Ryan and Katie Lake Windsor Wedding




Katie and Ryan

July in Wisconsin is unpredictable

From cold to sunny to warm and rainy, Ryan and Katie prevailed, and, I hope, had some fun too!

Congratulations Ryan and Katie!

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Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan




Katie and Ryan

 

Black and White Arboretum

Just watched The Brother's Grimm the other day, this scene reminded me of The Dark Forest. Snow White or Red Riding Hood could have ran through here.

Just watched The Brother’s Grimm the other day, this scene reminded me of The Dark Forest. Snow White or Red Riding Hood could have ran through here.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

There was some warm days and rain today, as we made our way in to the forest. Several photographers and I walked around the Arboretum catching up and talking, trying to keep warm in the cold rain and almost slushy snow. The forest was quiet and beautiful. The plan was to produce black and white images; and it wasn’t hard to envision with the grey sky, wet dark trees, and snow all around us.

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All the snow under the trees had this weird pattern to it. really neat.

All the snow under the trees had this weird pattern to it. really neat.

Lots of branches and trees were knocked down, presumably from the heavy snows we receieved this Winter. This one reminded me of a python coming down to bite me.

Lots of branches and trees were knocked down, presumably from the heavy snows we receieved this Winter. This one reminded me of a python coming down to bite me.

I noticed all the scrub brushes out of focus in the background of several of my shots, thought it would be a neat shot without a subject mucking up the view.

I noticed all the scrub brushes out of focus in the background of several of my shots, thought it would be a neat shot without a subject mucking up the view.

Matt, fresh from a trip to California, donned his Merino wool and braved the cold rain.

Matt, fresh from a trip to California, donned his Merino wool and braved the cold rain.

It rained off and on. Umbrellas and hoods went up.

It rained off and on. Umbrellas and hoods went up.

It was raining pretty heavy by the time we found our way back to the cars.

It was raining pretty heavy by the time we found our way back to the cars.

Can't pass of a fungus shot. I loved the light colored ridges.

Can’t pass of a fungus shot. I loved the light colored ridges.

Can't pass up a crackle tree bark either.

Can’t pass up a crackle tree bark either.

Stray leaf hanging on from Fall.

Stray leaf hanging on from Fall.

 

Black and White Landscapes of Lake Mendota




Lake Monona Winter Storm

Winter storm results in beautiful Nature

Yesterday’s 5″ of snow dumped on the city and the [frozen] Lake Monona yesterday. Today’s warm sun created the strangest effect… full sun and fog. Unfortunately i didn’t get there (or know about it) until it was almost burned off. Thought you might like a peek…

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Lake Monona Winter Storm




Lake Monona Winter Storm




Lake Monona Winter Storm




Lake Monona Winter Storm

I made a pretty big panorama too, here’s a small version (2000px wide, you might have to scroll your browser to see all of it)…




Lake Monona Winter Storm

 

Laura and Rich’s Iowa Wedding




Laura and Rich

A Beautiful Iowa Wedding

Laura and Rich had a wonderful and intimate backyard wedding, with views out over Iowa. Followed by fly fishing and bike riding, this was a memorable wedding for me.

Congratulations Laura and Rich.

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Laura and Rich




Laura and Rich




Laura and Rich




Laura and Rich




Laura and Rich

 

Pinhole photos




Cross Plains State Park-Pinhole prairie and clouds

Pinhole photos

Cross Plains State Park is one of my new favorite places. It’s big enough, but not too big. It’s ecosystem is pretty diverse. Stayed more in the prairie area this time. Also took a lens-cap pinhole with me.

I didn’t remove the sensor dust. I don’t know, kinda feels more old-timey that way.

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Cross Plains State Park-Pinhole prairie




Cross Plains State Park-Pinhole farm




Cross Plains State Park-Pinhole sunset




Cross Plains State Park-Pinhole prairie and clouds 2




Cross Plains State Park-Birches

 

Amanda and Cody Engagement Photos




Amanda and Cody

Amanda and Cody are getting hitched

You know, when in Wisconsin in October, you have to play to the surroundings. Amanda and Cody picked a family friend’s farm and we trekked around the barn and livestock area, and into the fields and woods. It was great. It was windy and cold, so we looked for the lee side of anything.

Congratulations Amanda and Cody.

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Side Note: I’m not generally a big fan of Treatments to photos, nor have i ever posted several in one entry, but this set, and the Fall just lent itself to the moment. They received non-treatment versions of the photos as well.




Amanda and Cody




Amanda and Cody




Amanda and Cody




Amanda and Cody




Amanda and Cody




Amanda and Cody




Amanda and Cody

 

Best Burgers, Part 7: Blue Moon’s Best Burger in Town

Best Burgers, Part 7: Blue Moon’s Best Burger in Town



Blue Moon's Best Burger in Town, Madison

Fully Loaded.

Blue Moon’s Best Burger in Town. “A half-dozen burgers on its menu, including its Best Burger in Town, and Best Cheeseburger. The Best Burger is a little bigger, a little juicier and a little messier than some of the others in this category, but it’s as tasty as can be, leaving no mistake you’ve had a burger.”

I ordered mine with Swiss and fried onions. A HALF POUND burger… there’s no mistake I had a burger for sure…I think that was post-cooked weight. My arm muscles got a good work-out. Ordered mine Medium, and had tinge of pink in the drippings collecting in my wax paper lined basket. A pretty decent sandwich. Did not stand out as awesome, but i would certainly go back. Fried onions were perfect, slightly charred, sweet. Great bun too. Heard there is a good brew selection, but as this was lunch on a workday, that will have to wait for another visit. (cash only)

Part 7 of my quest to eat the best burgers in town (as rated by Madison Magazine)

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Senior photos: Andrew




Andrew-Goalie

Andrew’s Senior Photos

Andrew, good luck on your senior year. Loved trying to capture the Ultimate Frisbee and some tough looking soccer shots.

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Andrew-Goalie




Andrew-Urban Cowboy




Andrew-Urban Cowboy




Andrew-loves ultimate frisebee




Andrew-stylin at sunset

 

Best Burgers, Part 6: Coopers Tavern’s Cooper’s Burger



Coopers Tavern's Cooper's Burger, Madison

Fully Loaded.

Coopers Tavern’s Cooper’s Burger. “A melt-in-your-mouth type of pork on its Coopers Burger: pork belly. This meat is certainly popular right now with restaurateurs nationwide, but it’s hard to find on other burgers around Madison. The flavor ooze when you bite into this sandwich is worth the trip. The burger’s other ingredients are relatively tame: lettuce, onion, mayo, pickles, aged cheddar. The meat is from Black Earth Meats and the bun from Clasen’s.”

Um. A good sandwich. Pretty disappointed in the “lettuce”. You can see how white it is, I thought maybe it was cabbage. There was no “oozing”. The “melt-in-your-mouth pork belly” was closer to bacon jerky. I started dipping into my chips’ ketchup before it was over. I might get it again one day. It was certainly good, but… The reuben look really good, and i’m addicted to reubens. I would probably go for that next time.

Edit: Rueben was indeed good.

Part 6 of my quest to eat the best burgers in town (as rated by Madison Magazine)

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Joel and Holly: Expecting




Joel and Holly by the creek

Joel and Holly are Expecting

Joel and Holly: Congratulations. Thanks for inviting me in share in the beginning of your new family.

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Joel and Holly in the woods




Joel and Holly - Holly enveloped in sunlight




Joel and Holly in the sunset




Joel and Holly - Holly amidst sunflowers