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Winter is releasing its grip on Northwest Wisconsin.  Finally.  As the snow recedes, and long-forgotten scents of spring fill the air, people and wildlife alike are on the move.  Over the past few weeks, the young men at Northwest Passage I have found themselves immersed in incredible wildlife photography opportunities.  Lenses zoomed in and hands steadied, they’ve captured some truly stunning photographs.  Here is a taste of their recent adventures.

"Flight for Life" by Ethan.  My name is Ethan, and I am from Neillsville, Wisconsin.  I like doing outdoor art and photography because it really lets me express my personality, interests and love of nature to others.  I have been raised in a family that has exposed me to outdoor activities all of my life.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue and expand on these interests while I am at Northwest Passage.   This turkey, tired from struggling to survive the rough part of winter has spread its wings to take flight to a more promising life leaving behind the struggles of the past with the sight in its eye to strive, survive and prosper in life to come no matter the hardships."

“Flight for Life” by Ethan. My name is Ethan, and I am from Neillsville, Wisconsin. I like doing outdoor art and photography because it really lets me express my personality, interests and love of nature to others. I have been raised in a family that has exposed me to outdoor activities all of my life. I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue and expand on these interests while I am at Northwest Passage. This turkey, tired from struggling to survive the rough part of winter has spread its wings to take flight to a more promising life leaving behind the struggles of the past with the sight in its eye to strive, survive and prosper in life to come no matter the hardships.”

"Little One" by Cody.  "My name is Cody  and I am 12 years old.  I am from Poynette, Wi.  Nature photography has helped me to love and appreciate nature This Young deer looks like it doesn’t have a mother but even without her he will carry on with life and even without her he will be brave."

“Little One” by Cody. “My name is Cody and I am 12 years old. I am from Poynette, Wi. Nature photography has helped me to love and appreciate natureThis Young deer looks like it doesn’t have a mother but even without her he will carry on with life and even without her he will be brave.”

"New Life" by Troy.  "My name is Troy West and I am 12 years old.  I am from Elco Wisconsin.  Photography helped me to see all the beauty of nature and what mother nature can accomplish.  If I ever think of the pain in my life I can always look back at my pictures and the memories that go with them.   This picture reminds me to let go of all the stress and pain from the past and take off into a new start of life."

“New Life” by Troy. “My name is Troy and I am 12 years old. I am from Elco, Wisconsin. Photography helped me to see all the beauty of nature and what mother nature can accomplish. If I ever think of the pain in my life I can always look back at my pictures and the memories that go with them.
This picture reminds me to let go of all the stress and pain from the past and take off into a new start of life.”

"Hidden Beauty" by Clay. "My name is Clay and I am 15 years old.  I am from Antigo Wisconsin which is in the middle of the state.  I came to Northwest passage with a lot of anger and depression.  Photography has helped me find new ways to deal with my anger.  I love the outdoors and wildlife.  Capturing these pictures is a distraction from my thoughts.  I hope some day to make a living as a nature photographer.   As the pheasant flew by in a blurr, I had no idea of it’s hidden beauty, until I took the time to look closer at the images I captured.  This is a lesson in life I will never forget. "

“Hidden Beauty” by Clay. “My name is Clay and I am 15 years old. I am from Antigo, Wisconsin which is in the middle of the state. I came to Northwest passage with a lot of anger and depression. Photography has helped me find new ways to deal with my anger. I love the outdoors and wildlife. Capturing these pictures is a distraction from my thoughts. I hope some day to make a living as a nature photographer.As the pheasant flew by in a blur, I had no idea of it’s hidden beauty, until I took the time to look closer at the images I captured. This is a lesson in life I will never forget. “

"Majestic Swan" by David. "Hi, my name is David and I am 17 years old.  I am from Hayward Wisconsin.  I ended up at Northwest passage because of troubles with the law.  Photography has showed me that there are things to do that can keep the law out of my life.  When I get mad I have found that being outdoors and capturing nature can be a good distraction.   As I stood on the bridge, the enormous wild swan seemed to calmly glide across the water towards me.  I felt like the swan trusted me as it effortlessly swam closer and closer and knew that I would not hurt him.

“Majestic Swan” by David. “Hi, my name is David and I am 17 years old. I am from Hayward, Wisconsin. I ended up at Northwest passage because of troubles with the law. Photography has showed me that there are things to do that can keep the law out of my life. When I get mad I have found that being outdoors and capturing nature can be a good distraction. As I stood on the bridge, the enormous wild swan seemed to calmly glide across the water towards me. I felt like the swan trusted me as it effortlessly swam closer and closer and knew that I would not hurt him.”

"Dancing Swan" by Damien.  "Hi my name is Damian and I am 14 years old.  I am from Marshfield Wisconsin.  I came to Northwest Passage for getting into trouble with the law.  Before coming here, I had never tried nature photography.  I never thought I would be able to take pictures that people would think are good.  I hope to keep taking pictures.   The Swan spread it’s wings as if dancing like a snow white angel in hopes to impress a mate for the spring.

“Dancing Swan” by Damien. “Hi my name is Damian and I am 14 years old. I am from Marshfield, Wisconsin. I came to Northwest Passage for getting into trouble with the law. Before coming here, I had never tried nature photography. I never thought I would be able to take pictures that people would think are good. I hope to keep taking pictures.The Swan spread it’s wings as if dancing like a snow white angel in hopes to impress a mate for the spring.” 

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