Casting a ballot at the 2017 Nature Photography Contest sponsored by the Botany Belles and Beaus Garden Club. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Casting a ballot at the 2017 Nature Photography Contest sponsored by the Botany Belles and Beaus Garden Club. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

Submitted by Debby Walters, Botany Belles and Beaus Garden Club

BALDWIN, WI – One hundred and forty-one beautiful nature photographs were entered in the 2017 Nature Photography Contest sponsored by the Botany Belles and Beaus Garden Club during this year’s Chili Fest.  The contest was a success thanks to the photographers who took the time to enter their photos and the Chili Fest attendees who cast their ballot for their favorite photos, which were displayed at DJ’s Fiesta Event Center. 

The contest was open to amateur photographers from the area of all ages.  The club was so pleased to have so many adults and young people participate.  The categories were: Birds, Bugs and Beasts, Edibles, Fall Colors, Landscapes, Plant Portraits and Sunrise/Sunset.  Mike Hyland of Woodville won First Place in the Sunrise/Sunset category of the Nature Photo Contest with his stunning Multi-Colored Sunset over Water.

The top photos will be displayed at the Baldwin and Woodville Public Libraries, on the Botany Belles and Beaus Facebook page, and on their website: botanybellesbeaus.org.

Plans are already underway for next year’s contest; keep your camera at the ready for capturing the wonders of nature and plan on entering next year.  The top photographer in each category receives Baldwin-Woodville Chamber Bucks good at many area businesses.

Thank you to everyone that stopped into DJ’s and cast their votes. The number of people voting this year was substantially more than the previous two years; a better location makes all the difference.  We went through about 130 ballots, thank you!

The Botany Belles and Beaus Garden Club’s members come from central St. Croix County communities and are dedicated to promoting the love of gardening, learning more about horticulture and are involved in community service projects.  Everyone with an interest in gardening is invited to join.  Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at the Baldwin Town Hall.  More information can be found on our website: botanybellesbeaus.org.

In the Birds, Bugs and Beasts category: 1st – Nancy Rudesill (Baldwin) – Lunch!, 2nd –  Willy Zevenbergen (Baldwin) – Foxy, 2nd –Sheri Erickson (Wilson) – Yellow Warblers Feeding, 3rd – Rylie Shilts (New Richmond) – Bumble is Humble.

In the Edibles category: 1st – Kit Patasaka (Hammond) – First Year of Cherries, 1st – Sheri Erickson (Wilson) – Sea of Red, 2nd – Elvera Jacot (Baldwin) – Luscious Plums, 3rd – Alisha Latham – Watermelon!

In the Fall Colors category: 1st – Sheri Erickson (Wilson) – Autumn at the Light, 2nd – Lisa Boggs (Wilson) – Autumn Reflections, 2nd – Erin Imboden – Maple Leaf, 3rd – Sheryl Buechter  (Baldwin) – Sit & Rest.

In the Landscape category: 1st – Sheryl Buechter (Baldwin)– Multnomah Falls, Oregon, 2nd – Jane Thompson (Baldwin) – Falling Water, 3rd – Sheri Erickson (Wilson) – Afternoon at the Pond.

In the Plant Portrait category: 1st – Lisa Boggs (Wilson) –Snow Capped Beauty, 2nd – Dianne Erickson (Emerald) – Water Lily Reflection, 2nd – Sheryl Buechter (Baldwin)  – Yellow Roses, 3rd – Nancy Rudesill (Baldwin) – Morning Dew.

In the Sunrise/Sunset category: 1st – Mike Hyland (Woodville) – Multi-Colored Sunset over Water, 2nd – Nancy Rudesill (Baldwin) – Baldwin Sunset, 3rd – Margaret Shipp (Baldwin) - Glorious Sunrise.