Monday, November 26, 2012

Trumpeter Swan Restoration in Wisconsin

I happened to see this interesting article and thought I would share it with you as Crex Meadows and the surrounding areas played an important part in the Trumpeter Swan reintroduction program in Wisconsin.

Kathy J.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

November Crex Photo Club (photos submitted by Bob Irish)

Trumpeter Swans take off into the mist, from the south end of Phantom Lake, passing over a small raft of American Coots.

A thick fog obscures these three Sandhill Cranes, as they begin to take off to join the rest of the flocks in the farm fields surrounding Crex Meadows.
A conversion to black and white, and a bit more "tweaking" in Photoshop, and more detail is revealed of the "Foggy Cranes".
A thick fog blankets Crex Meadows and leaves it's traces as frost on the grasses.

A pair of Sandhill Cranes stand near the road,  offering the photographer a striking pose.

Cllck here for more information on the Crex Photo Club 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

An Evening at Crex

As I have said before, I am probably the world's worst writer so I will let this video I made do the talking for me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did being there to witness this incredible experience in person.

Click here to watch "An Evening at Crex"

Kathy J.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Caught in the act...

A  macro lens can get you up close and sometimes a little too personal as in this photo of 2 Banded Flower Longhorn Beetles ensuring the future of their species. 

Kathy J.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


I'm always intrigued by plant and insect interaction.  The pollination of plants by insects is just one component of this.  Frequently insect predators lurk on the flower as well.  The whole food chain on a 2 inch flower.

Saturday, June 30, 2012


I was intrigued by this insect's legs and the "sap" on them.  This link explains what it is and how it got there.  It also gives more information than you might want to know about milkweed plants.
Milkweed Details

Sunday, June 24, 2012

This young guy was a backyard visitor last week.  It was constantly on the move avoiding flies and exploring.  The milkweed gives a sense of size.