Posted by: kerryl29 | July 1, 2019

Wisconsin: Baxter’s Hollow

When I left off the narrative at the end of my last Wisconsin-based post, I was wrapping up at Parfrey’s Glen just as the sun burst from behind the clouds, right around noon.  It appeared that the sun was going to remain visible for the rest of the day, which would not be fortuitous given the photography I was going to be doing.  So, I decided to do some scouting.  Around mid-afternoon, with the sun still very much a factor, I drove to Baxter’s Hollow Preserve, 10-15 minutes from where I was staying in Baraboo.

Otter Creek, Baxter’s Hollow Preserve, Sauk County, Wisconsin

Baxter’s Hollow is a Nature Conservancy property in Sauk County, open to the public.  I wasn’t sure what to anticipate when I went there, since there wasn’t much of a description that I could find online, but I certainly didn’t have great expectations.  I drove to the end of the paved road that runs through the property and then walked back along the road for a mile or so to better scout possible photo opportunities.  I found much more than I expected.

Otter Creek, Baxter’s Hollow Preserve, Sauk County, Wisconsin

A waterway–Otter Creek–runs along the road at Baxter’s Hollow and my investigation found numerous possibilities under the right conditions (i.e. even light), particularly if I donned my rubber boots.  I spent 45 minutes or an hour scouting and then walked back to my vehicle.  The sun was still out, but it was now late in the afternoon and I moved my car closer to one of the shooting locations I had earlier identified.  Shortly thereafter, in a (very) rare bit of serendipity, it started to cloud up and essentially from that point on, the location was shootable.  I spent the next several hours working the variety of locations that I’d found.

Otter Creek, Baxter’s Hollow Preserve, Sauk County, Wisconsin

Most of the spots I’d identified were of Otter Creek, in one form or fashion.

Otter Creek Black & White, Baxter’s Hollow Preserve, Sauk County, Wisconsin

While the majority of images were made with a 24-70 mm lens, I did pull out the telephoto rig on a few occasions.

Otter Creek Intimate, Baxter’s Hollow Preserve, Sauk County, Wisconsin

Baxter’s Hollow Preserve, Sauk County, Wisconsin

While most of the early creek photographing I engaged in was from the bank, about midway through the session I climbed down to creek level and into the water.

Otter Creek, Baxter’s Hollow Preserve, Sauk County, Wisconsin

The final location at which I spent time was particularly fruitful.  There was a small cascade, edged by fallen tree trunks, and surrounded by plethora of rocks.

Otter Creek, Baxter’s Hollow Preserve, Sauk County, Wisconsin

There were a number of conifers on the adjoining bank at this spot and you can see evidence of this given numerous pine needles covering some of the foreground rocks.

Otter Creek, Baxter’s Hollow Preserve, Sauk County, Wisconsin

I simply moved closer and closer to the cascade and kept finding new compositions and perspectives to explore.

Otter Creek, Baxter’s Hollow Preserve, Sauk County, Wisconsin

Otter Creek Black & White, Baxter’s Hollow Preserve, Sauk County, Wisconsin

Upon finishing at Baxter’s Hollow, I drove out of the woods, back into the adjoining farm land and made one image of the sinewy part of Otter Creek that meanders through this pastoral setting.

Otter Creek Farm Black & White, Sauk County, Wisconsin

The clouds parted enough so that there was actually a sunset of sorts, and I drove about five miles west into the midst of a sprawling area of Sauk County farms in an attempt to take advantage of the conditions.

Pastoral Evening, Sauk County, Wisconsin

It was not an epic sunset by any stretch, but it was interesting enough to keep me in place until dusk.

Pastoral Sunset, Sauk County, Wisconsin

Pastoral Dusk, Sauk County, Wisconsin

And with that, the first of my two full days in central Wisconsin came to an end.  The second day would be spent entirely at Devil’s Lake State Park…


Responses

  1. Otter Creek is certainly photo-worthy. I’m glad the light cooperated.

  2. Nice flows of water especially where there are two flows in the vertical shots.I also like the lines in the vertical trees shot, too

  3. Wonderful photo’s

    • Thanks very much!

  4. As a Wisconsinite, I’m so glad you were able to capture the complex, yet simple beauty of nature that we have here. These photos are gorgeous!

    • Thanks very much!

  5. What an array of photos, from the active stream to the serene farmland. I particularly love the first B&W stream shot – so much vitality and motion! Always a treat to armchair travel with you and see the world through your eyes, Kerry.

    • Thanks very much, Lynn!

  6. […] last Wisconsin entry was posted more than a month ago; there’s no time like the present to get back to the […]

  7. You take the most lovely of photos. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award… (https://eilidhhorder.com/2019/10/02/versatile-blogger-award/). Please feel free to accept or ignore… Happy blogging – and may you share many more magical pictures with us!


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