Wind fallen nest, beneath colony of pines.  Upper Mississippi River. Stoddard, Wisconsin. December 7, 2016.

Wind fallen nest, beneath colony of pines.

Upper Mississippi River.
Stoddard, Wisconsin.
December 7, 2016.

home

home

Nest of Dark-eyed Junco.
Vernon County, Wisconsin.
April 2014.

Winter Nest.

Winter Nest.

December 10, 2013. East side of the Mississippi River, near Genoa, Wisconsin.

 

"...when we examine a nest, we place ourselves at the origin of confidence in the world, we receive a beginning of confidence, an urge toward cosmic confidence. Would a bird build its nest if it did not have its instinct for confidence in the world?" 

~Gaston  Bachelard, 
from The Poetics of Space: The Classic Look at How We Experience Intimate Places

Same-not-same

Same-not-same

Old nest still new.
Nest of Red-winged Blackbird (2nd in the series).
Along the Mississippi River, near Stoddard, Wisconsin.
March 2014.

Repose, with light

Repose, with light

Great Blue Heron standing in still waters in the Mississippi River.

Myrick-Hixon EcoPark, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
July 8, 2014

Self-reliance

Self-reliance

Great blue heron, standing amidst the lush green ecology of the Mississippi River.

Goose Island Park.
Stoddard, Wisconsin.
August 20, 2014.

Nestling

Nestling

Sedge grass on the Mississippi River current.

Upper Mississippi River.
Stoddard, Wisconsin.
July 21, 2015

Autumn Lotus

Autumn Lotus

Upper Mississippi River.
South of Goose Island,
LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

November 2, 2013

Equanimity

Equanimity

Detail of fallen Birch Tree.

Allamakee County, Iowa.
June 28, 2013.

 

 

 Found remnants of hair from a deer carcass near the riverbank.  Upper Mississippi River. Stoddard, Wisconsin. December 10, 2015.

Found remnants of hair from a deer carcass near the riverbank.

Upper Mississippi River.
Stoddard, Wisconsin.
December 10, 2015.

Reflection on impermanence

Reflection on impermanence

Detail, skull of young deer.

Found bankside of the Mississippi River, South of LaCrosse. November 17, 2013.

Impermanence ii

Impermanence ii

Deer carcass in a field.

Upper Mississippi River.
Near Genoa, Wisconsin.
April 5, 2015

Ambit

Ambit

Twigs and tree marked by beaver teeth.

Myrick-Hixon EcoPark, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
May 18, 2014 

Duckweed & Watermeal with Mississippi Current

Duckweed & Watermeal with Mississippi Current

Species Duckweed (Spirodela Polyrhiza & Lemna Minor) and  Watermeal (Wolffia Columbiana) on water surface of the Mississippi River, showing movement of the current. Ferryville, Wisconsin. October 7, 2013

Ambit

Ambit

Detail, basal scar on riverbank tree.

Upper Mississippi River.
Stoddard, Wisconsin.
December 8, 2016.

Intention

Intention

Lotus growing skyward.


Upper Mississippi River.
Stoddard, Wisconsin.

July 26, 2017

Resilience & Grief.

Resilience & Grief.

Highway 56, Vernon County, Wisconsin.
November 17, 2013.

Repose.

Repose.

Highway 56, Vernon County, Wisconsin.
November 17, 2013.

Repose

Repose

Two Tundra Swans, feeding.

Mississippi River,
Brownsville, Minnesota.
November 23, 2013.

 

Act of Love

Act of Love

Vegetation (including Duckweed & Watermeal), with light.
 

Upper Mississippi River, Myrick-Hixon EcoPark.
La Crosse, Wisconsin.

April 5, 2014

Progress

Progress

Jumble of lotus and lily pads.

Upper Mississippi River.
Stoddard, Wisconsin.

July 26, 2017

 Wind fallen wasps' nest, beneath a colony of pines.  Upper Mississippi River. Stoddard, Wisconsin. December 7, 2016

Wind fallen wasps' nest, beneath a colony of pines.

Upper Mississippi River.
Stoddard, Wisconsin.
December 7, 2016

Winter Spent

Winter Spent

Sunflower head on pavement.
Myrick Hixon EcoPark, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
March 2014.

Love, pervasive

Love, pervasive

“I’d like to think the moon is there
even if I am not looking at it” ~Albert Einstein

Full “Honey Moon.”
Carter Mountain, Vernon County, Wisconsin.

June 13, 2014 

Mandala 2

Mandala 2

Hay Mandala. 
April 15, 2013

Earth

Earth

Turtle embarking at Mississippi River bank.

Ferryville, Wisconsin.
July 8, 2013 

Home

Home

Sunset over the Mississippi River.

Upper Mississippi River.
Stoddard, Wisconsin.
June, 2014.

Emerging

Emerging

Light on the thawing Mississippi River.
Near Stoddard, Wisconsin.
March 2014.

Still

Still

Ice of the Mississippi River.

Ferryville, Wisconsin.
January, 2013 

Caught in the Current

Caught in the Current

Fish in river ice.

Upper Mississippi River.
Ferryville, Wisconsin.
January, 2013 

Otherwise i

Otherwise i

“Things are not as they appear, nor are they otherwise.” ~Buddha

In the first winter of my time with the Mississippi I was enchanted by bubble formations just beneath the ice surface.
I took a series of photographs enjoying their fairy-like quality. Months later, through research, an article in National Geographic, and a story on NPR I learned that the bubbles are methane gas trapped in the ice. With knowledge and acceptance, what once seemed beautiful and mesmerizing is transformed into a larger query.

January 26, 2013 

Otherwise ii

Otherwise ii

“Things are not as they appear, nor are they otherwise.” ~Buddha

In the first winter of my time with the Mississippi I was enchanted by bubble formations just beneath the ice surface.
I took a series of photographs enjoying their fairy-like quality. Months later, through research, an article in National Geographic, and a story on NPR I learned that the bubbles are methane gas trapped in the ice. With knowledge and acceptance, what once seemed beautiful and mesmerizing is transformed into a larger query.

January 26, 2013