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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Springtime on Osprey Drive

Osprey Drive Minong WI

For today’s post, here are a few favorites from a recent shoot at this lake home on Gilmore Lake, not far from Minong, Wisconsin.  They include, of course, the obligatory “sandy bottom” and “dock included” shots.


Osprey Drive Dining Room

Osprey Drive Kitchen

Osprey Drive Rec Room

Osprey Drive Sandy Bottom

Osprey Drive, Dock Included

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Spring Has Sprung

moose river ice disks ©Al Cambronne

It’s officially spring.  Here in northern Wisconsin, the rivers are pretty much ice-free.  The lakes are well on their way to an earlier-than-usual ice-out, and the bay in front of our house is already open nearly all the way across.

Here, on a nearly wordless Wednesday, are a few scenes from around the neighborhood.


icy moose ©Al Cambronne

Saint Croix in Spring ©Al Cambronne

dock on the river croix ©Al Cambronne

tamarack in spring ©Al Cambronne

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Alas. All my work is ephemeral.

reflections on the minong flowage

On further reflection….  One thing I’ve learned about real estate photography is this: The better it works, the sooner it’s gone forever.  That $390,000 lake home I mentioned in my last post?  Already an accepted offer.  Although the photos alone didn’t make that happen, they sure didn’t hurt.

True, every now and then I’ll create images that endure a bit longer.  After all…  Many of northern Wisconsin’s high-end lake homes—and for that matter, even a lot of “medium-end” lake places—promise the most luscious, droolworthy cabin, woods, and shoreline scenes you’ll find anywhere.  These images are definitely worth sharing more widely.  At the very least, my Realtor wife will save a few favorites for future ads.  And maybe I’ll license a few others to architects, builders, or magazines.  But 500 years from now, they will not be hanging in the Louvre.

Next month, however, they will help pay the mortgage.  So there is that.

Kansas, you might be thinking.  All we are is dust in the wind.  So here’s that.

And on an only slightly happier note, here’s “Little Stevie Wonder” with his 1964 hit “Castles in the Sand.”

Swim Raft on Bony Lake ©Al Cambronne

Gilmore Lake Reflections © Al Cambronne

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