The Year in Pictures
December 22, 2019 | Topics: Spotlight
Edited and with an introduction by Eddee Daniel
An appropriate symbol for the year 2019, it could be argued, is fire. From the slogan “Our house is on fire!” – raised by schoolchildren worldwide as a part of the Climate Strike initiated by teen advocate Greta Thunberg – to the actual conflagrations in California, it became clearer this year that our world is getting hotter. Although there have been warnings for decades, this was the year when climate change started showing up in the news almost on a daily basis.
The Climate Strike made several appearances in Milwaukee during the year. This was a particularly large gathering of mostly schoolchildren in Water Tower Park on September 20.
Fire, however, can be both benign and beneficial, which is the experience I had several times this year when I was fortunate enough to witness controlled burns in area parks and preserves. The most satisfying – and photogenic – of them was this one in Three Bridges Park, with the skyline of downtown Milwaukee for a backdrop.
For the first full year since the launch of this blog, The Natural Realm, I thought it appropriate to join in the venerable tradition of presenting a Year in Pictures. In fact, it was a very good year and I could easily have chosen to include twice as many photographs. Most, but not all, of the photos are my own and most have appeared in a blog post during the year. Links to those posts are provided in the captions. It may not need stating, but I believe it’s worth repeating that all of the selections are from the six-county project area of Southeast Wisconsin, which is the subject of A Wealth of Nature.
This is my personal favorite image of the year. I shot it on a group hike at W. R. Wadewitz Nature Camp in Rochester, Racine County. For about an hour the group all dutifully hiked together along the wide, mown trails of the park. This boy, whose name is Oscar, had been quite withdrawn all along. Suddenly, he decided to stride off on his own into this large field and I managed to capture the beatific smile that lit up his face in that moment. It makes me smile all over again every time I look at it (which I do often, as I put it on the desktop of my computer!)
And so, without further ado, I present to you, in roughly chronological order, the Year in Pictures.
For more information about the activities of A Wealth of Nature during the year 2019, go to our annual report.
Eddee Daniel is a board member of Preserve Our Parks and the Project Director of A Wealth of Nature. All photographs are his except as noted.