Posts Tagged ‘weeds

23
Jun
17

a dainty little weed…

While playing hoops today in a Portland park, came across a widespread little daisy like ‘weed’…sometimes called ox-eye here, I believe…not unlike clover in coverage, but daisy like.

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12
Dec
16

Just below the surface…

lies beauty

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15
Aug
14

Imitations

“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.” T.S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood

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04
Aug
14

Shadows

Poor shadows, much maligned. Even the lowly weeds cast magical, whimsical shadows. An observant eye sees the beauty in the brightness and the shadows nearby. Step into the light you, and cast that shadow, your shadow and make it follow as you set your course in new directions.

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01
Aug
14

Invasive and Cuddly…Kind of

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28
Apr
13

Springtime springs forth………….

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Springtime is so alive. The sun warms us, motivates us. The trees spring forth. The colors emerge. And, turn your back for just a weekend or two and all hell can break loose.

At the same time, this is a busy time of year for end of school activities, the fiscal year budget process (if you are so unfortunate, as I am), opening fishing season (missing it again) and it seems every other scheduled event. All can combine to put you behind those chores. All you need is a backyard BBQ or some celebratory event and the chores seem to get done.

So, the earth awakens and springs forth, whether you are paying attention or not.  

11
Jul
12

‘Someday’ A Drive Up the Gorge for Carp

With life’s demands, of late, bumping my fly fishing  toward the side, even a close by trip seems impossible. The other evening I crossed over a nearby slough that connects to the Columbia River. I decided to pull over and peer off the bridge into the weed choked, murky water that ran (oozed is more like it) beneath the bridge. Not a pretty picture but that is what some aspects of ‘brown lining’ are like. 

There laying like a suspended chunk of wood was a Carp. I could barely make out the slightest movement as the fish just held there. If that were a Trout I would consider myself lucky to live within a quarter mile of the trophy sized fish.

But, I must admit, I have not warmed up to the Carp. Of course, I have not caught one to become enamored with the alleged power and awe of the poor man’s bonefish…so on and so on. But, I want to.

My problem is, I believe, location. The slough is almost weed free earlier in the year. The slough now is covered with a mat of ugliness that provides cover, oxygen and feed for the marauding fish. And, impossible presentation of the fly.  Equally close, is the Columbia River and I bet if I headed East a couple hours+, I could find those cruisers in a slightly more hospitable and more scenic environ. Someday.

Check out these three links re those that know what they are doing and have a passion for chasing and catching these behemoths: Roughfisher and Jean Paul Lipton.John Montana and Carp on the Fly….Trevor Tanner and Fly Carpin…..

‘Someday’ That mentally uttered word. Someday I will go here, there and perhaps drive up the Gorge and ply those shallow waters, near the shoreline, of the mighty Columbia River for the much vaunted behemoths….the Carp. Cheaper than Christmas Island that’s for sure. 

This is a picture of Carp Chaser John Montana. If you query Google Images you can find John hoisting Carp twice as big as this fine specimen. These are not large fish from some pond but rather one of the biggest rivers in the U.S.




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