2014 was again devoted to regional Mid-West projects including Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and local Chicago area scenes.
Holy Hill Basilica
I travelled to Hubertus, Wisconsin to photograph Holy Hill Basilica. Holy Hill is located in southeast Wisconsin, on the highest elevation in that part of the state. Situated on 435 acres of rural countryside, it provides a beautiful and serene setting for photo opportunities.
Their website provides the following brief historical perspective, “As early as 1903, Holy Hill was declared a Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians. In 2006, the Shrine was raised to the status of Minor Basilica. But as far back as the 1700s and perhaps earlier, the American Indians came to Holy Hill because they considered it a sacred place.”
Air Classics Museum
July brought a visit to the Air Classics Museum in Sugar Grove, Illinois. There on display are some classic wartime aircraft that saw service during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
The Fabyan Windmill is an authentic, working Dutch windmill dating to the 1850’s located in Geneva, Illinois. In 1979 it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The 5-story wooden smock mill with a stage stands 68 feet tall and sits upon the onetime estate of Colonel George Fabyan.
North Woods Project
In October I travelled to Northern Wisconsin, and was based out of Eagle River. I photographed Bond Falls near Paulding Michigan, and Agate Falls near Bruce Crossing, both are on the Ontonagon River and located in the Ottawa National Forest. Another subject in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was Horse Race Rapids on the Paint River located near Crystal Falls, Michigan. The final day shooting was spent in Vilas County, Wisconsin capturing beautiful fall color.
I had planned additional locations but more time was required than originally planned. So one of my goals for 2015 is to complete the project and photograph waterfalls located in Northwest Wisconsin, Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Lake Superior scenes.