The Place We Call Home

“The Cedar Waxwing”

Posted on May. 31, 2024 by Grace Olson

Scott Doner had been watching Cedar Waxwings fly from one crabapple tree to another in his backyard in Freedom when he captured this shot. “That morning the light was just right to take some photos of them,” he says.

“Circa 1956”

Posted on May. 1, 2024 by Grace Olson

John Michael Miller says this photo of the 400 block of W College Avenue is likely from the Post Crescent circa 1956. “I have a very large Appleton archive and am especially interested in how College Avenue has changed through the years… I especially like to see Greco-Roman architecture, such as the bank in the READ MORE

“Burning Off The Fog”

Posted on Apr. 1, 2024 by Grace Olson

Kevin Abing was recently on an early morning walk where the Fox River connects the Little Chute and Kaukauna trails at the Nelson Family Heritage Crossing when he noticed the sun directly below one of the bridge lights. “(Then) I noticed the perfect angle of the bridge—roughly 125 degrees—the balance of water showing on each READ MORE

“Winter Beauty at FVTC”

Posted on Feb. 29, 2024 by Grace Olson

Xenia E Nieto had just dropped her kids off at school when she noticed the winter beauty surrounding Fox Valley Technical College.  “It look(ed) beautiful out after the snow fall so I decided to take a look at the area around FVTC,” she says. “I love taking pictures.”

“Icy Bago Morning”

Posted on Jan. 31, 2024 by Grace Olson

Sophia Stoltmann took this photo on Lake Winnebago during the annual Battle on Bago ice fishing tournament last February. “I took the photo at that time to remember the first morning of the battle,” she says. “And that moment, how the sun hit the ice while rising made the ice ripples look like small mountains READ MORE

“Quiet Cold of Winter”

Posted on Dec. 28, 2023 by Grace Olson

Alan Mullen of Appleton knew the wintry conditions would make capturing this shot at Sunset Park in Kimberly a tough one. “To have snow and the water to be running and not frozen isn’t overly common on this slow creek,” he says. “I always thought this photo showed the quiet cold of winter, which seems READ MORE


Posted on Dec. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

The Apollo 11 Crew Tribute at the entrance of the Appleton International Airport (crew members Mission Commander Neil Armstrong, Lunar Module Commander Buzz Aldrin and Command Module Pilot Mike Collins) is only one star of the show for this month’s The Place We Call Home. “I tried to photograph the ‘supermoon’ last month as it READ MORE

“Dutchman’s Rainbow”

Ken Kemper was out and about with his Black Lab/Shepherd Mix, Sabrina, early on a Saturday morning in 2022 when he came upon what he calls the “Dutchman’s Rainbow.”
 “What was somewhat unique about the event was that it was a morning rainbow appearing in the West from a rather high cloud base… I caught READ MORE

“New White Steps”

Kevin Abing was hiking through 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna while taking fall leaf photos with his iPhone. “I noticed there were new steps installed on the hillside to make it easier to hike up the hill,” he remembers. “With the color of the leaves and the beautiful new white steps, I knew it READ MORE


Posted on Aug. 30, 2023 by Grace Olson

Miranda Phillips and her daughter were at Appleton’s Touch a Truck event in Pierce Park when she captured this image she calls “Proud.” “My daughter is four and we often talk about what she wants to be when she grows up,” Phillips says. “She has often questioned why there aren’t more female officers in the READ MORE