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Door County – Day 2

Door County, Day 2
We took a ride up the inland side of Door County. First stop was the Francis Hardy Gallery in Ephraim, WI. The gallery showcases the work of Door County artists. The gallery, formerly Anderson Warehouse, is a work of art itself from decades of boaters who would paint their vessel’s name on the warehouse’s clapboard siding. After we left the gallery, we couldn’t resist a quick stop at Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor for some Home-Brewed Root Beer Floats.

Next, we drove through Peninsula State Park, one of five parks in Door County. Since it was early October, the full autumn colors weren’t all in yet, but it was still a beautiful drive. Within the park is the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Look closely at the left tree trunk in my “Face in Tree” photo (#14).

We continued our drive up to Northport, WI, where I took a couple of pictures of the Ferry. We thought about going to Washington Island, but the water was pretty choppy. I didn’t want to chance getting seasick, especially since I didn’t have any motion sickness pills with me.

On the way back, I spotted this great old DeSoto in Ellison Bay, WI. If that car could talk, there would probably be some pretty good stories to go along with the bullet hole in the windshield.

We made our way back to Egg Harbor. To our surprise, there was a Pumpkin Patch Festival going on. We couldn’t find a place to park, but everyone looked liked they were have a great time. We went on. No trip would be complete without stopping at the Door Peninsula Winery in Carlsville, WI. We bought plenty of wines, jams and jellies to bring back. Yum!


Door County, WI – The Ride Up

October is a beautiful time of the year to head up to Door County in Wisconsin. I’ll break up our trip into a few posts.

On the way up, we stopped at The Flying Pig, in Algoma, WI. It’s a great artist gallery and greenspace. They have wonderful art indoors, plus beautiful garden art and sculptures outside. An added bonus was that they have a little coffee cafe, which came in handy after our 4 1/2 hour drive. Susan and Robyn couldn’t have been more helpful and invited us to look around. They had so many wonderful things to choose from, I had to stop myself from buying more.

We stayed the first night in Sturgeon Bay, WI at the Stone Harbor Resort, I can see why they were named the “Best Lakeshore Resort”. The resort is located on the water, just minutes away from historic downtown Sturgeon Bay. The view from our room was beautiful. We arrived late and left early the next morning, but the staff we met were wonderful, the room was clean and the breakfast the next morning was delicious! We definitely will be back!

I took a drive to the Sturgeon Bay Lighthouse to see the sunrise. It was a perfect autumn day and the sunrise over Lake Michigan was beautiful!

Spring to Autumn in the Garden

Every year I plant a garden. In the past, I just planted vegetables. We had a great crop of onions and banana peppers this year. The tomatoes didn’t do so well. My fault, I planted them too close to each other. The green peppers came in, but remained small. Perhaps, they were too close to each other as well. The hot weather certainly didn’t help.

Last year, I added Rose bushes. This year, a variety of flowers. We also planted some trees. It’s always bittersweet to clean up the garden in the fall, something I just worked on this week. All the flowers are gone, yet the beautiful autumn colors are finally here.

Cemetery Explorer

Here are a few color images from my Cemetery exploring walks. It’s very relaxing and peaceful walking through each cemetery. I try to get to one every month or two. I spend most of my time in the older sections, since the older statues are simply beautiful.

Eternal Slumber

My Eternal Slumber series represent a serene view of a subject that is typically shown as dark or haunting. My images are filled with light. They allow the viewer to take time to reflect on society’s view of death and dying.

Spending time in each cemetery has been very comforting for me personally. This exploration has helped prepare me for the loss of a loved one, as well as, to provide an opportunity to visit those that have passed. My choice of cemetery statuary as a subject allowed me to merge documentary photography with fine art. I am inspired to push myself creatively.

I invite you to explore my series and contemplate the meaning behind these statues, and perhaps, to wonder how you would like to be remembered. Additional photos in this series can be found at