Archive for the 'Camping' Category

22
Sep
16

taking the edge off…

a chilly morning. The sounds of crackling kindling, the smell of the smoke and that nice warmth. Not something I get to do often unless camping and/or fishing on a chilly morning.

fire, wood stove, warmth, SwittersB

 

10
Nov
15

Wood smoke…

along the river’s edge. The smell reminds one of camping. The leaves fall like big snow flakes, fluttering down to form  an orange and yellow carpet. Later the river will rise to wash them away. 

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30
Jul
15

afternoon breeze….

summertime lakeside

afternoon winds pushing waves 

cold feet in the heat

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23
Jul
15

looking up…

“Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.” Robert Cecil

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12
Jul
14

Boys & Bones

I have been sorting through decades of stuff lately around the house. Purging, leaning down, minimalizing. I have now dug down into long forgotten boxes that sat beneath boxes and duffle bags…boxes that contain ‘treasures’ that had to be kept thirty some years ago. Young boys in the wilderness or camping along rivers and lakes came upon treasures that were special enough they would cart them back to camp, their collective faces sweaty, covered in grime and peach fuzz showing excitement and imagination.

Often such treasures were bones. Bones of various animals that had met their end and this generated a multitude of questions that allowed my furtive imagination to provide exciting answers and possibilities. Today I found an old jaw bone and teeth, a skull, part of a spine and even an old shark jaw from Mexico. As I stood in the last light of the day, the moon once again rising in full majesty, I recalled so many years ago little guys that today, as men, still enjoy the outdoors and the camping, fishing, hiking and roughing that goes with it. An old, musty box on the bottom shelf of the shed long forgotten. I am not getting rid of the bones. Grandchildren need to hear about these bones. 

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11
Jul
14

Camping

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”  John Muir

“Camping: The art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower and flush toilet.”  Silence Dogood

“How is it that one match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire?” ~Christy Whitehead

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31
May
14

Camping: Early Morning

camping-morning light-photography-woods-SwittersBCamping and early morning: I am up before anyone else. There is a chill in the shadows, so I seek the emerging sunshine and it offers that hint of warmth to the face. The air at higher altitude is refreshing and crisp. A few sounds carry through the woods…someone else is up early. A waft of smoke in the distance from a campfire. The birds are chirping. A few chipmunks scurry about. It is time to sit, to retain the morning calm and enjoy the solitude.




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