A Flat Lay of Fly Fishing Reels and Rods

3-reelsMatt and I have been experimenting with Flat Lay on some of his Dad’s old Fishing Rods. His Dad had quite a few; some of them are old time bamboo rods with old English Reels still attached. I kind of get teary-eyed when I realize that his hands were the last to touch these beauties.

After we cleaned out the apartment then suddenly I was cast 🙂 into the world of fly fishing, of which I know very little. There is always something new to learn. The English made some good reels back when. My Mom and I used to fish streams with bait but I can see the aesthetic appeal of fly-fishing.

Below is a jumble of the old rods. If anyone knows anything about these please message me.

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Big Old Sitka Spruce Trees

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Here are some more images from our trip last month to the coast. These beauties are old growth trees along the ocean on the Olympic Peninsula. Photo 1: Sitka and Cedar on a hike down to the Beach near LaPush and 2: the famous Ruby Beach overlook further south. What a treasure this National Park is. If you are interested in getting involved in creating more quiet space for this place check out Save the Olympic Peninsula.

Milky Way view from Western Montana

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I meant to post this a few weeks back, but I get distracted in the summer. 🙂 This was taken late June on one of those special, clear nights with very little moon. We stayed up way too late but look at what we found! This photo was taken before the fire on Ravalli Hill. Those hills are now recovering nicely from being scorched by a human caused blaze near Highway 93, which took the Tribe many days to control.

This weekend we are hoping to view the Perseid Showers, which will peak Friday and Saturday nights. I hope you get to check them out too.

Note: This was taken with the wide angle lens accompanied by a shutter app on my Nexus. Matthew rigged the whole thing up. Ask before you use it, OK?

Rialto Beach

What to write about this place? It’s like a second home and so familiar and yet so different each time we visit. This time we were there with Matt’s sister and our son Alasdair. This is the view from the north looking south to Hole in the Wall. Down south it was busy, more busy than what we are used to, but we don’t usually visit in July. It was great weather though! There’s the rub…

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A Time Lapse of the Flathead River

Happy Easter to you all. Yesterday Matthew and I spent part of the early evening on top of a hill overlooking the Flathead River just west of Dixon, in an area also known as Tipi Camp. We shot a time lapse of the clouds, sky and outback hills on the other side of the river. I’ve been wanting to do that area in time lapse for awhile. If you watch closely, there is a train shot too.

While this camera was busy, I hiked across the road with the GoPro camera to set up another time lapse with a varied perspective. I stepped away for a moment and a female bluebird came to light on the camera and iPhone for a couple minutes while her very blue partner sat nearby. That camera was thereby blessed by a Bluebird!  Happy Spring!

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A walk towards the sun

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This is a photo which Matthew took of me on one of our walks last week at the Ninepipes Bird Refuge. The days are getting longer; I even notice the difference this week, with more than three minutes added on each day. Soon, the equinox will be here. Even the owls at the Bison Range are answering each other later with their wake up calls.

Walking winter, summer, spring or fall — I pretty much love it all.

My Ukulele, my Jam

When we were in Hawaii last summer, our daughter-in-law learned a new term on the street and shared it with us. “Dude, that’s my jam!” She overheard the phrase from a boy who had noticed music being played in a car with the windows open. He must have approved.

So yeah, this is my Uke and Dude, that’s my Jam! I’ve been practicing more with object photography in natural light settings. This is what I came up with the other day. Hope you like it.

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A portrait of Kauai

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I am slow to post photos of our June family trip to Kauai. This is at the overlook at Waimea Canyon. The top photo by our daughter in law, Caitlin. The sun shone during the day and it rained some nights on the north shore, which is where we stayed at Princeville. The Canyon was completely clear this day and the overlook on top was like looking at a photo of heaven. I took this of the Kalalau Valley below. It is true to color and magic.

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