This web site is meant to show you the state through my eyes and camera lens --- the people, the land, the culture. I invite you to browse around, and enjoy the photos and content. I have changed the theme from "Wisconsin Central" to "Wisconsin thru my eyes." The url www.wisconsincentral still applies. Ed Marek


The Pine Creek Project - Restore & Preserve Brook Trout


Research into the Pine Creek Project south of Maiden Rock unveils a ton of interesting geologic, geographic, and environmental information. Had I been smarter, I would have brought some waterproof boots up to the knee to walk around what was, in March 2018, a pretty wet area. My photography regrettably was confined to what I could get and keep my feet dry. Pine Creek emerges from springs at the base of the bluffs along the Mississippi such as these. It is a tributary of the Mississippi. Speaking broadly, those who treasure trout fishing and trout habitats have been the main force behind saving and improving typer quality of the creek. It is amazing and gratifying that such an effort would be spent on a creek. June 20, 2018. Go to story.

Adrift above Maiden Rock and Pepin in Western Uplands


This is a crazy story about what turned out to be a crazy excursion into the Western Uplands Geographic Region of Wisconsin, largely above Maiden Rock and Pepin. Briefly, on a previous trip to Stockholm, I was sure I spotted two small towns I would want to see again, but through a blinding rainstorm that. Therefore I was not sure where I was and kept on driving. So thjisd year I returned to the area to find them. I did not find them, to my great frustration. I drove around a large but manageable section of the Western Uplands above Maiden Rock and Pepin, searching. No luck. However, I did run across sights that I probably would never have seen had I not done this search. Many might find my definition of an interesting place mundane. I found most of them to be heartening. When I came home and did some research, I was surprised at what I learned about what I had seen. May 24, 2018. Go to story.

Watertown - absorbing, fascinating


I visited Watertown, frankly, for no compelling reason. I had heard it was about equidistant from Milwaukee and Madison, but I had no interest in visiting either on this trip. Once I started investigating the city, I found what looked like a great B&B close to town, and I was interested in getting the rest B&Bs so frequently offer. Once I got to town, the B&B did not disappoint, I was surprised by a few things I saw, and I found plenty to do in a day-long car tour and another day up at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, about 30 minutes drive to the north. All in all, time well spent. When I got home and started to research the city. I found out a great deal about its history and some of its facilities. I found I need to go back and take in many of its historic structures which I missed in the historic downtown area, each of which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Watertown is much more than a city half-way between Madison and Milwaukee. Fascinating. May 4, 2018. Go to story.

Ledge County Park


I came across Ledge Park in Dodge County quite by chance, on my way to Horicon Marsh. I was on Hwy 28 north out of my base in Watertown, came to Horicon Town, and saw a sign to Ledge County Park. The inclusion of the word "ledge" attracted my interest so I headed east on Hwy 33 to CH TW and headed north. Watch for the signs as you will be taken through some turns. It was April, incredibly cool and windy weather, but I went into the park anyway. A sign there took me to a scenic overlook. My hiking days are over so the overlook would have to do.Ledge Park lies along the Niagara Escarpment, a natural rock ledge which divides the park into upper and lower areas and provides a breathtaking overlook of the famous Horicon Marsh and the surrounding countryside. My hiking days are over so the overlook would have to do. April 19, 2018. Go to story.

The Maiden Rock Inn, on the Great River Trail

"Where sleeping in school is cool"


The Western Uplands Geographic Region of Wisconsin extends from just north of St. Croix Falls to Wisconsin's southern border and spreads eastward in an irregular way through much of Eau Claire, Sauk, Dunn and Rock counties. It is wonderful country. I decided to spend a few days exploring the region to the north of Maiden Rock on The Mississippi River northeast to Hwy 10, eastward to Durand and south to Pepin on the Mississippi. I was most fortunate to find the Maiden Rock Inn Bed & Breakfast, owned and operated by Jennifer and Gary Peterson, the Inn's gracious hosts. I commend their website to you. Their presentation is quite professional. I'll try to supplement it as best I can. I will tell you one thing for sure: I slept like a rock at the Inn, even enjoying the trains traveling up and down the Mississippi's shoreline. April 10, 2018. Go to story.

Big Falls - Little Falls, Whatsis?


It was a very nice day in July 2017 so I decided to goof off and ride around. I didn't have any plan. After driving around aimlessly I came to the Village of Big Falls in northwestern Waupaca County. I would later learn there is a place called Little Falls just about a mile to the southeast. Big Falls is a very small community. Signs say 61, census said 57. I would later learn there is a place called Little Falls just about a mile to the southeast. Little Falls is really just a place name. It belongs to the Town of Wyoming. There is something marvelous about visiting such small villages and towns. They are usually out in a rural area, the people are almost always wonderful, and on this day I simply had a good time. January 26, 2018. Go to story.

Gallery USA


New! Chadron Region, Nebraska
January 27, 2018

Gallery USA: I served 20 years in the USAF, mostly overseas, and then ran my own business for some ten years, then lost my wife to cancer, remarried, and moved to Wisconsin. So there is much of the United States I have not seen. In fact, I am a bit embarrassed that I have seen so little. Once in a while now, according to what the budget will tolerate, I manage to go out of Wisconsin to visit our wonderful country. I have found some great places and, of course, taken some interesting photography. I confess having grown up in the east, I lean toward going west! I'd like to share these with you. Visit the Gallery.