Silent Sunday: Midwest Hiking Scenes

Silent Sunday: Midwest Hiking Scenes

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View of Onalaska from Greens Coulee Hike, July 2018 © Carol Labuzzetta
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View of Mississippi River from Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa.
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Mounds and Overlooks at Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2015
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Seven Bridges Road, Iron Bridge. Wisconsin. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2003.
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Up to Brady’s Bluff, Perrot State Park, Trempealeau Wisconsin, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2016
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Holland Sand Prairie, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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Timm’s Hill Trail, Northern Wisconsin Woods, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2015

Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge, Prairie Loop Trail, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017

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View of Marshland/Mid-west Migratory Bird Flyway over LaCrosse as seen from                GrandDad’s Bluff, WI. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2015
Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

Enjoy the variety of “lines” in my photography as these are my submission to the Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: Lines.

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Lines on a Garden Bench in a late April snow. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2018
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Lines of Walnut and Maple on a homemade skateboard. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2015.

 

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The stair form contrasting lines at St. Peter’s Church in St. Georges Bermuda. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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Lines of Cypress Trees and Benches at Iowa State University, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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Lines on the Deck, lines on the fence, and lines on the chairs – manmade lines. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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License Plates – Collected and in Lines. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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Lines are not always straight. One of my favorite photos from a D.C. trip in 2010. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2010.
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The straight lines of a footbridge in Iowa. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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A line of sight is essential when protection the Royal Fleet in Bermuda. Royal Navy Dockyard. Bermuda, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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A Bench of Lines at our cabin in the Northwoods contrasts with the wildness of coneflowers.           © Carol Labuzzetta, 2016.
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

Some of my favorite photos are those of the sunrises and sunsets. I have been known to run and grab my camera when the sky is ablaze with color, no matter where we are or the time of day.  Given this fact, my photographic submissions for The Daily Post’s challenge for this week are from not only my front and backyard but from beaches, lakes, and oceans as far away as the Hawaiian Islands and Florida Keys to the Northern Wisconsin Woods. All photos are from my own body of work, please do not reproduce!

 

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Kauai Sunset at the Marriott, 2013. © Carol Labuzzetta

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Sunset at the Cabin, 2015. © Carol Labuzzetta
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Sunset on the island of Kauai, 2013. © Carol Labuzzetta
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Sunrise in the Coulee. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2016
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Sunset after a Storm, 2017. © Carol Labuzzetta
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Sunset on the California Coast – Carlsbad Beach. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2012.
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Sunset on Hawk’s Cay, Florida Keys, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2010.
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Florida Keys Sunset on Hawk’s Cay. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2010
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Sun Shadow Phenomenon,  Hawk’s Cay, Florida Keys, 2010. © Carol Labuzzetta
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Lake Michigan Sunset. © Carol Labuzzetta
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Sunset Reflection over the Lake, Wisconsin North Woods. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2016
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Moon set on Christmas Morning, 2015, Mt. Haleakala, Maui. © Carol Labuzzetta
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Sunrise over the clouds at the break of Christmas Day, 2015. Mt. Haleakala, Maui.                           © Carol Labuzzetta
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Sunrise in the Coulee behind our home. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.

Thanks for viewing my submissions for the The Daily Post’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set. I hope you enjoyed the view!

Silent Sunday: Deep Winter

Silent Sunday: Deep Winter

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False Blue Indigo Seed Pods in Winter, © Carol Labuzzetta
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Adirondack  Chairs at Lake, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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Winter Scene on a Drive, © Carol Labuzzetta
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Dorm at Iowa State in the Snow, © Carol Labuzzetta
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Timm’s Hill Trail, Northern Wisconsin, © Carol Labuzzetta

 

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Evergreen Bough, © Carol Labuzzetta
Weekly WPC: Tour Guide, My Town, My Yard

Weekly WPC: Tour Guide, My Town, My Yard

Let me be your tour guide! The Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is Tour Guide. We are challenged to show photos of where we live and give a little insight on why we love it so much! I think my photos speak for themselves!

In this first shot, you have a  panoramic view of the New Amsterdam Grasslands. It is a conserved piece of property within the town limits and is the nesting habitat for countless birds, some of which are threatened or endangered. I love it because our town, in West Central Wisconsin, has grown by leaps and bounds in the last twenty years. It is one of the fastest growing areas of our state! I am so pleased to be part of a community that conserves its natural resources and wide open spaces!

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The second photograph shows one of my many perennial beds in my yard. This one  is kidney-shaped and very large. We put it in one of the first years we lived here. It is very colorful and has an iron bench that sits facing our house. I get a lot of satisfaction from weeding this garden, as it is easy to maintain and has some of my favorite plants like liatris, Russian Sage, Jacob’s Ladder, and Karl Forster Grass. The choke cherry shrub provides food for the birds.

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One of the things I love the most about where I live is the beautiful sunrises as seen here, and the equally beautiful sunsets.  Both are gorgeous! But, I found that gazing at a multi-colored sky, early in the morning is a great way to start the day!

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This is our barn and  maple tree  a couple of years ago, in the fall. Sadly, the cornfield is no longer there, as it has been recently replaced by a new housing track.

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We are lucky enough to have a home fruit orchard, pictured here. Although maintaining the fruit trees is a lot of work, it is fun to harvest the fruit and share our bounty with others. We have apples, sour cherries, pears, and plums in our orchard. There are about 35 trees in all. Last fall we had a cider making party with friends which is going to become an annual tradition.

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As well as beautiful sunrises, we often have rainbows over the coulees. I love the vibrancy of colors shown in this scene that I captured this past year. It looks over our backyard towards the neighbors and bluffs.

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As you can tell, one of things I most appreciate about where I live is the natural beauty.

Thanks for letting me be your Tour Guide of West Central Wisconsin, U.S.A..

It is a great place to live and well worth a visit!

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

Silent Sunday: Flowers of 2017

Silent Sunday: Flowers of 2017

 

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Limelight Hydrangea, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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Butterfly Bush, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017

Milkweed species in my yard: Common Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, and Rose Milkweed. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.

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Fall Mums, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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Lilacs on Iowa State Campus in May, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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Hoary Puccoon, on the Prairie in Trempealeau, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017 

Above: My growing orchid collection.Newest (yellow) to oldest (fuchsia, re-bloom)

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Bleeding Heart, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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Liatris, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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Clematis, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017

 

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorite Photos

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorite Photos

Below are my submissions to the end of the year WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for 2017: Favorite Photos.

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Minnesota Sky on July 31st, © Carol Labuzzetta
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Tagged 25 Monarch Butterflies this year. One of the last to go this fall. © Carol Labuzzetta
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Bermuda House and Lighthouse from the Harbor, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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Inside the Light House after climbing over 180 stairs. The Lens. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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Coneflower on the Prairie. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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On I-90.  A Huge Cow on a Trailer. Only in Wisconsin – The Dairy State! © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, South Hampton Bermuda, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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Horseshoe Bay Beach Bermuda at Dusk. Pink Sand and Sky. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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Wide Open Spaces. New Amsterdam Prairie. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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The Sky. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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A Street in St. George, Bermuda. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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Grandma’s African Violet lives on well after she is gone. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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Bountiful Blueberry Harvest, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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Monarch eggs were found plentiful in my own backyard, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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Monarch Chrysalis,© Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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End of the Year on the Deck, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.