In June I continued the Northwoods project, based out of Ashland, Wisconsin this time I photographed 11 more waterfalls located in Northwest Wisconsin and the Western section of the Michigan Upper Peninsula. Upon completing that project I assembled my second photo book focused on the scenery of Northern Wisconsin and the Michigan UP. The landscape genre has been of special interest to me in my pursuit of photography. The Northwoods region of the Upper Midwest offers remarkable beauty, stunning landscape vistas, and ideal landscape subjects. With this book project in mind, I took over 1,500 original photos and traveled 4,000 miles.
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Bridges of Parke County, Indiana
In October I traveled to Parke County, Indiana located approximately 60 miles west of Indianapolis and shot some of the covered bridges offered there . The trip was over 3 days, October 20th thru 22nd. I was blessed with beautiful weather, the following week the same area was deluged with rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Patricia.
I’m always on the lookout for interesting locations to photograph and I found out about this area in the Chicago Tribune Travel section September last year. In the accompanying Trib article they stated the covered bridges, once common in rural America had mostly disappeared. Madison County, Iowa still has 6 remaining bridges, (remember the movie?); and Lancaster County, Pa., has 29. Parke County has 31 bridges and calls itself the “Covered Bridge Capital of the World.” The article went on to describe while most counties have replaced these structures built between the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Parke County did not have the resources to accomplish that task and that shortcoming led to a tourism blessing complimented by a yearly bridge festival. My trip occurred the week after this year’s festival. Over the time I was there, I was able to shoot 11 of the 31 bridges and along the way captured some interesting barns and fall color.