Posts Tagged: Clouds

Familiarity and Change

Horicon Marsh

“Though the walk into the lake may be familiar,

It is never the same.” 

Norbert Blei, a Door County author, penned this line in his book, Meditations on a Small Lake.  He could have been writing about the Horicon Marsh.  The clouds have changed from patterned puffs to watercolor wisps as autumn is fading into winter.  The auto tour and other areas are closed unless we are wearing blaze orange due to deer hunting season.

Green-winged Teal at the Horicon Marsh

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal rest before heading further south.  Some will spend their winter in the Caribbean, which sounds like a great idea.

Ruddy Duck at the Horicon Marsh

Female Ruddy Duck

This female Ruddy Duck was either camera shy or very hungry.  She frequently dove beneath the surface of the water.  It was a challenge to find her when she resurfaced.  Ruddy Ducks tend to migrate east or west to the coasts.

Sandhill Cranes at the Horicon Marsh

Adult and Juvenile Sandhill Cranes

Large flocks of Sandhill Cranes found tasty treats in fields where farmers recently harvested their corn.  Juvenile Sandhill Cranes lack the red patch on their head.  They have small brown patches on their sides.  Iron stained feathers are only present on the adults.

Sandhill Cranes at the Horicon Marsh

Sandhill Cranes

It was a peaceful evening and I would have stayed out longer but it was getting too dark to shoot (with my camera).  There is comfort in the familiarity and excitement in seeing nature change.

Polarizing Effects

Horicon Marsh

Deer hunters emblazoned with orange clothing were sprinkled throughout the Horicon Marsh today.  The auto tour is closed for our safety.  Gale force winds the last few days stripped the trees of their leaves, except for a few tenacious ones clinging in defiance of dropping temperatures.  The surface of the water is already starting to freeze as a result of 30 degree temperatures the last two days.  Geese were standing on top, rather than in, the shallow marsh water.

Horicon Marsh

I don’t know what type of clouds filled the sky today, but let’s just call them amazing.  I used my polarizing filter to try and capture the contours.  Turning the filter can darken the sky and works well if you are 90 degrees to the sun.  A polarizing filter does not work well if the sun is in front of you or behind you.  It darkened the sky and I lost about two shutter speeds, which was fine since I wasn’t shooting wildlife on the move.

Horicon Marsh

These were taken on Palmatory Street in Horicon and along Highway Z.

Horicon Marsh

I have always liked the texture on this building and the trail leading to the woods.  If you follow it, you can walk all the way to the Education and Visitor Center on Highway 28.

Horicon Marsh

This is facing the same direction as the building.  It is fascinating how the clouds start in a straight line high in the sky.