Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The intense power of moving water is best understood by those who choose to enter it.
This is a hybrid run/hole that I am in love with.

Most beautiful sight (and site for that matter).

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

What I've felt, what I've known.

James D, aka Jimmy, Jimbolaya, Jamers, Ralph Waldo Jamerson and Little Bird.

A southeast MN streambed. See any bugs?

From Contents of the Dead Trout's Stomach.

A misunderstood, much-maligned creature: the dogfish, described by local MN roughfish experts as "a chainsaw with fins". To catch a dinosaur on a fly is a milestone.

Esox lucius, aka water wolf, heading home after a brief encounter with huntera photographica.

The path to salvation.

Our beloved son James, in a grounded canoe.

Going solo and ultra-light in BWCA... trying out Dad's canoe and a kayak-style paddling approach (photo credit to Dad).
Edward Abbey on the importance of going on foot
"Look here, I want to say, for godsake fellas get out of themthere machines, take off those f*cking sunglasses and unpeel both eyeballs, look around; throw away those goddamned idiotic cameras! For chrissakes folks what is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare? eh? Take off your shoes for awhile, unzip your fly, piss hearty, dig your toes in the hot sand, feel that raw and rugged earth, split a couple of big toenails, draw blood! Why not? Jesus Christ lady, roll that window down! You can't see the desert if you can't smell it. Dusty? Of course it's dusty -- this is Utah! But it's good dust, good red Utahn dust, rich in iron, rich in irony. Turn that motor off. Get out of that piece of iron and stretch your varicose veins, take off your brassiere and get some hot sun on your wrinkled old dugs! You sir, squinting at the map with your radiator boiling over and your fuel pump vapor-locked, crawl out of that shiny hunk of GMC junk and take a walk-yes, leave the old lady and those squawling brats behind for awhile and take a long quiet walk straight into the canyons, get lost for awhile, come back when you damn well feel like it, it'll do you and her and them a world of good. Give the kids a break too. let them out of the car, let them go scrambling over rocks and hunting for rattlesnakes and scorpions and anthills-yes sir, let them out, turn them loose; how dare you imprison little children in your goddamned upholstered horseless hearse? Yes sir, yes madam, I entreat you, get out of those motorized wheelchairs, get off your foam rubber backsides, stand up straight like men! like women! like human beings! and walk -- walk -- WALK upon our sweet and blessed land!"--Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire (1968)