October 20, 2017

October 19, 2017


To all my fishing friends. Richland County Tourism asked me if I would be ok with them making some local billboards with my and my wife Barb's photos on them. Keep your eyes peeled you might be on a billboard. All photos taken in Richland County.

October 18, 2017

Driftless Discoveries

I have fished the driftless area for over half a century.  55 years to be exact.  Some things I find take me back to the olden days and other things like garbage and discarded vehicle make me cringe and ask to myself what were people thinking when they threw away things in river and stream beds.

This ancient fireplace was left behind by victims of the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic.

this bath tub has been at the headwaters of one of favorite brook trout stream as long as I have been alive.

This spring head looks like it has some type foundation for a mill wheel built ages ago.

The buck fawn did not move a muscle when I discovered him.  I saw his nostril flare once and that is how I knew he was alive.

This urban guardian was placed stream side for some unknown reason.

I laughed at this bridge when I found it.  The trickle it spanned was easily stepped over.

This bridge way back in the middle of nowhere made with a couple rail road ties and a few boards.  It is very unstable and treacherous.

A dragon from thousands of years ago.

This raggedy structure I believe was used by duck hunters to get back to swamps with their four wheelers.

This relic of the past was washed out of a stream bank after a spring flood.

This coupe was long ago discarded along with many other pieces of  the past stream side.

This water control tower is all that is left of a failed Corp of Engineers project of Lake Lafarge.

This root cellar looks like it may have been lived in at first.  The rock work was elaborate. 

This mossy covered structure at first was not recognizable.  Upon closer examination I determined it to be a smoke house.

The handmade open hearth was all that remained of a long ago abandoned homestead.

Cars in my favorite brook trout stream!!!  PLEASE

This foundation was way out of place.  There were no roads for miles.   The flat rock foundation was dated by a spelunking friend at over 100 years old.

It is very typical for injured deer to seek out a water source.  This bruiser was 5 feet from the stream.

I have found many cabin ruins in the valleys of the Wisconsin driftless area. 

October 17, 2017

Somewhere ages and ages hence

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


October 16, 2017


Winter has released its grasp upon the oak

In a blink of an eye the green returns.

The cold nights turn the greens to browns and summer says farewell.

The seasons change again.  Nature is covered with a snowy blanket awaiting the next change of the season.

October 15, 2017

The Wurst Way

Nuremberg and curry wurst on grill.