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The ice crept across the lake last night

The ice crept across the lake last night

Steam rising between ice sheets

Steam rising between ice sheets

Poe's Ice Report

Poe's ice report

No way am I stepping out on the ice today

The Point

The Point

A channel still open to the Point

I still have 3 cabins left for Thanksgiving if anyone needs to escape the relatives

Winter Approaching

Winter Approaching

The raft being slowly iced in

Boats out in time

Boats out in time

Ice Creeping across the lake

Ice Creeping across the lake

Missing Picture this morning. Sunrise from the top of the hill with an Eagle at the top of a birch tree looking out over the lake and the sunrise. Dam I missed that one, camera was no where to be found til the eagle flew off

Special thanks go out to Nathan and Jamie this weekend who kept an eye on the resort for us to sneak off for a late fall break. Everything went well and Jamie even got a show of a bunch of older men in their underwear running over to the sauna. I think years from now Nathan and Jamie will have a chapter in my book of the happenings while Jenny and Troy were out of town. Poe and the guinea pigs (Oreo, Hoover, Dumbledore, Junior and Boo) would like to also thank them.

Congrats to Captain Tungett and the rest of the Tungett Family

Congrats to Captain Tungett and the rest of the Tungett Family

Captain Tungett retired from the Navy and this weekend he turned over the command of his ship to the new Captain.  His brother Mike also in uniform was a pilot in the Air Force.

Craig made it out of the woods for the event

Craig made it out of the woods for the event

It was quite an event and Craig headed out of the woods to DC for the event. I thought many who know Craig would like this picture of him in a suit congratulating Captain Tungett

Oreo's advice today... stay by the fireplace

Oreo's advice today stay by the fireplace

Our most out spoken guinea pig (of 5) would like to offer the advice of hanging by the fireplace with snow still coming down today. She also is putting in a plug for folks to leave behind carrots and lettuce

I think the sun was out for this picture for about 5 minutes.  Frost has entered the ground.  Lucky for the deer the snow is not thick and they can still get to the acorns.

Mists and Clouds today

Mists and Clouds today

The fog was so thick you could not see across the lake and made it to thick for good pics so I headed inland

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

From all the pumpkin carvers in the Northwoods hope you have a great Halloween.  We are headed to Hilltop where Mary Ellen gives the boys all the left overs from the summer candy supply filling their buckets in one swoop.  They promptly empty them in the car in grocery bags before heading off to trick or treat in downtown Minocqua.

Sunrise this morning

Sunrise this morning

Sunrise on Lower Kaubashine. Time change this weekend will halt sunrise pictures for about a month so enjoy this one the next will probably have ice in it

Ducks out enjoying the morning

Ducks out enjoying the morning

Not sure what type of ducks these were maybe someone else can identify them from the distance

Everyone's favorite snag

Everyone's favorite view

The view of the snag constantly changes but is always pretty. Snow is still in the woods at the point across the lake

I was driving home this morning and caught a splash of color out of the corner of my eye and I grabed the camera and creped over to see if I could catch this elusive bird just across the road from the resort. Below is a hint but don’t look unless you need to

See the flash of red on the ground

See the flash of red on the ground

I had never seen this bird on the ground before. He has rooting around at the base of a tree in the snow

A little better pic if you are still stumped

A little better pic if you are still stumped

The elusive Pileated Woodpecker

The elusive Pileated Woodpecker

After playing hide and seek in the bushes with me, he decided to pose for a great picture before flying off.  He gave me exactly 5 seconds to take the above and below picture before flying off.  You blink and these elusive birds are gone.  The sound of them drumming on trees is the only hint as to their location in the woods when you are walking

Caught on Camera

Caught on Camera

Usually my camera is nowhere near when these big woodpeckers fly over head but I caught them this morning. They are the biggest woodpeckers that we have in the North and are a neat sight to see

Woke up this morning to snow on the roof

Woke up this morning to snow on the roof

Can you tell from the last 2 posts I ran into a buy on birdhouses?  I love this old one, not sure how to attach it to a tree, just might leave it on my deck as a snow gauge

Looking up at the trees 7:30 am

Looking up at the trees 7:30 am

Interesting effect

Interesting effect

I was not going to post this pic, I was trying to flash the birchtree but it was too far away and the camera focused on falling snow.  Still turned out interesting

Time to go home......

Time to go home......

I caught Mike and Jean heading out the driveway this morning.

Mike and Jean enjoying Christmas Snow as they called it

Mike and Jean enjoying Christmas Snow as they called it

They were loving the snow and thought it was perfect snow like at Christmas.  They saw an eagle land on a tree in the snow and a loon call through the flakes.  They said the morning could not be more perfect unless they moved in to stay for the winter.  Sadly the town of Jainesville would not function if they did

Quiet October days by the lake

Quiet October days by the lake

Most of the leaves are on the ground except for the oaks.  Took this pic by the lake and I think it sums up the end of October

Winter wood supply growing

Winter wood supply growing

The precious supply of oak wood that Troy defends all year long for us to use in the winter is slowly making its way over to the house.  Ever want to drive Troy nuts, grab some of his oak from his special winter wood supply and burn it in a firepit.  I do not recommend this course of action, it has some interesting repercussions.

Jack's Landing looking quiet

Jack's Landing looking quiet

Duck Hunters Arrive

Duck Hunters Arrive

Fall always brings a few bird hunters from woodcock, ruffed grouse and ducks.  No they do not shoot the ducks around the lake but go to more uninhabited lakes and marshes in the area.  Deer Hunting is just around the corner November 20th.

Quiet Resort

Quiet Resort

It is the time of year to enjoy the quiet and a fireplace and we have several people up doing just that

Finally got a few bridhouses up for the birds in time for snow showers tonight.  I do have to admit that quiet days like this around the resort are some of my favorite.  Spring is work, Summer is family fun, Winter and Fall are time to slow down and enjoy the quiet.  Nice thing is when the quiet starts to get on your nerves Spring and Summer are right around the corner.  That is why I could not live in Florida I truly love the change in seasons that Northern Wisconsin offers.