Archive for November 11th, 2012


One Track Mind…………..

“The rails and ties are usually placed on a foundation made of compressed earth on top of which is placed a bed of ballast to distribute the load from the ties and to prevent the track from buckling as the ground settles over time under the weight of the vehicles passing above. The ballast also serves as a means of drainage.” (Track Ballast)


Wet Afternoon Photography

I grabbed the camera and ventured forth into a wet, Fall afternoon. I worked in and around the Big Four Corners Natural Area on the Columbia Slough. The area is undeveloped so one had to be careful keeping track of the path in and out. It wasn’t so much one would get lost (wedged between the slough and a distant roadway) as stumble into a flooded area. The footing was irregular atop downed trees, long grass and standing water.

In the end, I chose to keep it simple as I wasn’t wearing adequate footwear. It was raining hard, windy and 42 degrees. I took a few shots and trudged out. 

Here was the start of the trail, which petered out thirty yards in. It was nice to venture into an undeveloped area. So often when you try to photograph something there is the post, the pipe, the sign of man intruding into the scene. Hopefully, they will leave this alone.

Tenacious Blue…the last vestige of Summer’s palette.


Cold Weather Gloves for Fly Fishing

This is such a trial and error area for me. I cannot really make a recommendation. Once the temp dips below freezing and the finger tips get wet it is like a combination of bee stings and hammer strikes on my fingertips. Dexterity suffers on tying on flies, using tools, line management with a spey rod especially. I can withstand most things outdoor until my fingertips lose the battle often followed by the toes. I carry different gloves and trade them off as a pair gets overly saturated. Only advice I can give…couple pair of gloves, maybe those hand warmer packets and make the most of those hours you can take it.

Commenter Sk8flyrod pointed the way to the Kast Steelhead Gloves. Positive reviews at MidCurrent and Deneki.


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