April 24, 2018


the melt off has ended.  just need to let the water go down and clarity to rebound.

April 21, 2018

End Of Days

Heat lightning storm a couple years back..  Wife and I went to highest point in town to take photos. The city cemetery

photos by Barb Harris

Always Look At Your Photo At Home

Don't erase it out there because you never know what you truly have captured.

three Septembers ago I was in route trout fishing on the last day of season and the fog and the bend in the stream persuaded me to stop and take a photo. I was disappointed at first with the results and nearly erased it looking at my capture on site. I saved it and looked at it at home. All I did was give it some light in photo shop.

April 20, 2018

Fishing This Weekend

The snow melt made the decision easy.

Old German Beer Hall Milwaukee Saturday night.

Mader's German Brunch Sunday morning.

April 18, 2018

Rachel Carson

"Those who dwell among beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life."

April 16, 2018

Situation Report

Four inches of snow in Richland Center the last 2 days.  Will snow again on Wednesday 3-5 inches.

By this weekend it will be mid 50s so lots of run off.  Next week Wednesday says 60s.

Welcome to the Wisconsin Weather Rollercoaster.

April 14, 2018


I was wandering on facebook and saw folks looking at squirrels and adoring the cute little rascals.  I too was drawn in by their cuteness.

We had a squirrel that was quite tame and we could feed it by hand on our deck.  I called her Pearl the squirrel.  Any time we were on the deck she appeared.  After a while she wasn't satisfied just getting peanuts from an outstretched hand.  She would crawl right up on our deck table and demand peanuts.

One time she tasted my wife's little toe that was peeking out of her flip flops under the table. It wasn't much of a nip but imagine what those teeth could do?  They can crack a walnut.  Just imagine what a bloody mess a toe could look like.  Pearl once thought my bare leg was a ladder to the table and I can tell you those claws on a squirrel hurt.

We decided to ignore pearl hoping she would go away.  This didn't work.  She brought a friend the next time.  We watched the 2 interact.  They took breaks from begging and wrestling to scratch at themselves.  I could see fleas jumping off them.  We got a bike horn to sound to scare them away because they became too aggressive and demanded to be fed.

One time I saw Pearl crossing our street.  She had visited the neighbors.  The neighbors had been grilling out hotdogs.  Pearl had stolen an entire hotdog bun and had it in her mouth as she crossed the road.  I had to stop the car to let her pass.  The bun when bit down on centered caused the bun to go up on each end and make it so Pearl couldn't see while crossing the road.

That same year I went to the neighbor's to invite him to trout fish with me.  I went to the back deck patio door.  There was Pearl and her buddy Wilma sitting on their hind legs in the upright position on the step not a foot from the patio door leering in the patio door waiting for their morning handout from the neighbor. The neighbor told me both of them were pests.  He had fed them once and now they came back daily for a hand out.  I thought that was cute.........

Later that year Pearl and Wilma decided they wanted to chew through my siding and take up residence in my attic.  I could hear them messing around in there at all hours.  Enough was enough.  I spoke to a friend that had live traps and caught both Pearl and Wilma and Sam, Henry, Julie, and Gertrude in the trap.  My buddy with the trap told me that I needed to take the squirrels at least 10 miles away or they would boomerang back.  He also said to put a big waterway in between also.  All the squirrels now reside in Muscoda.