Door County 2022

I had some PTO to use up from the day job, so we booked a trip to Door County, Wisconsin. This trip was a little different than our trips in the past. I feel like we didn’t go to our usual destinations this time. Or if we did, we didn’t spend as much time there as we had in the past. Instead of going over the weekend, we went in the middle of the week. So, we were able to see more in a shorter amount of time since it wasn’t as busy as it usually is.

We started our first day in Door County at Peninsula State Park. We went for a bike ride on that chilly morning. I tried to make a few TikTok while riding my bike, but I’m not happy with how they turned out so I didn’t post any of them. We stopped at the beach there and I got a little too close to a seagull. We also caught the view from the tower there, but it was too windy and a little too busy for quality videos. 

Afterward, we went to Cave Point County Park and Whitefish Dunes State Park. I captured several photos at Cave Point; honestly, I think it is my favorite park in Door County. The beach at Whitefish Dunes was nice but not as photogenic as I would have liked. On our way back I walked a little too close to the lake and the waves splashed into my boots. Honesty, I think they are still wet. Any tips for drying them out?

Friday was the day that we went on a completely new adventure. We decided to go all the way to the tip of Door County and catch a ferry to Washington Island. I had never been there before, and if my husband has, it was when he was too little to remember. 

The ferry took us past two lighthouses, which was amazing. Every time we go out of our way to look for lighthouses we struggle and can’t find any. So to see two of them, made our day.

We also decided to ride our bikes on the island and leave our car behind. Which would have been fine if it was a little warmer, and I was more in shape than I am. There was a slight hill which made biking difficult both ways.

A cloudy day on Washington Island, Door County.
This is the only photo I took while on Washington Island.

We stopped for a lunch at a small bakery and then we started to head back to catch the ferry. Before we got back on the ferry, we stopped at an indie bookstore. We almost stopped at the coffee shop next door too. I looked at the sky and the clouds looked rather threatening and we didn’t want to get caught.

When we got back to the mainland, I took a few photos of the beach. Once I had the photos that I wanted, we stopped for an afternoon snack at Wilson’s.

We headed back home Saturday morning after breakfast and a coffee stop. It was nice to spend an extra day at home. We had a lot of housework to get caught up on.

Where Did Summer Go?

It’s been a while. The last time I blogged, summer was just starting, and now it’s basically over. I’m sorry about being absent for the past five months. I’ve been too busy doom scrolling TikTok. I’m not going to get into it, but America is having some problems. That being said, I haven’t been posting much on any of my social media sites, which also isn’t helping much.

In addition to doom scrolling, I’ve been busy with a few other projects. I’ve had good intentions about blogging about these adventures, but I haven’t been able to follow through.

  1. Craft Fairs: I booked a craft fair for almost every weekend this summer. Some have been profitable, others have not been. But either way, it was still nice to sit outside and get some much-needed fresh air and sunshine. I’ve also been trying to keep up on my inventory so I’ve been making greeting cards and postcards all summer as well.
  2. Travel: We’ve gone on a few weekend getaways this summer. It was mainly just road trips relatively close to home, but it was nice to get out of town and explore. I’ll blog about those trips later so keep an eye out for those. We’ve also planned a few more trips for the rest of the year.
  3. Photo Challenges: I have a group on Facebook, and every month they challenge me to a photo. I’ve been completing them every month, and I’ll start posting more of those on Instagram. This has been a fun way to make sure that I take my camera out at least once a month.

Now that summer is basically over, and the year is winding down, I have a few more things that I want to accomplish.

  1. Social Media: I need to get back into the habit of posting regularly online. I got a planner for the rest of this year and all of next year, so I’m hoping that will help me keep track of my online goals.
  2. Administrative Business: I have a lot of administrative work to do yet by the time the year is over. I have to get my QuickBooks file wrapped up for my accountant. I’m still looking for a few more craft fairs for November and December.
  3. Sunrise Photo Shoots: I haven’t gone out for sunrise since May. Mainly because the sun is up way too early in the summer and I can’t quite get out of bed. I’d much rather wake up early in the winter I think. I’m in the process of thinking about where I want to go to get different images than the ones I’ve got. Let me know if you have any suggestions between Green Bay and Fond du Lac.

What have you all been up to? Drop a comment below and tell me what I’ve missed. Also, let me know what you want me to blog about in the next couple of weeks and months.

April in Review

Where did April go? I can’t believe that I’m already writing up my April in review blog post. I feel like I just wrote my March review blog a few days ago.

April Review

Well, April was a pretty decent month for me. I had three shows; one was a good show, then a decent show, and then a flop of a show. But that was of my own doing, since I forgot to bring my lucky purple pen.

This blog also reached a milestone this month too. I have reached over 1,000 page views. Thank you all for taking the time to read my posts and interact with them. It truly means a lot to me.

It has been so rainy this month that I haven’t really gone out with my camera all that much, and I had to adjust my April and May photo challenges to accommodate the weather. Even though it was a challenge, I did go a couple of times.

My card inventory is expanding. I’ve been busy turning my 4×6 prints into greeting cards and postcards, and I’ll get them on Etsy soon.

May Goals

I don’t have any craft shows from now until June 18th, so I’m planning on doing a lot of admin work in the month of May.

I’m going to spend the month of May rebranding and starting my marketing campaign. I’ll devote a blog post on that in the next week or so, along with an update on how it’s going.

My Etsy shop is going to be growing this month too. I am going to be adding more products to it in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned there as well. I’m also going to attempt making coasters again. I don’t think that I had the right materials for my last attempt, and I’m ready to try again.

Once the rain is done, which will hopefully be soon, I plan on going out with my camera again. I’ve also got a few weekend trips planned specifically for photography.

How did your month go? What are your plans for the month of May? Drop a comment below.

Bird Photography

We have a bird feeder in our backyard, so I’ve been attempting to photograph them for the past few months. They are pretty skittish, and my patience isn’t a virtue that I have, but I am still trying.

My favorite birds are cardinals, and we have at least one pair of them, if not more. And I want to get better photos than the ones I have. So far, I haven’t been so lucky.

However, I have captured a few other birds. I took this first shot over the weekend when it was 70* out. I sat by our bird feeder and tried to be as still as I could. It wasn’t my strong suit, and I didn’t wait for too long. We have a lot of these chickadees, so I’m planning on taking a lot more photos of them throughout the summer.

A small bird on a tree branch.
I captured this photo of a bird last weekend, and it is one of my favorites.

This bird was photographed several weeks ago when it was still quite chilly out. I don’t remember what I was originally out to photograph, but I’m glad I stopped to photograph this bird. I think it’s a woodpecker, but I’m not 100% sure about that. Either way, this little guy (or gal) is cute and I hope to see more of it. We do have woodpeckers in our yard, so if this isn’t one, I will have plenty of opportunities to photograph them too.

A bird on a tree.
I am really pleased with how this photo turned out.

Do you photograph birds? I’d love to see your photos. Please share them in the comments below. Also, do you have any tips for photographing them? Drop those below too.

April Photo Challenge

My April photo challenge was to photograph April showers. And lucky for me, there were plenty of rainy days. So I went out on one of them after work and photographed what looked interesting. I went to the Wiouwash Trail and walked until I was too wet and cold to keep going.

The feature photo is my favorite of the three photos. I am a sucker for waterfalls, no matter how big or small they are, and I was surprised to see this one. So, I crouched down to try and make it more pronounced than it actually was.

As I was walking down the trail, I saw this tree and I thought it looked interesting; standing alone on the edge of the field. And with the moody gray clouds, I couldn’t resist taking the photo.

For my April photo challenge, I took this photo of a tree along the Wiouwash Trail on a rainy day.
I took this photo of a tree along the Wiouwash Trail to capture the cloudy, rainy day..

After I took this photo of a tree, I stood in the middle of this creek to capture the next image. And I’m really glad I did, so I could get the right angle of the creek. I didn’t want to lean over it and hope that everything was straight and in focus. I wanted to show the length of the creek instead of just a small section like I did in the above photo.

My April photo challenge was to photograph a rainy day.
I stood in the middle of this creek to capture this photo.

The next time I go out on a rainy day, I think I’m going to look for more dormant trees. I want to capture an eerie mood so I can turn the images into Halloween cards. However, these evergreen trees don’t quite work for that, but I still enjoy this photo.

For these images, I decided to try editing beyond the basic crop. I altered the color a little bit, to try and turn the blah gray into more defined clouds. Do you think this edit works, or did I go too far with the color? Please let me know in the comments below.

March Photo Challenge

For my March Photo Challenge, I asked my Facebook group to make suggestions. The one I went with was signs of spring. And initially, I was going to use one of my last posts to show you all the signs that I saw; the melting snow, the wet, muddy ground, and the dead grass.

But then, a few days later, I saw the ultimate sign of spring. At least it is in my neck of the woods.

I SAW A ROBIN!

I was sitting at my desk working on something when I happened to look out the window and saw a pair of robins in a tree. My day was made, but I didn’t go out with my camera. At least not initially. I watched them for a few minutes and eventually they flew away.

But then they came back. I took that as a sign to go out with my camera, so I did. By the time I made it to our front yard, the birds were gone. So I sat on the porch in the cold and waited for a few minutes. But it didn’t look like they were going to come back, so I decided to take a quick walk around the yard to see what else I might see.

I had just rounded the corner of our house when I saw the robin on the ground. So I zoomed my lens as far as it would go and took the shot. I didn’t want to get much closer to the bird and scare it away before I took the photo.

  • My March photo challenge was to photograph signs of spring. So I photographed a robin on the ground.

What are the signs of spring that you look forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below.

March Review

I am almost caught up on my blog posts from the past two months. I only have my March review, and my March photo challenge to post before I can start blogging in real time. And I am looking forward to it.

March Review

March was a pretty quiet month for me. We had crazy weather that made going out with my camera challenging. Challenging but worth it when I was able to go out. There were a couple of nice days that I was able to take advantage of, along with a blizzard.

On one of those nice days, I found a new location that I want to explore more once I have a whole day to spend. I’m also waiting for it to dry out a bit so I don’t bring mud home with me.

I attended two craft fairs after taking the month of February off, and I made several connections and sales. However, I’m hoping that April is better. I have three events that I’m attending; one of them is a two-day event.

I started keeping a journal, with my important information and to-do list and I crossed several things off of my list. Which is always a good feeling. I do still have a lot of work to do, and I’m slowly getting more work done, now that I can use my computer. It doesn’t help that I keep adding things to do though.

April Goals

Along with my March review, Here is what I’m planning on doing in what remains of April.

  1. Create and maintain my blog content calendar for the rest of the year. I want to make sure that I can maintain a three-post a week schedule. It’s looking good so far, but I want to make sure that I have enough content ideas.
  2. Finish making postcards and greeting cards. I went back and forth on whether or not to turn all of my 4×6 prints into cards. And since I sell more cards that I do prints, I’ve decided that I should.
  3. Get ready for a two-day craft event. This will be my first two-day event, and I’m looking forward to the experience. It’s going to be too far away from home, so I have to make sure that I have everything that I’ll need for both days, just in case something happens.

How did your March go? What are you planning on doing for the rest of April?

A Walk in the Woods

One evening in March, I decided to go to Asylum Bay to photograph the sunset. I knew the sun wouldn’t be where I wanted it, but I was hoping for some evening glow. When I got to the road where I was supposed to turn, I saw a small gravel parking lot, and my curiosity got the best of me. I pulled in to discover that it was a nature preserve that was open to the public. So I decided to go for a walk there instead. And I have zero regrets.

I took way too many photos while I walked along the path. But it was nice to get some much-needed fresh air and vitamin D. When I was going through my photos, I found three that I actually liked. But that’s how it goes sometimes. I can’t wait to go back in the summer to explore further.

I walked pretty far, and I would have kept going, but I came to a fork in the path. Which would have been ok, except I am directionally challenged, I was alone, and I was running out of daylight. I made several TikToks, and I posted a few photos on my Instagram.

My favorite image is the one on the top left. The one with the creek going through the middle of the composition. Which one is your favorite? Drop a comment below

March Snowstorm

One morning in early March, I woke up to a snowstorm. Thankfully, I made it to the day job in one piece. But the snow kept coming. I think it finally stopped around noon maybe? I know that it was for sure done before I left for home. Anyway, none of that was really important to the story.

On my way home, I saw several sights that looked better covered in snow, and I debated whether I should drive back with my camera. I wanted to capture the snow since it will (hopefully) be the last time I see it until the end of the year, but I didn’t really want to drive again. I’m trying to take my camera out more often than never, and I’ve been neglecting my business for far too long. So I compromised and wandered around my backyard for twenty minutes or so.

My First Image

My first image was a stick stuck in the middle of a huge puddle on the edge of our yard and the neighbor’s yard. It’s actually a low spot that floods every year, more than a puddle. I have always enjoyed photographing this area when I stay home. And this is usually the first place I look.

A stick in the water.
This is a low spot in the area between our yard and the neighbor’s yard. It floods every year

My Second Image

Then I walked around to the front out our house and I saw our cedar bushes with a blanket of snow on them. I thought that that composition would make for a cute holiday card, so I tried to angle myself in such a way that our house wasn’t in the photo. And then I walked a little further and saw the opening between the shrubs and our house, so I took more photos. The birds weren’t too happy with me being there, so I moved on.

The branches of our cedar bush after our March snowstorm.
I looked up through the branches of the cedar bush to capture this photo.

My Third Image

My third and final image was a little pine tree. We had planted it a few years ago, and I knew I had to take a photo of it. Once I got that shot, I started to head back in. But then I realized that I hadn’t made any TikToks. So I walked in reverse to make them.

Our little pine tree in the snow.
Our baby pine tree in the snow. I’m looking forward to photographing this tree as it gets bigger.

March Sunset

I had not intended on going on a photo adventure that evening in early March. I had dinner plans with my family at their house, and I like to visit before we eat. But I saw the sky from my kitchen window and I made the quick decision to go.

I asked if they minded if I took photos in their backyard. They said dinner wasn’t done cooking yet, so I was more that welcome to take some photos. So, I grabbed my gear and headed out.

I kept an eye on the sun the entire drive over there, hoping that it would cooperate. But the closer I got, the more I realized that it wasn’t going to. When I got to their house, I took my camera out anyway. There are several trees in the field across the street that I’ve been wanting to photograph for a long time. The sky was cloudy and moody by that tree so it made for a more interesting composition.

Several trees in a field.
Several trees in a field. I love the contrast of the gray sky against the yellow remains of last year’s crops.

Once I captured that photo, I walked around to the back of their yard to see what I saw. I wasn’t sure if anything would look interesting, but I wanted to take a look. My love of tall grass saw the color of the sky making for a nice contrast to the weeds. I took a few photos at different focal lengths and angles to find the perfect shot. I made a TikTok of that area, and I posted it which was the first one I’ve posted since mid-February. That post got me over 100 followers, which made my day.

The tall grass against the sunset.
I got as low to the ground as I could without actually sitting in the wet mud to capture this photo.

What is one thing that you always seem to photograph? Something that seems strange to other people, but you just can’t help yourself?