Sunday, February 22, 2015

Snowy makes elusive photo subject

By David Horst

The Outagamie County Regional Airport’s owl has been leading me on quite a chase.

It's a snowy owl, an occasional visitor from the arctic who takes a foodie vacation in Wisconsin when its favorite rodent back home, the lemming, falls into short supply.

This has been one of those years, which is odd because so was last year.


My wife spotted the snowy near the airport first. She was driving down State 96 and saw it on a utility pole.

A week or so later, I was scanning the airport perimeter with jealousy still in my heart, when I saw outstretched wings directly above my truck. The figure was white and it had the unmistakeable wide head of an owl.

Having seen it, my next challenge was to photograph it.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Each lost pet leaves a scar

Truffula in 2014
By David Horst

Every pet makes a mark on your heart. The death of each leaves a scar.

On another farm, Truffula would have been livestock. At our Sandhilll Llama Farm, they are all pets.

Truffula was our matriarch. She was the top of the pecking order in a small herd that includes her son, Thidwick, and her grandson, Horton. Dr. Seuss fans will recognize a pattern.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Give a gift of green

By David Horst 

The latest possible Thanksgiving date has caught you by surprise and left you with gaping holes on your Christmas gift idea list.

Why not check off the nature lovers on your list and support worthy environmental causes at the same time by giving gifts from nature groups? Many offer hats, shirts, calendars, books or other gear displaying their logo and the user's convictions.

Here are a few ideas I found web surfing while contemplating Thanksgiving morning's gentle snowfall.
  • How about showing the recipient means business about his or her environmental beliefs by giving a Sierra Club briefcase to tote to work? (
  • The Audubon Society offers some of the most beautiful cards you’ll find, or anything from shade-grown coffee to a clock that chirps a different bird call each hour. (