As in traveling anywhere off the tether of a tourist, the joy is in finding those little spots and partaking of the simple and authentic. Nothing complicated. Little indigenasprovide warmth, charm and handmade fair that, for me, has never failed to settle well in the stomach. Take a chance the next time you travel to a far off place. Set aside the language difficulties. Smile, nod, gently point toward your selection (oh for crying outloud…please forget all the cultural admonitions on ‘don’t do this or you may get hit with a shoe!’ crap) and enjoy yourself. The simple salsa is worth a try, don’t you think? Check out the rest of Andrew Evans photographic work in Mexico
Viktor Pivovarov (Russian Born, Resides in Prague) Illustrator of Children's Books
Another reminder to shake off those Winter blues, doldrums; shake off the mental sludge. I didn’t get any Winter Steelheading in…not one time. So, this hunkered down, staring at the four walls is a very tired option.
I have been tying a bit. Planning a trip here or there. The gear is setting about, being inventoried and fondled. The truck needs a good cleaning. The back needs some serious rearranging to make room for the gear. Yes, it is indeed time to get out from underneath the mental and physical restraints. Work out the kinks in the legs and hips and look up toward the distance. Good things coming………….
“Idaho elk numbers have fallen from 125,000 to 103,000 since about 1997 to the dismay of hunters, professional big game outfitters and small businesses that depend on seasonal revenues from hunters.
Habitat changes and heavy feeding by bears and cougars spurred the elk decline before wolves came on the scene, but state and federal wildlife research now links the continued drop in some areas to the increased activity of wolves, said Craig White, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist in Boise.
“Federal wildlife officials in charge of protecting the northern spotted owl will release today a long-awaited environmental impact statement that lays out alternatives for killing barred owls, a larger, more aggressive and more adaptive species that has displaced spotted owls through much of their range in Oregon, Washington and northern California.” (more) (Barred Owls)
I noticed my Tundra’s floor mats are always askew and as a result all those in and out in muddy, wet boots have taken a toll that no vacuuming, cleaning are going to remove at this point. I am not an overly fastidious vehicle owner, but maybe a little preventive maintenance wouldn’t hurt. Getting in the rig with muddy boots and wet waders do eventually take the edge off the interior. The exterior has enough character blemishes too. So, perhaps the floor mats with upraised edges might catch more snow, water, mud, dust and gravel? Here is a comparison of the two leading, collect the crap, floor mats (I don’t have either one, so no dog in the fight): Husky v. Weather Tech
I visited Midya’s site (an 18 y/o young woman) and came upon this photograph that is so fun and as you click upon the picture to enlarge (best done on her site) notice the details and contrasts of life.
The Camel, The Man and The Cell Phone. Many humorous phrases could be attached to this photograph, but the details of the shot, when zoomed in, are fascinating.
Ashely Lebedev, for me, evokes the mystical elements of nature and that unattainable beauty we wish lurked in the woods…maidens, fairies and magic. Her writing is inspiring as well.
‘anyway, back to yuck and that inner youth in you.
have you locked that kid away that i’m a’talkin to? did you turn them into some sort of bully? gosh, did you turn into a bully of yourself? how’s that goin? i bet you’re lacking that creative energy you once knew, yah?’
‘these ‘inferior’ / ‘superior’ thoughts you have and anything mentioned above are all transient, impermanent things. the true you is perhaps the reason you began this profession and this endeavor (whatever makes you just COME ALIVE, whatever profession you are in) but it’s a good practice to ask yourself why you continued it, down the path you chose (was it because of external recognition? if it was, then your success is dependent on the continued approval of others and, god, what if they fail you? What if they fail you when you are already feeling so low, and what if they fail you once you are up at the ‘top’?? | the goal all good artists should aspire to work towards is practicing how to create truest to yourSELF.’
Nothing too special here. The black marabou tail is cut a bit longer than shank length. I place the butt ends about mid shank and tie them down securely. I then wrap/rib the thread back toward the bend while securing the marabou fibers atop the shank. At the bend the thread wraps stop while I then tie a very few holigraphic strips for a bit of flash. I then wrap back toward the thorax region, being careful to try and wrap back over my previous wraps. At the thorax area I wrap one to two turns of sparkle chenille and secure the thread head right behind the rootbeer brown Dazzle Bead (Hareline). This would be an undulating, barely weighted Leech pattern. Out of the water the marabou slicks back, but in the water the material pulses in an undulating manner.