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Submit Your Picture Now for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest

Now accepting photos for July for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest! Photos will be collected throughout June and I’ll begin posting them in early July.

The winner receives a $50 gift card of their choice* and one of the first copies of Forever Changed.

Don’t forget to pre-order Forever Changed today!

To participate in the 2017 photo contest, send your pictures to jimservi10@gmail.com with the title of your picture and your name.

This photo contest is focused on the great outdoors, recreation, travel, adventure, and the beauty of day-to-day life.  Please avoid selfies, family photos, and such.

Monthly winners will advance to the final contest to be held in December 2017 for a chance to win the grand prize and have their photograph featured on this website. In addition, the 10 pictures with the most “likes” on this website, not Facebook (sorry:), whether they are a monthly winner or not, will advance to the final contest.

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But, in truth it is really more than that. Good pictures makes you stop and smile, while great pictures make you stop and realize how truly great life really is. And that feeling is priceless.

Stay tuned to get your regular dose of that peaceful feeling.

 

 

Rules:

  1. Photos must be your originals. Cropping is okay but no photo-shopping.
  2. Only one photograph per person can be submitted each month.
  3. Monthly winners will not be allowed to submit another photo in 2017.

*Choice will be from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s scrip program which includes a wide variety of selections.

Disclaimer: By submitting your picture for this photo contest, you are authorizing this website to post your picture here and use it for promotional purposes.

Submit Your Picture Now for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest

Now accepting photos for July for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest! Photos will be collected throughout June and I’ll begin posting them in early July.

The winner receives a $50 gift card of their choice* and one of the first copies of Forever Changed.

Don’t forget to pre-order Forever Changed today!

To participate in the 2017 photo contest, send your pictures to jimservi10@gmail.com with the title of your picture and your name.

This photo contest is focused on the great outdoors, recreation, travel, adventure, and the beauty of day-to-day life.  Please avoid selfies, family photos, and such.

Monthly winners will advance to the final contest to be held in December 2017 for a chance to win the grand prize and have their photograph featured on this website. In addition, the 10 pictures with the most “likes” on this website, not Facebook (sorry:), whether they are a monthly winner or not, will advance to the final contest.

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But, in truth it is really more than that. Good pictures makes you stop and smile, while great pictures make you stop and realize how truly great life really is. And that feeling is priceless.

Stay tuned to get your regular dose of that peaceful feeling.

 

Rules:

  1. Photos must be your originals. Cropping is okay but no photo-shopping.
  2. Only one photograph per person can be submitted each month.
  3. Monthly winners will not be allowed to submit another photo in 2017.

*Choice will be from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s scrip program which includes a wide variety of selections.

Disclaimer: By submitting your picture for this photo contest, you are authorizing this website to post your picture here and use it for promotional purposes.

Submit Your Picture Now for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest

Now accepting photos for July for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest! Photos will be collected throughout June and I’ll begin posting them in early July.

The winner receives a $50 gift card of their choice* and one of the first copies of Forever Changed.

Don’t forget to pre-order Forever Changed today!

To participate in the 2017 photo contest, send your pictures to jimservi10@gmail.com with the title of your picture and your name.

This photo contest is focused on the great outdoors, recreation, travel, adventure, and the beauty of day-to-day life.  Please avoid selfies, family photos, and such.

Monthly winners will advance to the final contest to be held in December 2017 for a chance to win the grand prize and have their photograph featured on this website. In addition, the 10 pictures with the most “likes” on this website, not Facebook (sorry:), whether they are a monthly winner or not, will advance to the final contest.

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But, in truth it is really more than that. Good pictures makes you stop and smile, while great pictures make you stop and realize how truly great life really is. And that feeling is priceless.

Stay tuned to get your regular dose of that peaceful feeling.

 

Rules:

  1. Photos must be your originals. Cropping is okay but no photo-shopping.
  2. Only one photograph per person can be submitted each month.
  3. Monthly winners will not be allowed to submit another photo in 2017.

*Choice will be from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s scrip program which includes a wide variety of selections.

Disclaimer: By submitting your picture for this photo contest, you are authorizing this website to post your picture here and use it for promotional purposes.

Submit Your Picture Now for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest

Now accepting photos for June for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest! Photos will be collected throughout May and I’ll begin posting them in early June.

The winner receives a $50 gift card of their choice* and one of the first copies of Forever Changed.

Don’t forget to pre-order Forever Changed today!

To participate in the 2017 photo contest, send your pictures to jimservi10@gmail.com with the title of your picture and your name.

This photo contest is focused on the great outdoors, recreation, travel, adventure, and the beauty of day-to-day life.  Please avoid selfies, family photos, and such.

Monthly winners will advance to the final contest to be held in December 2017 for a chance to win the grand prize and have their photograph featured on this website. In addition, the 10 pictures with the most “likes” on this website, not Facebook (sorry:), whether they are a monthly winner or not, will advance to the final contest.

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But, in truth it is really more than that. Good pictures makes you stop and smile, while great pictures make you stop and realize how truly great life really is. And that feeling is priceless.

Stay tuned to get your regular dose of that peaceful feeling.

Rules:

  1. Photos must be your originals. Cropping is okay but no photo-shopping.
  2. Only one photograph per person can be submitted each month.

*Choice will be from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s scrip program which includes a wide variety of selections.

Disclaimer: By submitting your picture for this photo contest, you are authorizing this website to post your picture here and use it for promotional purposes.

Submit Your Picture Now for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest

Now accepting photos for June for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest! Photos will be collected throughout May and I’ll begin posting them in early June.

The winner receives a $50 gift card of their choice* and one of the first copies of Forever Changed.

Don’t forget to pre-order Forever Changed today!

To participate in the 2017 photo contest, send your pictures to jimservi10@gmail.com with the title of your picture and your name.

This photo contest is focused on the great outdoors, recreation, travel, adventure, and the beauty of day-to-day life.  Please avoid selfies, family photos, and such.

Monthly winners will advance to the final contest to be held in December 2017 for a chance to win the grand prize and have their photograph featured on this website. In addition, the 10 pictures with the most “likes” on this website, not Facebook (sorry:), whether they are a monthly winner or not, will advance to the final contest.

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But, in truth it is really more than that. Good pictures makes you stop and smile, while great pictures make you stop and realize how truly great life really is. And that feeling is priceless.

Stay tuned to get your regular dose of that peaceful feeling.

Rules:

  1. Photos must be your originals. Cropping is okay but no photo-shopping.
  2. Only one photograph per person can be submitted each month.

*Choice will be from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s scrip program which includes a wide variety of selections.

Disclaimer: By submitting your picture for this photo contest, you are authorizing this website to post your picture here and use it for promotional purposes.

On Wisconsin Outdoors: May/June 2017 Product 6-Pack

Product 6-Pack
Fishing in full swing, trying to tag a late season turkey, or just taking it easy

Turkey on a Stick
You may have seen the video and if you haven’t – take a look. A big gobbler is slowly trailing some hens, that are clearly not interested, through a field. Calling doesn’t get his attention. Finally, the hunter emerges behind a Jake decoy and the gobbler goes crazy. Defending his territory, the big Tom runs to chase the competition away. But the hunter is waiting and they are in for some close, quick action. I was skeptical at first but this product really works and brings a whole new excitement level to turkey hunting. ($48.45)
primos.com

Crazy Creek Comfort Chair
This one comes from a friend who spends every waking minute in the outdoors. “What took me years to figure out was how awesome a sitting pad is,” was his advice. Perfect for making all your outdoor activities more comfortable, plus you can use it for taking in a ball game this summer. Easy to carry handles, light at 783 grams, and foam padding to insulate you and make hard surfaces more comfortable. Quick release buckets for multiple back angles. Available in multiple sizes and configurations. ($29.50)
crazycreek.com

 

Irish Setter 2870 Vaprtrek Waterproof Boots
Perfect combination of UltraDry waterproof lining and synthetic material over leather for waterproof, yet breathable boots. That means you can practically use them year-round for all your outdoor adventures. Even utilizes ScentBan scent control and Realtree Camouflage. Ankle-high at 8-inches weighing 1.3 pounds. ArmaTac Toe Protection saves you the pain of stubbed toes. Rubber soles. Great reviews on price/value, comfort, and fit. ($106.35-$149.99)
irishsetterboots.com

Mepps Musky Flashabou
Musky fishermen are always looking for the edge and this just might be it to hook your trophy this year. Increase hook-ups and decrease thrown hooks with a holographic flashabou tail tied around two solid treble hooks on a split-ring assembly. Spinners designed to cast a larger profile to attract fish from long distances. Single and double blade configurations available. Both blade and tail come in 10 different color combination to match any fishing situation. ($25.20)
mepps.com

Live Target Swimbait series
Newly designed, the level of innovation in these lures is impressive. Seven freshwater species from yellow perch to gizzard shad are designed to replicate the movement of that particular species with precise internal weight systems and customized tails. Extremely detailed coloring. Dorsal fins are positioned to acts as a weed guard. The realism is unbelievable. This lure is a solid addition to any tackle box. ($9.99-$18.99)
livetargetlures.com

Siberian Cooler’s Alpha series
Started only recently, this company is dedicated to creating coolers that meet the needs of outdoorsmen. It looks like they accomplished that with this series. Cooler walls are made with up to 2.75 inches of insulation to keep your food and beverages chilled or preserve your hard-earned game. Latches were carefully designed with anodized aluminum to withstand harsh environments, yet open and close with ease. Four sizes – 22, 45, 65, and 85 quarts. Lifetime warranty. ($159.99-$349.99)
siberiancoolers.com

First published in On Wisconsin Outdoors on May 1, 2017

Trail Cam of a Different Kind – Ruffed Grouse Drumming

One of my favorite sounds in spring is the thump, thump, thump as a ruffed grouse starts their drumming sequence in hopes of attracting a mate. We’re lucky that we usually hear one or two right outside of our house every year. A few years back I wanted to capture him on camera and set up my trail camera near his drumming log.

Here are the great pictures that I found when I returned:

Submit Your Picture Now for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest

Now accepting photos for June for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest! Photos will be collected throughout May and I’ll begin posting them in early June.

The winner receives a $50 gift card of their choice* and one of the first copies of Forever Changed.

Don’t forget to pre-order Forever Changed today!

To participate in the 2017 photo contest, send your pictures to jimservi10@gmail.com with the title of your picture and your name.

This photo contest is focused on the great outdoors, recreation, travel, adventure, and the beauty of day-to-day life.  Please avoid selfies, family photos, and such.

Monthly winners will advance to the final contest to be held in December 2017 for a chance to win the grand prize and have their photograph featured on this website. In addition, the 10 pictures with the most “likes” on this website, not Facebook (sorry:), whether they are a monthly winner or not, will advance to the final contest.

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But, in truth it is really more than that. Good pictures makes you stop and smile, while great pictures make you stop and realize how truly great life really is. And that feeling is priceless.

Stay tuned to get your regular dose of that peaceful feeling.

Rules:

  1. Photos must be your originals. Cropping is okay but no photo-shopping.
  2. Only one photograph per person can be submitted each month.

*Choice will be from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s scrip program which includes a wide variety of selections.

Disclaimer: By submitting your picture for this photo contest, you are authorizing this website to post your picture here and use it for promotional purposes.

Ice Age Trail Chronicles: Turtle Rock

Ice Age Trail Chronicles:
Turtle Rock Segment, Lincoln County
October 10, 2016

Another Federal holiday, another day to hike the Ice Age Trail. The Turtle Rock was our destination on this beautiful fall day. Kevin parked his truck on Burma Road, where we met that day. I picked him up and off we went to start on Highway E. When hiking a longer segment like this, it works best to have two vehicles. As it turns out though, we would only need one.

We started into the south, planning to complete the approximately four mile segment, and end at Kevin’s truck on Burma. Simple enough in theory, as long as you follow the clearly marked trail. Bright yellow spray paint illuminates the path thanks to Ice Age Trail volunteers.

A small creek, with a series of old beaver ponds, paralleled our route as we began. Rounding the corner, a wood duck took flight from his hiding spot. Here the creek crossed our path. Up the hill we went through my favorite portion of the trail. Young white birch trees grew thick on both sides to create a tunnel-like effect. Up ahead, the familiar sound of a ruffed grouse could be heard, trying to avoid us intruders. The creek, now on our left, created a deep, scenic ravine. Before long we arrived at it’s final destination. Flowing into the Wisconsin River, we paused for a moment. Another wood duck swam along the shore. Everything was familiar, yet different. As we glanced across the river, we looked at Hwy 107 where we have both driven dozens, if not hundreds of times. During those drives, we stared out across the water to the place we now stood. Same water, different perspective. On we went.

Here, the trail followed the river downstream until we reached the upper portion of the Grandfather dam system. Overlooking this area sits a Leopold chair, perfect for a midway break, thanks again to the faithful volunteers. The river diverges at this point, between the original riverbed and the carefully constructed waterway that now leads the water to two giant tubes, producing power at the lower portion of the Grandfather dam system. Here the two bodies of water converge once again to continue their journey downstream.

The water roared as it navigated the numerous boulders of the original riverbed. Our route followed this path. Before long we headed back into the woods, but paused shortly after we did. There was no sign and nothing indicating that this was the spot, but it was clear. Another one of boulders was located next to our trail, clearly the reason for the trail’s namesake – Turtle Rock.

After admiring the beauty of this mysterious creation and pondering awhile, we continued. Here, the trail was a well groomed network of old logging roads and snowmobile trail. That’s also what got us in trouble. For awhile, we watched for the yellow markers on the trees, but soon we were deep in conversation. Following the path of least resistance, we continued. Finally, Kevin stopped. “This area looks familiar and I don’t see any yellow markers,” he said. Sure enough, our original trail was right in front of us. Somehow, we had lost the path. We clearly missed an arrow, directing us off our nicely groomed trail. But, we made another discovery that we would have missed. At this point, we noticed a pond through the trees. We ventured to take a look, always wondering what is over the next hill. Ducks were everywhere – mallards, mergansers, and more of our wood ducks. It was a beautiful site. Amazing, how life is often like that. Go down a path you didn’t expect and find something better than you imagined.

At that point, we followed the path back and arrived right where we started. Kevin had to complete the segment and finished it that day. For me, that adventure awaits.

Published: April 28, 2017

Submit Your Picture Now for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest

Now accepting photos for May for the Forever Changed 2017 Photo Contest! Photos will be collected throughout April and I’ll begin posting them in early May.

The winner receives a $50 gift card of their choice* and one of the first copies of Forever Changed.

Don’t forget to pre-order Forever Changed today!

To participate in the 2017 photo contest, send your pictures to jimservi10@gmail.com with the title of your picture and your name.

This photo contest is focused on the great outdoors, recreation, travel, adventure, and the beauty of day-to-day life.  Please avoid selfies, family photos, and such.

Monthly winners will advance to the final contest to be held in December 2017 for a chance to win the grand prize and have their photograph featured on this website. In addition, the 10 pictures with the most “likes” on this website, not Facebook (sorry:), whether they are a monthly winner or not, will advance to the final contest.

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But, in truth it is really more than that. Good pictures makes you stop and smile, while great pictures make you stop and realize how truly great life really is. And that feeling is priceless.

Stay tuned to get your regular dose of that peaceful feeling.

Rules:

  1. Photos must be your originals. Cropping is okay but no photo-shopping.
  2. Only one photograph per person can be submitted each month.

*Choice will be from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s scrip program which includes a wide variety of selections.

Disclaimer: By submitting your picture for this photo contest, you are authorizing this website to post your picture here and use it for promotional purposes.