Photo Essay: Endurance

Karl Lettner
Photos by Karl Lettner and Hugh E. Severson

The unglaciated, driftless, area of West Central Wisconsin is home to incomparable geographical, geological, and cultural uniqueness. It is also my home. Long before my ancestors or I made the region our home, the hardwood forests of indigenous trees claimed it their own. Logging, agriculture and housing have taken much of the old growth timber. Some live on to tell their story.

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Karl is 53 years old and was born and raised in the Driftless Region on his family’s dairy farm. During a decade long hiatus Karl received a bachelors degree in physics and math and dabbled in engineering in the aerospace industry. Twenty years ago he returned to his home farm. He and his wife purchased the farm from his parents and continue to milk cows and grow cash grain.