You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
Last days on the lake
Summer 2017 -- so far we've been on our annual study tour with the Wisconsin Wetlands Association and hosted daughters Alison and Marlowe and their nuclear families on the lake. Now for a wrap-up of the seasonal photo dump.
This is really disgusting. But enthusiasts consider it the mark of a healthy wetland.
All to do with the food chain, evidently. And, eventually, waterbirds.
But there's still no way we're getting out of this boat.
A tree that came down on Mussent Point four or five years ago, not much left of it now
The gods are angry again.
Another disgustingly healthy wetland
We're just canvassing the little bays at the north end of the lake. Saying goodbye.
Birds in Art 2017
Birds in Art is a well-known annual exhibition, with submissions from all over the world and awards bestowed upon the best of them, held in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin every September.
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, 8 September 2017
Lined up for the opening of the doors, and the mad rush to get on line to pay a notable sum to snag one of the postcards created by this year's artists -- first come first served.
Cousin Rob in a (gasp) elegant suit, and bird tie
A convivial occasion, with wine and canapés, for the viewing of the art, which is virtually impossible in the press of elbows
Oh, thank goodness.
A dancing iPhone on a Wausau street
Melvin on the loose
Melvin the Doge stalking his prey by the lake
Go for it.
Lying in wait
Will fish be next on his programme?
Exploring a little point near the canal bay
A narrow neck separating the back bay from the main lake
-- Wait for us here.
Surf's up on the main lake
The Wonders of Nature (in this case, lightning)
Up the hill to the west
Along the little point
Time to get on with things
From the point looking through the narrows into the bay with the canal in it
Half the forest is under the water
The main lake, with George's island and the State-Owned island in front of it, Adjidaumo on the right
The State-Owned Island
Like a pirate ship limping back into port
A perennial stand of grass on a reef near Raymond's island
We took some samples to show the experts, but they professed to be stumped.