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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

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Horicon Marsh, carved by glaciers, exciting to visit


Horicon Marsh is located about 16 miles southwest of Fond du Lac. A flooded marsh is low lying land easily flooded, and a place that remains waterlogged at all times. About two thirds of the marsh is a National Wildlife Refuge, and the other one-third a State Wildlife Area. It is one of the largest intact freshwater wetlands in the US. I am not normally a prone to visit environmental wonders, but I confess this "exploration" was fun and even exciting. For me the visit turned out to be an adventure. September 13, 2018. Go to story.
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Maiden Rock, hmm … intriguing, and coming alive


Maiden Rock is on the shore of the Mississippi River. It was once a logging and mill town and commercial center. Today it is quite small, aging, with only a few businesses. It is on the Great River Trail in southwest Pierce County. The historic 400 ft. Maiden Rock Bluff is nearby, just a few miles to the south. The town has faced numerous setbacks: fires, floods, and runaway truck crashes. It has only a few businesses, and many homes are old. But there is something about this town I found intriguing and comforting. It is emerging, a rising star, a jewel in the rough, yet remains very much a Wisconsin town. September 1, 2018. Go to story.
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The Pine Creek Project - Restore & Preserve Brook Trout

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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.
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Adrift above Maiden Rock and Pepin in Western Uplands

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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.
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Watertown - absorbing, fascinating


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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.
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Ledge County Park

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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.
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Gallery USA

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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.