When conditions are right in early winter, fog blowing in from Lake Michigan can coat the landscape with a magical frosting of ice crystals. This panorama features a view across a pasture to a farmers woodlot, covered in frost, about 35 miles inland from Lake Michigan. With the temperature hovering near the freezing point, this scene lasted only a few hours.
By early December, the crowds of visitors that flock to Door County for the summer months are long gone. Many of the boutique shops that fill the peninsula's quaint villages of Fish Creek, Ephraim, Sister Bay and others are closed for the season. Traffic on the county's roads is reduced to just a few local residents. Add in fog, drizzle and snow showers and the Door Peninsula takes on an ethereal quiet and charm. At Anderson's Dock in Ephraim, the deceptively calm waters of the bay lap the newly frozen shore while fog shrouds the forest cover of Peninsula State Park across the water. Meanwhile, on the Lake Michigan side of the Peninsula, strong winds driving up the big lake from the Southeast whip up massive waves that crash into the rugged cliffs of Cave Point....
In the early morning hours of November 17, after an unusually warm and rainy night for mid-November, dawn broke over a fog-shrouded Lake Winnebago. At 6 am, somewhere out over the lake, hidden by the mists, an outboard motor was running. One last fisherman taking advantage of the last mild weather before the lake freezes over for winter.
Our second featured image is of the Fox River after the spring thaw. Downstream of the Lake Winnebago system, the combined waters of the Fox and Wolf Rivers flow past the Thousand Islands Nature Center creating dramatic channels of fast moving water passed islands of fresh Spring foliage. The area teams with waterfowl, songbirds, and birds of prey, including bald eagles. White Tail deer are a common sight.
The winter of 2011 was one of the snowiest on record in Northeast Wisconsin. The constant snowfall was a challenge for everyone, including the local wildlife. On February 20th of that year, this Chickadee huddled into the protective branches of a snow covered tree to try and shelter from what was called by local weather forecasters "Winter Storm Dana." The storm was expected to produce a foot or more of snowfall, along with wind gusts up to 40 mph resulting in white out conditions. This photo was taken on the morning of the storm, just as it was starting to strengthen. About 5 inches of snow had already fallen, and while temperatures hovered around 20 degrees F., the strong winds made it feel much, much colder. We spent about an hour outside working with this bird in the storm. It seemed glad for the company.
At Behreandt Visuals, we spend a lot of time outdoors, walking in the woods and looking for interesting perspectives on the Midwest landscape. This year, what we noticed in particular was the long, deep grasp winter had on the land. It seemed like for months and months the world was encased in a coating of white snow and frost, with only dead, brown stalks and stems left behind in its wake. It seemed to take forever for life to return to the wild.
Finally, it did return, and when it did it exploded on the scene with a vengeance. Recent days have seen an eruption of color: every shade of green punctuated with bright bursts of color from Spring wildflowers. In recent days, we've seen regular and sometimes heavy rain. Coupled with the season's first warm temperatures, this has the woods bursting with vigorous growth. We've documented this year's amazing Spring in sharp, bright photos that would look great on any wall. Here are some samples:
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ThedaCare and Appleton Papers have teamed up to bring onsite health care to nearly 900 employees at Appleton Papers' headquarters in Appleton, Wisconsin. The new clinic offers a friendly and welcoming environment for employees and their families in a convenient location.
Officials from both ThedaCare and Appleton wanted to display colorful images of people and places from around Northeast Wisconsin in the clinic. Working with our collection of images from the region, they selected several large prints for framing and hanging in the clinic lobby, conference room, hallway, exam rooms, and offices.
In addition, we worked with the clinic's staff to create a selection of photographs supporting healthy eating and lifestyles for the office used by the clinic's health coaches.
In total, Appleton and ThedaCare selected a total of 13 large prints for display in the new facility. We're proud and honored to help Appleton and ThedaCare create a welcoming environment for those working in and visiting the new clinic.
The conference room in the new clinic at Appleton Papers.
Images on display in the conference room at the clinic at Appleton Papers.
Our image of the Fox River at the Thousand Islands Environmental Center on display in the hall at the Appleton Papers / ThedaCare Clinic.