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Early Walk

Foxtail

Foxtail

July second in the evening the pain began. Two days later I was walking about on all fours followed with crutches and soon a walker. One can’t just call a doctor up and expect to have them see you in short order. I had to wait nine days to see a specialist. He sent me for a MRI which was exactly what I requested on the initial call. A few days later I had the MRI, and had my next appointment five days later. By this time the pain was on the way out.  I made a decision for an operation for meniscus repair. That happened on August 18th.                                                                                                                                                                                                     DSC_0008

This morning, I elected to hit the early morning woods for a brief walk to test the knee a little. By the way, I had two tears on the meniscus with some arthritis  buildup

Bull Thistle

Bull Thistle

The morning was cool, and foggy. I quickly realized the beauty of the pre-autumn woodlands. I saw a nice buck; several fawns, and a couple of does.

The late summer wildflowers are blooming everywhere.  Some of most common were: Joe-Pye; Ironweed; Jewelweed; Boneset, and goldenrod. Yes, frosts could come anytime now, but I expect a killer frost will be awhile into the future. Bees, and butterflies are enjoying the morning, too.

I found it interesting when I observed two fawns together. the one had few spots left for it already had it’s gray-brown winter hair. The other fawn was still orange-red with spots! The buck had about a fourteen inch spread. I found one site where a buck was already pawing the ground. This is known as a scrape.                       DSC_0010

DSC_0012  To be honest, my leg was feeling tired  before I reached the jeep, but I believe I will be fine…I hope!

 

 

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Great Blue Heron

Earlier this summer I completed an acrylic painting of a Greet Blue Heron. The bird is feeding on a minnow in a back-water site. A majestic sycamore tree is in the immediate background. The size is 18 X 24.

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DSC_0003 We were greeted with a dense fog as we started out into the beautiful Allegheny River. My friend, Frank “Muskie” Maus, and I had no idea what this day of muskie fishing might bring. Would we be hauling a ton of the golden, big fish, or would be involved with a luckless day? Only hours of casting, and trolling for many hours would produce the answer.

Boats in the fog

Boats in the fog

DSC_0005 We spent time surface casting before changing over to some trolling lures. The fog lifted rapidly once the atmospheric conditions were met. Still we fished on! The sky became deep blue with big fluffy clouds. A nice breeze followed the course of the river making for a comfortable day. Still we fished on!                                                                                            DSC_0004

The minutes crept into hours, and we eventually turned the trolling lures into underwater lures. We finished out the day using such lures. I snagged onto something, and became worried I would lose the lure. However, after some effort the lure released from the underwater structure.

Another fog pic!

Another fog pic!

One highlight for me was to watch a mature Bald eagle fly over our position on the water. I am always thrilled to see these majestic birds!

Frank has caught around 370 muskies during his career as a muskie fisherman. I am impressed!  As he we tell you, the efforts of many hours fishing for them produced the success. The muskellunge has been called the, “Fish Of A Thousand Casts.”

One of those thousand casts!

One of those thousand casts!

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DSC_0006  I decided about mid-morning that a fishing excursion to Crooked Creek was in order. A few moments later I was loading up the waders; rod; camera; fishing vest, and such and was on my way!

The waters of this creek was great. The previous day’s rain colored the water slightly. The humidity level was low this day, and the sky was blue as turquoise. A pleasant breeze ebbed along the hollow.                                                                               DSC_0007

Every time I fish this water source, I visualize Delaware Indians in their canoes using the route for transport. Early settlers would use this water, as well. This time of the year, however, much of the water is wouldn’t be easily traveled due to the water level.DSC_0008Fishing was very good this day. I caught catfish ranging from fifteen inches to about twenty-five inches. I had a bigger one on and I watched the fish swim away once the hook bent from the fight , and weight of the trophy.

I caught some smallmouth bass as well. their sizes ranged from about ten inches to possibly sixteen inches. The biggest one put up quite an acrobatic show!

Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain

The other specie of fish I caught was a bluegill. I missed some fish, and lost some fish.

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