We reached the Grantsburg area around 2:30 pm and started a reconnoiter of the Fish Lake area where John was looking for butterflies. We found and photographed two that John identified as "Fiddlemary Astro-something" and a "Blue Little Guy". Here is an image of the Blue Little Guy:
|"Blue Little Guy"
I may not have the names exactly correct, but it's close and they are cute.
After checking into the five-star Grantsburg Inn, we did a trip around Crex looking for places to shoot the milky way and possibly a sunset. After a nice drive around the area (due to my excellent guiding), we went into Grantsburg for a gourmet dinner at T-Dawg's bar and grill. Unfortunately, the sunset was a bust (very few clouds, only on the horizon, and they blocked the sun). We went back to the Inn for a nap and ventured back out at 10:30 for our night photography. We were treated to the milky way and several meteors. Here are a couple of my favorite shots.
|Milky Way looking towards Grantsburg (thus the light pollution).
|Stars over an old oak.
We photographed until 1:00am and headed back to the Inn for a restful night.
At 4:30am we crawled out of bed and headed out to Phantom Lake for a possible sunrise. That turned out to be the highlight of the trip. We got to photograph a beautiful pink sunrise over a calm reflective bay on Phantom Lake.
A great trip!
Now for the sad part. My photo partner (henceforth "client 1") accused me of leading him on the wrong route as we left Crex. I felt it was a much nicer route and one "client 1" had never been on. As a result of this, "client 1" refused to pay for my services (which at $500 an hour seems fair to me). In addition, "client 1" dropped his camera and long lens on my coffee cup, resulting in the loss of at least 50% of my morning joe.
I have been in touch with my lawyer, Ima Frawd (of the firm Ware, Dafug, Awee) and Ima assures me we have a solid case. Ima is a world-renowned guide lawyer and should strike fear into the heart of "client 1". He points to my sterling reputation based on my past guiding work on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the more recent lunar landings. In addition, I have found my way home every single time I've been out - a record most of you can't claim.
I'm sure this suit will make the international press, so keep an eye on the progress. Also, pass this blog on to your friends so that the jury pool will get the inside scope on the lawsuit.
Until next time.