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  • Wisconsin Portrait

    This is a photo Blog that I like to call "Wisconsin Portrait."

    My life as a photojournalist, and Chief Photographer for the Wisconsin State Journal can be exciting and fast paced, with news and sports assignments making up a large part of my  professional working life. As a photographer that is not enough.

    My job as a professional observer has opened my eyes to many things around me. I can't drive down a street or take a walk, without seeing as a photographer.

    Most of the pictures I want to feature here are snapshots around the state.  Hopefully showing you these pictures will open your eyes to things you may see everyday, but not really look at.

    All comments are welcome.

Horse Drawn Days-Stonefield Historic Site

This past Saturday my father, Jerry Apps, held a book signing and program at Horse Drawn Days at Stonefield Historic Site near Cassville, Wisconsin. His newest book “Horse Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses” was published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press so it seemed natural to have a book signing at this location. I was at this location a couple of years ago shooting photos for a different project, and always wanted to get back and take some more photos. This event, and others like it, really makes Stonefield shine. When you step into the 1900 re-creation village you think that you stepped back in time. To me, it felt like a combination of “A Little House on the Prairie” and an old Clint Eastwood movie.
I hope Stonefield continues to operate so this generation understands that the internet wasn’t always around. Oh ya, Jerry Apps did a fine job with his two book talks.

A one bottom riding-plow was demonstrated at the 1900 Farmstead which is a re-creation based on 1901 Agriculture plan.

Scott Sanders, demonstrating horse shoeing in the Livery Stable which is part of a 30 building re-creation based on Wisconsin villages a century ago.

Taking a break while plowing with a one bottom riding-plow at Stonefield Historic Site.

Red hot metal just taken out of the forge during a blacksmith demonstration at J. Brown, Blacksmith, part of a 30 building re-creation based on Wisconsin villages a century ago.

Scott Sanders, demonstrating horse shoeing in the Livery Stable which is part of a 30 building re-creation based on Wisconsin villages a century ago.

A log cutting demonstration part of the circle saw exhibit in a 30 building re-creation based on Wisconsin villages a century ago.

A covered bridge leading to the 1900 Village where a 30 building re-creation based on Wisconsin villages a century ago.

Warren Sveum taking part in a Wheelwright demonstration in the Gastrow's Carpenter Shop, Cooperage & Wheelwright Shop. The business is part of a 30 building re-creation based on Wisconsin villages a century ago.

Warren Sveum taking part in a Wheelwright demonstration in the Gastrow's Carpenter Shop, Cooperage & Wheelwright Shop. The business is part of a 30 building re-creation based on Wisconsin villages a century ago.

An old cash register in the saloon, part of a 30 building re-creation based on Wisconsin villages a century ago.

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  • June 14, 2010 - 7:56 pm

    Jay Eastlick - Great pics, Steve (per usual).

  • June 15, 2010 - 1:06 pm

    Mike Moen - Hi Steve,
    I always enjoy your pictures. Lets see more !!

  • June 15, 2010 - 2:37 pm

    admin - Thanks Mike, I have always liked going and photographing things on my own time. There is no pressure to shoot photos for print, I feel a bit more creative.

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