September And Change

Sep012014CloudsThis morning the clouds shifted and transformed constantly. It triggered thoughts of Septembers of the past and change. Why is it I like change yet desire things to remain as they are? It occurred to me that I am in the September of my life. A time when my body is changing. A time when my mind must adapt. No longer able to do things to the extreme. To find happiness and comfort in accommodating the abilities that are possible.

Sep092011FredAndRachelThen I pondered photography which is a compelling force in my actions each day. Photography changes my perspective in many ways. Places, subjects, actions that have been visible to me forever take on new and fuller understanding. There is always so much gray in living, rarely is anything black and white. My grandparents on my mother’s side were always a gray area in my knowledge of them. A glimpse at a couple old photos of Fred and Rachel and genetic imprinting becomes black and white in my conscious mind.

Sep092011GrandparentsAn affinity for a dog in my lap, a plaid shirt to wear and a cigarette burning in my hand is all familiar. So I will wrap up this rambling with a few pictures from Septembers now and in the past. More and more I want to mingle what I see today along with what I have seen in the past. Could it be that I wish for the images I capture each day to speak for themselves? At some point in the future that is what they must do to remain of value to anyone but myself………….

Sep012014BlackButterflyOnThistle.

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Sep012014Chickens.

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Sep012014Zinnia2.

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Sep012014CowsLeavingPond.

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Sep012014Goldenrod,

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Sep012014ElkBugling.

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Sep012014GreatBlueHeron.

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Sep012014Zinnia.

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Sep012014HairstreaksMating.

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Sep012014WildTurkey.

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Sep012014YellowBugsOnPinkBlooms.

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Sep012014MooNewGoatKid.

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Sep012014BouquetIn many ways life is a bouquet to hold and cherish……….

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Going Fishing

Aug252011BoyWithFishStatueWhen I was a boy there was nothing that captivated me as much as fishing. The chance to wander alone along the bank of a creek, river, or canal at that time. What made fishing so very special then was the element of unknown. Pursuing a quarry that you could not see.

Apr012012BoyWithFishLast night we had a fine fish meal with a couple friends that I took fishing on their honeymoon. It was nineteen years ago. My mind wandered back to my boyhood and how excited I would be bringing a fish home for Mom to cook. Mom was not all that delighted as at that time all I knew how to do was gut and scale the fish leaving head on. Mom hated the fishes eye looking at her in the frying pan. She still cooked them for me.

Aug142011MikeAndFinaDuring my middle aged years I worked as a fishing guide. That is Mike and Fina above, fine folks that we developed a friendship with over the years. I no longer work as a fishing guide, yet they still stop by and visit as they celebrate their anniversary fishing here each year.

Dec012011KingfisherNow I go fishing rarely. Photography now my main interest. While eating our fish dinner last night we all decided to go fishing today. A chance to rekindle a life long joy with my “Little Woman” and a couple of friends………….

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Stuff Around Goat Sass Farm

Aug302014BabyPigSquealing.

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Aug302014BellAndShadow.

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Aug302014BeetleOdd.

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Aug302014BrownInsect.

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Aug302014BuffOrringtonHen.

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Aug302014CanadianThistle.

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Aug302014ChickenHead.

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Aug302014CrabSpider.

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Aug302014DifferentSpeciesOfWasp.

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Aug302014FuzzyButtBee.

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Aug302014GrasshopperInZinnia.

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Aug302014OldSquareBaler.

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Aug302014SignsOfFall.

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Aug302014SmallButterflyOnGoldenCosmos.

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Aug302014SmallButterflyCloseUp

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Around The Farm (Country Life)

Aug292014GoatInTheFieldGive me that country life. A place where I can walk out the door anticipating the wonders of nature. No traffic to navigate, insect bites the only burden to bear. I would swap swatting mosquitoes and picking ticks for sitting at a traffic light any day.

Aug292014Checkerspot.

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Aug292014GoatNibblingWeed.

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Aug292014GreenHeronInBrushpile.

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Aug292014WhatIsItBug.

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Aug292014GreenHeron,

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Aug292014Polk.

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Aug292014RabbitRunning.

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Aug292014TurtleInTheMud.

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Aug292014Sulpher.

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Aug292014HawkPerched.

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Aug292014GreenHeronStareHave a great weekend………..

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Netting Asian Carp In The Tailwaters Of Barkely Dam

Aug282014MockingbirdOnStatueHeadOne never knows what they shall see when they head to the rivers. With the heat of summer cooking for the last week I did not expect much action. That little bird or whatever it is that sits on my head and guides me told me to go to Barkley Dam. Arriving there there were a few Great Blue Heron lining the banks as usual. Gulls circled and dove grabbing fish that surfaced now and then. My first thought was to head on home. Then I felt that nudge I get on occasion to go sit at a certain spot and open my eyes. There will be something you are missing it tells me.

Aug282014GreatBlueHeronGlidingSo I sat and snapped a shot as this heron glided past below me. Then I looked further out in the river and saw what looked like floats and fish lining a commercial fishing net. Humm, strange I thought they normally don’t put out nets in the tailwaters of the dams. Then I saw a boat pulling a net against the lock chamber wall on the far side of the river. Four folks were hard at work. The Mississippi River system is having trouble with an exploding population of Asian Carp. An invasive species that got in to the river during flooding further south. The fish were stocked in ponds to sell over seas. When the ponds flooded the fish were free to enter the Mississippi River system. These fish are taking over the rivers all the way to the great lakes. To combat this invasion a factory has opened nearby to process these fish caught by commercial netters. This is the first time I have seen them and thought folks might want to see how hard the work is these fisherman do.

Aug282014CatfishPulledInToBoatBefore I post the commercial fisherman working there nets here is a shot of a sport fisherman pulling in a catfish. It was the only sport fishing boat on the river. Perhaps due to the fishing being tougher since the Asian Carp have invaded.

Aug282014NettingAsianCarp.

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Aug282014NettingAsianCarp2.

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Aug282014NettingAsianCarp3.

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Aug282014NettingAsianCarp4.

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Aug282014NettingAsianCarp5.

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Aug282014NettingAsianCarp6.

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Aug282014NettingAsianCarpUnloading

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