Posts Tagged ‘Madison’

I have had this blog for less than one year and recently I posted my 365th post so I decided to memorialize the occasion. has been pretty difficult for me. I suffer from a chronic disease that makes it hard to concentrate and to stay focused and I am often in pain and quite tired (thus the “fog”). When I started this blog I had no idea how much energy it would take and what a challenge it was going to be (thus the “war”).

I started this photo blog in part because the writing that used to come so easily to me now comes slowly and messily like the last bits of toothpaste squeezed out of the tube. Until relatively recently, I was able to work at least part-time in the career I had long pursued (I was an attorney working with intellectual property and technology law). That work is no longer available to me because it requires more energy, a better memory, and greater nimbleness of mind than I currently possess. I tell my friends that I am not dumber, but I am slower.

During the early days of my illness, boredom was a constant companion. Then, a few years ago, my wife bought me a new camera. While I had always enjoyed photography, suddenly I had a lot of time available in which to pursue it. So off I went on a photo binge. Many of my photos are taken of things very close to home – typically in our yard or neighborhood; indeed I have a category in my blog for “Photos Taken within 100 Meters of Our Home.” Many others are taken on the way to visit or at my in-laws. (My wife has a great family!)

As the years went by and the shutter clicked, hundreds and then thousands of images filled up space on my hard drive(s) and I began to think about sharing my photos. I am and always will be an amateur photographer. I do not have the energy nor do I have the desire to sell any of my work (although I do donate my work to non-profit auctions and the like).  Eventually I decided to try blogging and started start

Keeping up with this blog has been difficult for me. What has made this easier is that many of you who have visited this blog have been extraordinarily generous with your thoughts about my photos. I am not too proud to admit that when someone says a photo of mine is “stunning” or “wonderful” or “amazing” it makes me feel good. That isn’t the sole reason for the blog, but it sure doesn’t hurt! More important for someone who had spent all too much time just sitting at home is that my blog brought me into a community of people from around the world whose blogging about their lives and travels has made boredom impossible and made frustration, fatigue and pain more bearable. While it is still so very much more difficult to write than it used to be, I have all of the time I want to do it and so it is okay.

This post contains some of my favorite photos from my first 365 posts. When I was looking through the posts to put together this collection, my biggest thought was how thankful I am that I have had this opportunity. Mostly I thank all of the people who have visited my blog. I also want to give a shout out to WordPress because I really doubt I would have had a “Post 366” had I not been blogging with WordPress, which has made setting it up my blog and keeping it going so much easier for me than would otherwise have been the case.

I hope you enjoy this collection.

Sailboat in Motion - 065 - July 23, 2013

Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Direction is provocative, as always.  Direction can take the form of a street sign, a trail or path or even personal guidance from another.  One thing implied by direction is choice. Left or right along the street or the path, accept or reject the advice.

My photo represents choice about direction. The boat is moving, but the direction is uncertain. Our choices about the direction in which we are going are important, as my quote below illustrates.

“We are our choices.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

I took this photo during the 2013 “Parade of Boats” on Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin. It unofficially marks the end of the summer boating season.

Great Blue Heron - Taking Off

The large Great Blue Heron in Madison’s Warner Park (pictured in the earlier set of photos I posted) eventually decided it was time to move on for the day. Here he is at the moment when his flight begins.



I have been watching several Great Blue Herons that have been staying in Madison’s Warner Park recently and wanted to share a few of my photos. I intended to put high enough resolution images into the slide show so that you could learn a bit about the herons while looking at the images while not making them too large. I hope it worked. I have several more interesting shots that I will be getting into another post shortly. I hope you enjoy these photos.

There are several Great Blue Herons that have been visiting Madison’s Warner Park recently. Here are three photos of them doing what they do most of the time, which is stand around:).

Great Blue Heron - Warner Park 9-1-13

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Great Blue Heron - September 25, 2013 - 008

Cherokee Marsh in the Fog - September 26, 2013 - 53

I have been meaning to get this posted and thought I’d better get it done before I forget. We had a very foggy day in Madison recently and I suspected the fog might make for some very interesting photos up in the Cherokee Marsh. Indeed it did. In the beginning, the fog was almost impenetrable and I shot photos of things nearby (getting many photos of spider webs, which glistened brightly from the dew of the fog). As the fog finally started to burn off a bit, I could see more of the lily pads, which are now starting to change color, as they extended out into the marsh. You can see the tree line of the other shore, but can barely see the other shoreline where the fog still lingered, Here is one of my favorite images from that foggy day.

Paul's Photography Challenge - Deep Fog with a Hint of Sunshine

As I have previously noted, Paul’s Photography Challenge is long done. None-the-less why should that stop me? In fact, it draws out all of my non-competitive instincts to have a challenge with no challenge. I hope you enjoy this continuing “un-challenge.”