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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After a moment’s reflection. . . .

reflections on the minong flowage

. . . . I’ve decided this is a rather nice little cabin.  For vital stats, video, and more photos of this lake home near Minong, WI, just click here.

Meanwhile, for immediate photo gratification, just scroll on down.

island in minong flowage

fireplace minong flowage

eagle point drive living room

minong flowage screen porch

kitchen with a view

eagle point road on the minong flowage

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Today’s Sauna Shots

Because it’s too damn cold outside.  So enjoy these sauna shots, and think warm thoughts.

Sauna 11

Sauna on Whitefish Lake © Al Cambronne

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The Million-Dollar Hoofprint

million-dollar hoofprint © Al Cambronne

When it comes to the role of deer in American culture, the intersection of deer and real estate is about far more than just hunting. 

As I wrote in DEERLAND, it’s not only hunters who want to see more deer.  All the rest of us do, too.  Deer are somehow magical.  They’re not just deer; they’ve come to mean something more.  In our collective imaginations, they’ve become an archetypal symbol of the wilderness experience—or at least of a gentrified country experience.

One measure of this is the number of upscale suburban housing developments named after deer.  A moment ago I searched for “deer estates,” and in 0.64 seconds Google returned “about” 20,900,000 hits.  They included just plain “Deer Estates,” but also every conceivable variation—Deer Run Estates, Running Deer Estates, Dixie Deer Estates, Brown Deer Estates, Deer River Estates, Deer Creek Estates, Deer Path Estates, Deer Point Estates, Deer Pointe Estates, Deer Lake Estates, Deer Hill Estates, Deer Creek Ranch Estates, Estates at Deer Hollow, Deer Wood Estates, Deer Run Mobile Home Estates, and more.

And those are just the developments with “Estates” in their name.  There’s also Deer Valley, Deer Run, Deer Path, Running Deer Trail, Deer Creek, Deer Park, Deer Ridge, Deer Lake, Deer View, Deer Run Terrace, and—well, you get the idea.  The marketers who cook up these names are selling the dream of deer, but also the dream of what deer signify.  They know we’ll happily commute farther and borrow more so we can live in places that somehow feel just a little wilder.

And since my wife is a Realtor, I’ve learned a lot about how deer, or even just the idea of deer, can help sell real estate far beyond the suburbs—including here in northern Wisconsin.  Here’s an example: The hoofprint at the top of this post was on a trail meandering through twelve acres of land beside a lake home that Jean just listed near Minong, Wisconsin.  Now, that hoofprint isn’t what will sell the place.  It’s a beautiful home, inside and out.  It also has an incredible view.  That’s what the new owners will be buying.  They’ll tell friends back down in the city about their million-dollar view, not their million-dollar hoofprint.

And yet….

It’s also nice to have a little privacy up at the lake.  A little extra elbow room.  And to live in a place that really feels like it’s up north, not just out at the edge of the city.  And to walk your own land every morning without seeing the footprint of another human—only the fresh hoofprints of deer.  So in some very small, subtle, and indirect way, that hoofprint does add to the home’s value.  OK, maybe not by a million dollars.  Still, enough hoofprints in enough back yards, and they start to add up.

But who’s counting?  After all….  Some things can’t be counted or measured.  And some hoofprints are priceless.

And now a word from our sponsor…  If you know of anyone looking for a northern Wisconsin lake home like this one, tell them to click here.  For Jean’s Northwest Wisconsin Real Estate blog, click here.

Meanwhile. . . .   If you’ve seen enough hoofprints, and would like to see the actual house and its view of the lake, keep scrolling down.

© 2016 Al Cambronne

Gilmore Lake Cabin © Al Cambronne

gilmore lake interior 11 © Al Cambronne

Gilmore Cabin 2 © Al Cambronne

Gilmore Lake Reflections © Al Cambronne

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Taking Deer-Camp Real Estate Photography to New Heights

Deer Stand, copyright Al Cambronne

Some deer hunters sit on stumps, and some sit on tiny elevated platforms atop ladder stands.  Others prefer to be more comfortable. 

In my last post about American deer culture, I wrote about the OSB school of interior design.  On the same property, however, this elevated deer stand is heated, insulated, and nicely finished.  Somehow, the current owners even got an office chair up there.  And the carpet appears to be the exact same pattern I have in my own office.

This deer stand is smaller than the lake homes and cabins usually being sold by my Realtor wife.  But in one way it’s just like those half-million dollar lake cabins: what really sells the place is its view.  If you’re a deer hunter, this is the sort of view you dream about.

And now a word from our sponsor…  If you know any deer hunters looking for a place with a view like this (and also the deer shack and 77 acres that go with it), tell them to click here.  For more elegant, less rustic listings, click here.  For Jean’s Northwest Wisconsin Real Estate blog, click here.  And for more photos, keep scrolling down.

Next time: The Million-Dollar Hoofprint.

View From Treestand, copyright Al Cambronne

Arrows Ready, copyright Al Cambronne

Deerstand Window, copyright Al Cambronne


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