This is a personal blog .  Subjects that may be covered but not limited to, photography, hiking, astronomy, birding and beer.

Based in Southern Wisconsin. Exploring and discovering great trails and spaces.

Many people like myself love exploring the back roads, hiking trails, and lakes of Wisconsin. We don’t get to take months off from work and family to explore a trail or ride a bike across the country. We get a week or two a couple of times a year, along with two or three day weekends. More likely we get a few hours one day a week to get out and enjoy nature. Once in a while we get to travel some distance to explore new areas but we always come back to our local area. Sharing tips and “skills” to enjoy life outdoors.

Southern Wisconsin is fortunate to have such a great area to hike, bike and explore in the Kettle Moraine. The Kettle Moraine was created by parts of glaciers breaking off and being partially or fully covered with sediment, then melting and leaving the kettles. Today we have trails and opportunity from yesterdays melting glaciers.

Wisconsin is also home to so many great people that create and provide a multitude of products and services that make life in Wisconsin fantastic. Whether your visiting or living here, let’s explore this great place.

I am not an expert by any means but I do enjoy learning from others and sharing what I learn and my experiences.

Please join me as I explore and share ideas about hiking, camping, biking, birding, astronomy and more; in Wisconsin and maybe a little beyond. 

Do you have an idea or different point of view, please share but be respectful to others and there ideas. We can all learn something new.






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Most of the images that I offer for sale have been modified using a variety of tools and techniques. This allows me to create the final image that I envisioned when I captured the image.

For every image there is a story that is told

For every image there is a story that is told, sometimes it’s just an emotion we feel when we see an image. I was always told when photographing people, that the camera looks both ways, that the photographers emotions, personality, facial expressions and more are reflected back to the camera from the subject. I believe that this is also the case in nature and landscape photography, even street photography, our emotions, our view of life and how we see the world are also captured in the image we record.

Why I chose Fine Art America.

Having spent many years trying different online sales platforms I decided to proceed with Fine Art America, because it fits with how I want my images handled and makes for an easy and convenient experience for my customers.

Fine Art America is an online marketplace and fulfillment center. They provide me with my own sales site, collect all money, print, mat, frame and ship. My clients can easily choose an image and have it printed in the same format as I created. If you have ever tried to make a print of a digital file or negative you would have found that some images fit well on a 8×12 and have to be cropped substantially to fit a 8×10, with Fine Art America, I can have sizes that fit perfectly like  14 x 9.38 and 16 x 10.63. My client can also choose a perfectly fitted matt or matts along with a frame for a very reasonable price.

They also offer the buyer a 30 day money back guarantee

Our return policy is very simple:

 If you’re not happy with a purchase, for any reason, you can return it to us within 30 days of the order date.   As soon as it arrives, we’ll issue a full refund for the entire purchase price. Please note – we do not reimburse the outgoing or return shipping charges unless the return is due to a defect in quality.

 If you’ve hesitated to purchase artwork online in the past, why not give us a try?   You have nothing to lose!

I hope that you agree and choose to purchase a print or two.

Clear Skies,

Carl Simmerman.