The fern prints have been created by my determination to share the beauty of more than 18 variety of fern found in my garden, and by my crawling through the dirt and plants so that you can view them as they grow unobstructed and undisturbed. Because it takes takes years for some plants to reach maturity, I refuse to dig them up to photograph and use the method described herein.
After I take a high res picture of a fern, I load it on my computer and enlarge it from 300 to 450% so that I can remove the background a pixel or two at a time, so that you only see the beautiful detail of the fern itself. I also "crawl through it on farms" to get the best animal pictures!
The Cobban Bridge, constructed in 1908 by the Modern Steel Structural Company of Waukesha, is a two-span Pennsylvania overhead truss type bridge and is the oldest of its kind in Wisconsin. Originally, it crossed the Chippewa River just upstream from its junction with the Yellow River. The bridge was dismantled during the construction of the Wissota Dam in 1916, and through the efforts of Oscar Anderson, a Cobban store owner, the bridge was acquired to be placed on land donated by S.C. F. Cobban. During the winters of 1916 and 1917, the dismantled bridge was hauled to its present location by horse and sled, with the movers receiving $1 dollar per ton for the fifteen mile trip. Footings were placed by the L. G. Arnold Company and reconstruction was done by Cromby and Thallacker of Milwaukee in 1918-19. The ferry that had provided a crossing to Cobban was discontinued, replaced by the bridge, which was soon nicknamed the "Little Wagon Bridge."
The Cobban Bridge is located 19 miles northeast of Chippewa Falls, WI on State Highway 178.
The bridge was closed to all traffic, including walkers, about
2018. It is still being determined if it will be taken down and replaced.
My work has been shown at the Heyde Center for the Arts, The Eau Claire Regional Art Center, The Mabel Tainter Theater and Arts, Foreign Five, The Acoustic Cafe, The Eau Claire Regional Airport and the former From the Vine, Chippewa Frame and Art Gallery and Main Street MiCasa. I am also a member VAA and Valley Art Gallery in downtown Chippewa Falls, WI.
Purchasing prints is easy. They are available in 8 x 10 for $20, 8x10 matted to 11x14 $25. Inquire about smaller or larger sizes and/or framing: Shaweeks@charter.net
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