had a warming effect…at least on the psyche.  This shot was taken from the harbor embankment at the marina.

I’ve got a few other good shots from this vantage point that I’ll be working on when time allows.  Watch for a wide, panorama shot of this morning’s sunrise in the future.

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October Surprise

Sunrise, Lighthouse, Lake Michigan, Kewaunee, WI
I encountered a number of surprises on this early morning visit to the lake shore at Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

The morning light was a very pleasant surprise.  The variations of color in the sky, from yellow to blue with a hint of purple on the fringes, was another welcome surprise. The rough water was an exciting surprise – normally the lake is pretty calm in the early morning hours.

The overall result of this image was a very nice surprise.  I didn’t think I’d be able to capture as much of the dynamic range as I did.  As bright as the sky looked and as dark as the water looked, I thought it would be difficult to see much of the detail in this image.

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Morning Dance On the Beach

Wave, Sunrise, Lighthouse, Kewaunee, WI, Lake Michigan

The waves seemed to be dancing with delight on the western shore of Lake Michigan as the Kewaunee, WI lighthouse and pier greet the new day.

As you can see, I had excellent conditions to try this type of image.  Normally, at sunrise, the overwhelming brightness of the sun has a tendency to turn everything in the foreground into a silhouette. On this morning, there was some serious haze in the sky and clouds that blocked the harsh light and gave me enough to work with. The lake was a little rougher than it usually is at sunrise giving me the challenge of capturing a wave splashing on the shore.

There is plenty to like in this scene.  The calming color of the sky, the landmark lighthouse with some fishermen on the pier, the texture of choppy water, the refreshing wave splash and reflection of light on the beach. This will be one of my favorites for the year.

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Splash of Light

Splash, Waves, Lake Michigan, Lighthouse, Sunrise

The waves seemed to dance on Lake Michigan’s western shore as the sun emerged from behind the lighthouse at Kewaunee, WI.

I snapped this yesterday.  It was the kind of morning perfect for an early stroll along the beach.  The temperatures were comfortable with a slight breeze, the sun provided comforting color and the fishermen – on the pier and in boats further out – provided points of interest in the distance.

Photographing waves, and capturing the light in them, is a challenge that I still want to improve on.  Of course, as you can tell by the relatively calm lake, these were very small waves and tiny splashes.  Some good rolling waves might provide a bit more action and, consequently, opportunity.

You can view this image in greater detail with the larger, full-screen version – available by clicking on the photo.

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Pure Algoma

Lighthouse, Harbor, Algoma, WI, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan, Blue
The Algoma lighthouse and pier present a welcome sight to shore-side visitors and, more important, the watercraft entering and departing the small Lake Michigan harbor.

This image doesn’t contain the dramatic sunrise elements usually seen in my photos of the Algoma lighthouse.  I was there at the break of dawn, hoping for a dramatic sunrise, but it never materialized.  Still I like this photo for the clear, clean feel of the blue water and sky…with a hint of sunrise pink on the horizon.

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Colorful Kewaunee Fourth

Fireworks, Beach, Kewaunee, 4th of July, Spectators
A crowd of wide-eyed spectators watch the Fourth of July fireworks show from Selner Beach in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.  Along with the booming colors the crowd was serenaded by the gentle, rhythmic sound of Lake Michigan waves on the shore.

I enjoy photographing fireworks. I particularly enjoy capturing the fine detail.  Unfortunately, you have to really zoom in to see the kind of detail I’m talking about. Fortunately, with the large megapixels of today’s cameras, you can see some amazing detail when you enlarge the image.  You won’t be able to see that kind of detail in this image, but you can view a larger version to get a better, overall view by clicking on the photo. When you do, a full-screen version will open in a new browser tab.

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Sunrise and Splendor

Sunrise, Clouds, Lake Michigan, Lighthouse, Kewaunee
A magnificent, pre-sunrise, panoramic display by the morning sky and clouds seems to envelop the Kewaunee lighthouse and pier. The warm reflection off Lake Michigan’s calm waters only accentuates the exhibition.

I’ve always believed, the best part of a sunrise is not the sun, but the clouds.  The sun creates the light and color, but the clouds provide the character.  Not heavy cloud cover, but the light, wispy kind that provide natural texture and interest to a scene. To me, a cloudless sunrise is pretty bland.

It seems I’ve been writing a lot about how I don’t often post panoramic images because their wide-view perspective doesn’t fit well within the typical web site parameters. Well, I must be on a bit of a panoramic kick these days, because I’ve posted more panoramas in the last few weeks than I have in as many years. I guess, when the mood and the beauty hits me, I can’t pass it up.  It’s a little more work in processing, but I believe the results are well worth it.

Of course, when I post a panoramic image I must urge you to click on the photo so you can view a much larger version.  There are  a lot of birds in this photo, but you’ll miss most of them if you don’t view the larger version.  Again, just click on the photo and a full-screen version will open in a new browser tab.

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Tall Drink of Comfort

Kewaunee, WI, Lake Michigan, Lighthouse, SunriseThe sky above, the water below and the sun rising over its shoulder all combine to make a warm, comforting atmosphere around the Kewaunee, WI lighthouse. This image was captured on the western shore of Lake Michigan, just south of the pier in Kewaunee.

This is a panoramic image.  Usually we think of panoramas as being wide, horizontal images. In this case, I wanted more of the sky and water in the shot than a single frame would allow, so I combined three frames (high, middle and low) to create a tall image.  The changing hue in the upper sky adds to the interest of this image, as does the sun’s reflection dancing along the ripples of the lake.

As I’ve said before, I don’t normally post many panoramas because they don’t display well within the size constraints of most webpages.  This one would be truly awesome if you could view it very large.  It is a large file and could be printed as tall as eight feet.  Wouldn’t that would be cool!

You can click on the image to view a larger version but, again, because of webpage constraints, you won’t see a much larger image.

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Fully Charged

Lightning, Bolts, Evening, Rural, Electricity, Electric, Atmosphere
Lightning lit up the sky as a post script to the powerful storm that just rolled through our rural area of Kewaunee County in northeast Wisconsin.

A severe storm had just pushed through. On the horizon, the sky turned a wild, orangeish-red and the lightning continued to flash for awhile. I’m afraid I was a little late to the party.  I should have gotten my camera out sooner. I was able to capture three shots with lightning – this, being the best one.

In the foreground you see the farm field, planted with corn in its early stages, soaked with water that reflects the brightness of the lightning.  This shot was taken from a third-floor vantage point in the attic or our home.  Very cool to watch.

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