Archive for September, 2008

Mum’s the Word

September 21st, 2008

Shhhh. Don’t tell anybody, but tomorrow is the first day of Fall.

Although it’s one my favorite times of year to photograph, hike, and fish; it always makes me get retrospective of how my summer went. In the past, I have had both wonderful – and not so wonderful times during the long days of the season. This year was, well, just average.

This weekend was kind of dreary in Bend. Somewhat fitting I guess, due to the impending end of summer ahead. I decided that I needed something around to try and help fill my views with color instead of the all the gray out my window.

So, I brought home a glorious example of a Fall Mum. The gray light was perfect for making on image of the last day of summer.

The fall colors will be around us sooner than we all expect. I guess that’s one of the reasons that I thoroughly enjoy living just far enough north to be able to experience the four seasons.



September 16th, 2008

I was lucky enough to find some good looking asparagus at the local market this afternoon, so I added some chicken breasts, rice, and red potatoes to the shopping cart and headed home.

I’m not much of a chef, but the results were spectacular!

I am fat and happy tonight!


Grasshopper… You need to fish!

September 15th, 2008

I was up at 5AM this morning and managed to get a new furl tied, a cup of coffee in me, and pack up some gear for a trip to somewhere. I didn’t know where, but Heather and I agreed last night that she would take me somewhere. When she arrived, she still hadn’t decided where we were going. After a stop at the grocery store, the first red light made our decision for us. We headed to a series of small streams a couple of hours away. We were hoping to have some fun throwing hopper patterns at eager trout.

We succeeded!

Since my summer has been a little lacking on fishing trips, I decided to leave the camera in the car most of the day and just fish instead. I did get a few quick shots though…

I got a bug tied on the way (photo by Heather, taken at 45 mph)

We started our day on this small creek. The levels were low and the temps were a bit high, so after a short time we decided to move on to stream #2.

Stream #2 turned out to be rather hopper friendly. We had a blast!

We saw some other bugs around as well

As we thought about our journey home, Heather decided that she would show me a stretch of a secluded stream with the promise of more trout to be had. We both caught a handful of gorgeously colorful, and wonderfully feisty, hand-sized trout

Around numerous log jams…

…and boulder fields

Thanks to Heather for taking me on this trip and showing me some new waters.

It was a great way to spend a Sunday. All 330 miles of it…


How old am I?

September 13th, 2008

Old enough to know better…

Today I am 44. I still feel like I’m 20. I’ve got a lot more to say about how I feel about my age, but it’ll have to wait a few days until I digest it all.

Tomorrow I am headed out on an adventure. I really need to get out. I am looking forward to the outing.

Becoming 44 years young is less important than what I might experience this weekend.


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