I had the opportunity to participate in a personal enrichment workshop sponsored by the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum held at the UW-Fond du Lac extension recently. Artist Terrill A. Knaack was on hand and spoke to a large group and the subject matter, 'Writing a Poem with Light.'
Terrill grew up on the Horicon Marsh, studied art and wildlife ecology at U.W. Madison and was the only understudy of wildlife artist Owen Gromme. The class was photography-based and we touched a little on digiscoping which perked the interest of many in the class including me.
How cool is this? If you’re a hunter, bird watcher or maybe just a shutterbug, companies make an attachment which enables you to connect your camera to a spotting scope. The best part, an attachment for your iphone is available and it really takes some stunning pictures. Digiscoping started around 1999 and has grown in popularity and sophistication.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has an entire section on digiscoping and can be found at www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/gear/Digiscoping/.
If you have a digital camera and a spotting scope, this technique needs to be explored. You can see the artwork of Terrill Knack by visiting his web page www.terrillknaack.com.
The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum in conjunction with U.W Fond du Lac extension sponsors many fantastic workshops and next up:
Seed Collection Workshop
By Connie Ramthun
Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 9 am to noon
Meet at the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum Shelter in Fond du lac
For more information visit WWW.gottfriedprairiearboretum.org
John McArdle is a life-long resident of Fond Du Lac and blogs about fishing adventures in the great state of Wisconsin. Anything from trout fishing the Driftless Area to sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago, John will provide stories ,tips and photos of his FINtastic adventures in Wisconsin!