Lens-Artists #107: Winter

This July “Seasons” will be the theme for the entire month with a different season featured each week.  “Winter” is the last challenge of the series..

In coastal Georgia, a day below freezing is rare and we only get snow or ice every few years. Still, we enjoy sitting by the fireplace when the temperature drops outside.

Quiet moment at the end of a hectic day
Staying warm by the fireplace

Occasionally there are snow flurries but the snow usually melts as soon as it hits the warm ground. The last time the snow stuck and accumulated a few inches was in 2018. Our neighborhood was like a winter wonderland for a few days.

Icy morning
Snow and ice in January
Ice covered salt marsh
Snow covered walkway over the marsh

Ann-Christine, thank you for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Winter

Snow Day in Coastal Georgia

Snow and ice storms are rare in coastal Georgia. The last time we had snow that stuck was a few days before Christmas in 1989.

The freezing rain and snow that came through on January 3, 2018 caused road and bridge closures. Schools were out and government offices were closed. Coastal Georgia was transformed into a winter wonderland.

Wandering Around America One State at a Time – Wisconsin

State 44:

Welcome to the next post in my series highlighting states we have visited throughout the years. I hope you will enjoy coming along for the ride!

I will be featuring the states alphabetically. The next state in my series is


Wisconsin became the 30th state on May 29, 1848. The Capital is Madison.

On one of our trips through Wisconsin we had truck trouble on Saturday of Easter Weekend. It was too early in the season for the Madison KOA to be officially open but they let us have a site for the weekend while we waited until we could get the truck serviced on Monday morning. The campground was next to a cheese shop that had a little more money in their till after I got finished stocking up on wonderful Wisconsin cheese!

On Easter Sunday our server at the Cracker Barrel was from Georgia and I learned they serve grits even as far north as Wisconsin. After our Easter breakfast we drove around downtown Madison for a look at the state capital. On Monday morning the truck repairs were done early enough to hitch up the fifth wheel and continue north to our next destination.

State Capital in Madison, Wisconsin

As we traveled north from Madison the snow started coming down. We arrived at Apple Creek Campground in DePere and set up camp in the snow. They weren’t officially open yet but the owners were great and let us have a site for a couple of nights. Seeing Lambeau Field and the Door County Peninsula were on our Wisconsin bucket list and the campground was close to both.

We set up our RV in the snow in DePere

Jutting out into Lake Michigan is the Door County Peninsula.  Our visit was during the off season and as we drove around the peninsula very few places were open. There was beautiful farmland and several lighthouses to visit.

Door County Peninsula

Sherwood Point Lighthouse, Door County Peninsula

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Door County Peninsula

Cana Island

Cana Island Light

Baileys Harbor Lower Range Light is no longer in use

Blondie got to put her feet in Lake Michigan

On the way back to the campground we stopped in Green Bay to see Lambau Field, the home field of the NFL Green Bay Packers.

The fans love their Green Bay Packers

Inside the Lambeau Field Atrium

On another of our trips we camped beside the Mississippi River at Grant River Corps of Engineers in Potosi, Wisconsin, population 711 in 2009. While we were enjoying lunch in the outdoor beer garden at the Potosi Brewery we watched as the town was preparing for their first annual Brewfest. The National Brewer’s Museum is located at the brewery. Also nearby was an interesting Grotto in Dickyville.

We looked across at Iowa from the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River

Grant River COE on the Mississippi River

Sunset over the Mississippi River at Grant River COE

Our campsite was very close to the train tracks

Good Old Potosi Beer

Springs at the Potosi Brewery

Grotto in Dickeyville, Wisconsin

Grotto in Dickeyville, Wisconsin

While camping at Viking Village RV Park near Stoughton we bought more wonderful Wisconsin cheese. I counted nine little Thirteen Lined Ground Squirrels running around behind our RV. There were also some Sandhill Cranes running across a field but they were too far away for a picture.

Thirteen lined ground squirrel – mama with baby

Thirteen lined ground squirrels

Thirteen lined ground squirrel

To read previous posts about the states featured in this series just click on the state name: Alabama      Alaska      Arizona      Arkansas      California      Colorado     Florida      Georgia      Hawaii        Idaho  Illinois      Indiana      Iowa     Kansas     Kentucky     Louisiana     Maine     Maryland     Massachusetts     Michigan     Minnesota    Mississippi     Missouri     Montana     Nebraska     Nevada      New Hampshire     New Mexico      New York     North Carolina    North Dakota      Ohio     Oklahoma     Oregon     Pennsylvania    South Carolina     South Dakota     Tennessee     Texas     Utah     Virginia   Washington     West Virginia