Spring has arrived in Driftless Wisconsin

Spring has arrived in Driftless Wisconsin.  Yes, the calendar has turned to April, but nature shows little obligation to schedules. We have seen winter sneak into April before. So we look for signs. Out for my walk up the hill, I found sufficient evidence of spring’s...

Late-winter days in Driftless Wisconsin

“Kitty!,” my two-year-old grandson declares looking out the window.  The excitement rises in his voice.  Closer inspection by my wife reveals a squirrel bounding through the snow, perhaps lured out of its nest by the gathering warmth and light of late winter. Unlike...

Driftless Wisconsin Winter Fun

After a momentary lapse in memory as to what season comes next, Mother Nature has finally given us winter.  While sunny skies and 50 degree weather in December energized the spirit, it confused the brain, which expects to see snow outside the window this time of year....

November Quiet Reveals Driftless Beauty

November in the Driftless region is often referred to as the beginning of the “off-season”. The lush greens of summer have given way to the vibrant hues of autumn. In November leaves are underfoot, the color palette is muted and naked tree branches are visible in...

Happy Trails

Three baby raccoons hung from a nearby tree, clinging like ripe fruit from the branches.  Riley never saw them.  Momma had performed a “bait and switch” to protect her babies and Riley had taken the bait and missed the switch.   Riley and I never lack for discovery on...