Archive for December, 2013



29
Dec
13

Nature: Solitude in the Cascades

Tony & Darly decided to venture up into the foothills of the Cascades today. The snow levels are depressingly light this year. There was not another visible soul. Fog filtered up from the valley below. Quiet, still and solitude. Tony took some photos and shared the solitude.

Foggy Walk ™ SwittersB

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woods ™ SwittersB

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UBVF ™ SwittersB

This area was above Bridal Veil on Larch Mountain (Oregon)

29
Dec
13

Photography: Frozen Lace On Our Window……

Morning Ice Window SwittersBIce crystals formed on the window facing the very cold East wind. The crystalline designs are almost plant like…miniature trees or fern fronds?  

28
Dec
13

Dragon Fly Nymph: In the Muck & In the Light……..

dragon eyes muck SBThose Big Bulbous Eyes will attract. In the muck or in the light.

dragon eyes light SwittersB

28
Dec
13

Above and Below: Both have beauty………

rift Bt water ™ SbA vessel for the rivers…the drift boat is often used by fly/gear fishers in the Pacific NW. It glides just above the surface.

sub surface ™ SB

28
Dec
13

Imagery: Provocation & Seduction

spey fly TMuncyA pencil drawing of a Spey fly with the trailing stinger hook. The Steelhead is enticed, provoked, seduced into engulfing the fly and upon the take turning and jetting away. The stinger hook tries to ensure a more assured hook up with the metal head, steel jawed piece of flexing muscle.

Spey Fly Stinger

This fly was tied by my son Tony. The same one that drew the pencil sketch above years ago. There is a real, visible sense of the artistic here. Does the fish appreciate that? No…simply predation. Provoked to consume….a gentle way of saying ‘to kill’ another in the food chain.

Echo Lamson Rocks Moss SwittersB

Feathered Bark Rod Reel SwittersB2

One of the primary tools for the quest. In this instance, a two hander…a spey rod…as opposed to the ‘normal’ one handed fly rod. Different skill sets to learn. Greater potentials in presentation: distance in casting. Notice the pieces of wood that are now high and dry? They were submerged and the forces of the current have stripped the bark into fans, feathers……..

T Muncy SwittersB ImageIt has been awhile since I have aggressively pursued sea run trout..Steelhead. I did for many years with a single handled rod (normal fly rod) and did well. Somehow, I got caught up in the machinations of the two handed rod and immediately stopped catching Steelhead. Paying my dues? Hmm? Not sure. I lost focus and intuitively lost interest. Now, I feel I must justify the expenses of gear and catch/release a Steelhead. You will notice I have no pics of a Steelhead and SwittersB to display. Remember my resolutions? Time management, focus, location/presentation, desire.

28
Dec
13

Beyond My Comprehension…Man in Space

NASAWe see these pictures and momentarily say “cool” “wow” and maybe you are like me. I wonder what if this or that happened and the pioneer drifted off into forever space…but really this is the most bizarre, amazing thing to me. I just take this for granted. The quality of the images are amazing too. NASA Images I think I will categorize this under Travel…

28
Dec
13

Movie making: Behind the scenes….The River Why

I found these older pics from 2011, when a film crew came to a fly shop (NW Fly Fishing Outfitters, Portland, Oregon) where my son, Tony, was working. I have previously posted a pic of Tony with Zach Gilford, who played Gus Oviston in the movie, The River Why. But, I found some behind the scenes images that Tony had gathered in the small fly shop. They show the size and volume of equipment and people involved for a very few scenes at the shop.

TJ and Z

Here, in a quiet moment, Zach, Tony and the late and great John Hagan (owner of NWFFO) discussed Gilford’s life and travels.

T and ZPicMonkey CollageM5ColM3 ColM2 ColM1 ColI always think in terms of movies, who is in the movie. But, the setup and preparation is equally interesting. A fair amount of movies are shot in and around Portland so I see the neighborhoods taken over with big trailers etc. TV shows like Grimm and Leverage film quite a bit in Portland. 

 




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