Vintage Summer Cottage in Solon Springs, WI

Solon Summer Cottage

The other day I shot this well-preserved summer cottage that was built in 1904.  They don’t make ’em like they used to.  Scroll on down for more, and be sure to check out that final photo. At this cabin all the children have been above average in height since 1911.

(Unfortunately the cabin is no longer available; it sold within two days of its listing.)

Porch 1

Porch 2

cottage LR A

cottage LR B

cottage kitchen

above average since 1911

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More Lake-Home Goodness on McKinley Lake Near Trego, WI

Chalet on McKinley Lake

A few days ago I photographed this splendid chalet on McKinley Lake near Trego, Wisconsin.  Scroll on down for a look inside.

McKinley Living Room

McKinley Dining Room

Kitchen with a view

Loft on the Left

Loft on the Right


McKinley -- View from the Loft


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High Water in Northwest Wisconsin

Minong Flowage Dam

Here in northwest Wisconsin, we’ve experienced some high water and localized flooding after last week’s big rains.   Although the floodwaters are already receding, it’s going to take a while to get rid of all this water.  Here are a few photos from around the area. The first two are at the Minong Flowage dam.

Minong Flowage Dam closer look

0715 totagatic looking downstream

The Totagatic, just downstream from the Minong Flowage dam.

0715 Narrows Trail Bridge

Gilmore Lake was hit especially hard when the dam burst at Colton Flowage.  This shot shows the submerged bridge between Gilmore and Little Gilmore.

0716 boaters beware

Upper Saint Croix Lake has crested, but most docks are still submerged.  Boaters beware; not all docks have these tell-tale benches out at the end.  And please…  Keep your speed down to a crawl.  At these water levels, boat wakes can cause serious damage.


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A Lovely Chalet on Big Bass Lake

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing this lovely chalet on Big Bass Lake near Minong, Wisconsin. (With the next shot, I hoped to send a subtle subliminal message about fishing in your new front yard for the big bass found in Big Bass Lake.)   Scroll on down for more, including a couple shots of the lake itself.

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Something to Do on a Rainy Day

porch on nelson lake

Photo shoots can’t always be scheduled for a perfect sunny day.  When my Realtor wife listed this cabin on Nelson Lake near Hayward, Wisconsin, she needed photos fast.

It was a dark and stormy day.  But so what?  Long rainy days relaxing up at the cabin are all part of the experience.  And perhaps, on those days in particular, refreshments are quite often served before five.

So I decided to go with that vibe.  Time for a jigsaw puzzle.  And maybe this isn’t a night for steaks on the grill after all.  Tomorrow.  No matter what, it’s still going to be a great vacation.  That’s the story these photos tell.

(And although this cabin’s rainy-day exteriors turned out OK, I did return a week later for a sunny refresh.  Scroll on down for sunshine.)

Nelson Lake Porch 2

Nelson Lake Living Room

Hard Rock Circle A

Hard Rock Dock

Hard Rock Waterfront

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A Pretty Good Great Room

A great great room

A few days ago I shot this home on Upper Eau Claire Lake in Barnes, WI.  It has a pretty good great room.  And the rest of the place isn’t bad, either.  Scroll down for more up-north cabin goodness.


great room overlooking the lake

dining room overlooking upper eau claire

home on upper eau claire lake

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She Shed and Docks Included

You’ve heard of man caves, right?  Well, apparently the latest gendered trend in housing is the she shed.

I’ve shot sheds before, but the other day I shot my first she shed of the more upper-end sort.  It came with a home over on Upper Eau Claire Lake.  As usual, docks included.

Keep scrolling down to see more; the house itself is not bad, either.  Oh.  And I almost forgot….  Both the house and the she shed have an OK view.

she shed

she shed interior

dock on upper eau claire

home on lyndale bay

view of upper eau claire


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