I’m pleased to report that my article about deer poaching in Wisconsin has received a photography award from the Milwaukee Press Club (the picture below is one of several photographs included in the article). Click here to check out the full article. I won’t be too hurt if you skim it for the pictures. 😉
I’ve been taking pictures at work, here are some shots of the new Sugarbush House within a winter nature backdrop.
With hundreds of sugar maple trees on the property, maple sugar season is a big deal. I’ve enjoyed watching and documenting the progress of this building as it sits amongst the trees. Complete Maple Sugarin’ details here.
I’m in a photography class this semester, intro to photography. Interestingly enough, it’s a film class. I’m learning to understand the mechanics behind taking pictures: aperture, shutter, ISO, the relationship of how one must compensate for the others, all that necessary stuff. I’m glad those words are beginning to have meaning, and I look forward to developing a greater understanding. Working at it, trying to improve on what I’m doing.
I went out for a little jaunt to take some pictures of the vibrant, rain glistening greens of lichen and moss on the last day of fall at Riveredge Nature Center. Here are my favorites from my brief walk. Click the arrow on the right side of the image to see more.
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Here is a little celebration in pictures of this last day of fall at Riveredge. Nothing makes those #fall colors come to life like a little bit of rain. . . . . . #nature #autumn #dearmke #explorewisconsin #wisconsin #fallcolors #moss #lichen #leaves #forest #milwaukeeriver
Yesterday it was a pretty foggy morning at Riveredge Nature Center…
but then the sun came out for some pretty nice shots of light, shadows, and residual fog. Click the arrow to see a few more.
Tamaracks offer a fantastic luminescence when struck by the afternoon sun. The nature of lovely fall trees in Wisconsin.
I spent yesterday morning taking pictures of explorer Eric Larsen at Riveredge Nature Center. Due to climate change, he’ll likely be the last person to ski to the North Pole. That’s a strange feeling, sharing company with someone who will be the last to do something – and he’s not old. Right now, Eric is currently traversing Wisconsin via foot, bike, and kayak, while raising funds for Riveredge summer camps, a venture called WisconsATHON.
I took the above picture as Eric was getting his equipment together to begin paddling the Milwaukee River. In the morning I took photos of Eric on his bike, with him art directing where I should be located, which angle, what to focus on, the differences between placement due to light and shadow, et cetera. This was a really interesting experience, as he spends a lot of time setting up his own shots when he’s out solo exploring. I appreciated hearing the reasons behind his choices.
I’m not a photographer, but I would say I dabble, mainly to provide visual support for my words. As a person who sees stories and ideas and tries to render them, one really separates genres to their own peril. We have so many storytelling options available: words, pictures, audio, video, that they can all work in concert if done well. That’s part of the reason I consider myself a multimedia journalist, although I often tell people I’m a writer for sake of simplicity.
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Overlooking the #Milwaukee River on the trails at Riveredge Nature Center. This is a beautiful time of year to throw on a sweater and explore our 10 miles of trails! . . . . . #nature #wisconsin #RiveredgeWild #fall #leaves #river #trails #hiking #dearmke #milwaukeebeautiful #explore #midwest #explorewisconsin #visitmke #travelwi
I mentioned to Eric my disappointment that a publication decided to pass on some of my researched fact-based poems. These pieces are a combination of journalism and poetry – not the familiar confessionalist works consumed by a writer’s feelings. The response was the usual “Oh it’s poetry and we don’t publish poetry – unless you’re a poet laureate.”
I’m not surprised, getting anyone to read poetry is never-ending missionary work – so many people have a lifelong aversion due to the reading they were assigned in high school. Also, in creating work that straddles genres, many people will not immediately join you for the ride. Humans seem to like placing things into neat compartments, classifications. Until something becomes its own genre, its own compartment, many people don’t know what to do with something.
“The only thing better than a ‘no’ is a ‘yes,” said Eric. “With a ‘no’ at least you can move on to the next thing.”
A great point, a “no” means the waiting is done. On to the next.
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Sun growing long on undulating hills of autumn. People talk about the golden colors of fall, but I’ve always thought brass was more accurate. Or bronze. This is the view out the back door while eating a late afternoon apple at @riveredgenaturecenter . . . . . . #autumn #fall #nature #naturephotography #wisconsin #explorewisconsin #iphonephotography #landscape
This past week I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend the annual Society of Environmental Journalists Conference, which took place in Flint, Michigan this year. Thanks to the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research for offering scholarships to college students in the region.
Participants took part in educational seminars, brainstorming sessions, spoke with scientists, and acquainted other colleagues, editors, and publishers in the field. Tours were offered throughout the region, and I elected to visit the Pigeon River Country State Park. We saw three bull elk – a first for me!
In Downtown Flint, the Mott Foundation Building stands as essentially a cathedral of Art Deco design.
I walked around a little and explored the immediate surroundings. Some parts of the city still have an eerie ghost town vibe. I didn’t take this sign up on the invitation to walk in.
Another shot from the Pigeon River Country. The Michigan woods are quite lovely in fall.