Archive for September 24th, 2012

24
Sep
12

Hawk’s Photographs

This hawk was perched near me. I slowly walked forward, camera raised and snapped the picture. I gave no thought to any settings. I anticipated the bird would fly away……

So, the hawk took flight and it all happened quicker than I imagined. I didn’t give consideration to the camera settings for the motion of the hawk…hence the blurring. And, of course, it would have been nice to capture the whole bird.

24
Sep
12

Stars Align for Fly Fishing

I enjoy the whole learning process at SwittersB & Fly Fishing. I am by no means a self professed expert. I study like you do and savor those gems of wisdom that add to our book of knowledge…a very loose leaf book of knowledge. I like to share the fun stuff I find.

Photo by MJM

This past few days, I had an opportunity to escape for a few days with my wife. I was relaxed and at ease while I fished. Less concerned with numbers, size of fish, self competition to succeed. Such traps have been my self imposed silos of thought in the past, that cause unnecessary stress. Factor in time constraints and competing life forces and the last thing one needs is a competitive bent.

That said, I do like to assess…assess what I think I know with what I observe and how it sorts out in some measurable successes. The past few days were a blend of successes: observing the habitat and selecting the perfect flies to present and, of course, the best measurement of success… cooperative fish. 

Photo by MJM

The weather was perfect: the winds for stillwater fly fishing were mild, the temps pleasant. The pace was steady and peaceful. The body didn’t suffer too badly. The mind was at peace. The company was great!

Time for me, like for most of you, is limited to go fishing. Wanderlust can prevail, especially when one gets seduced by the fishbum life style. Not there for me, nor will it ever be. So, I have to enjoy the limited time and not taint it with over achieving mind games, that in the end rob me of the renewing qualities available for me. The stars aligned just fine for me.

24
Sep
12

Monsanto, Food Safety & Tumors

Food Safety? Really? Well, I guess we need to be healthy and free to explore and pursue, right?

I try to avoid the over reaching and feverish involvement in most ’causes’ or just whatever the outspoken ones are up in a roar about. So let me veer off a bit here.

The food safety issue does concern me. Cancer has touched many parts of my family and friends. In our everyday life, we really don’t have a handle on the immediate causes beyond some fuzzy admonitions…some worthy (avoid sun damage) and some more vague (eat more natural, organic foods). What about all the processed, altered foods we consume. I wonder……………

The new French research is alarming. Monsanto is taken to task as genetically engineering food that allegedly has a high probability of causing cancerous tumors and accelerated mortality.  The French government is even reviewing the study to possibly advocate banning such food products from entering the Euro Union.

Monsanto, out of St. Louis, MO. of course has a counter to the study saying:  “Numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies performed on biotech crops to date, including more than a hundred feeding studies, have continuously confirmed their safety.”

Maybe I have missed the coverage, but I have not read or heard much about this seemingly critical study with the MSM.  

Here are some links to the concern re the study. Some are strident…some are merely reporting and some are graphic. What is the truth here? Is this the fringe’s cause or should we all be very alert re this? I suspect the latter.

The Survivor Place Blog

WSJ-Online

Natural News

24
Sep
12

Trout Reflections

24
Sep
12

Smoky Sunrise

Recent forest fires in Central Oregon have created a regional smoky haze that hung in the sky as an interesting filter for the sun, rising or setting. Here I took a few minutes to capture the sun rising through the haze. 

24
Sep
12

Early Morning Rays




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