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Thoughts for a Country May Monday

My pond in TN. and our windmill
My pond in TN. and our windmill

APtravelnews-May 11th, Goose Holler’ Farm— Sitting and looking out from over my desk towards our 1-acre pond. Thoughts went back to yesterday. I was sitting next to the pond relaxing and I heard a rustling sound coming from a small bush on the otherside of the pond, when a fat mud turtle emerged, looked across the narrow edge of the pond and then quickly slid into the pond.

Each day a new tableau opens up to me, and I am just happy to take it all in whenever I am not locked to the puter!

Today, just moments ago a silvery shard, in the guise of a frisky largemouth bass jumped at some falling caterpillars falling from their silky tent-nest high in one of the trees that ring the pond. The sun caught the wet, white and silver bottom of the fish and I am now recording it on the puter, with only the ripples left of the memory of that delicious sight.

From the deer that come down to drink, to the kingfisher screeching across the pond in hopes of popping a bluegill too close to the surface for its own good, I marvel at the sights and take frequent breaks to just sit back, smile and watch the unfolding nature less than 100-feet away from my office window. Besides the 5-S’s, what else is more fulfilling on a country spring day? Thoughts for a fine Monday half-way through the month of May!

A Sure Sign of Spring When The Roto-Tiller Neighbor Comes Over

My Buddy Lowe came by to till my garden area! A sure sign of spring to me!
My Buddy Lowe came by to till my garden area! A sure sign of spring to me!

APtravelnews-April 24th, Goose Holler’ Farm, TN.-My garden is a source of more than just veggies, garlic and onions, its my workout gym too! My back is strong, my arms are flexible and almost as powerful as when I was a younger man. When I breath, I feel the sweetness of the earth having been amended for years with all manner of natural animal leftovers. When I plant, I can look forward and down the road to all manner of treasured  heirloom tomatoes,  cukes and an assortment of my favorite veggies.  My tenants, friends and whoever asks me, get great  garlic, onions, and “maters” as they call them in Tennessee. My grandpa David (my sons namesake) told me many years ago be a “landsman” and he meant it in two ways. But first he meant it to be a recommendation that if you have land and work it, it will repay you with sustenance. The other way, he meant it was that with land, you are grounded and are seen as having a stake in the community and the respect that this deserves. Coming from a place where my grandfather had no right to own real estate due to his religion, this was a big deal to him and America was the delight of his life. He just couldn’t believe the freedom he had to be a backyard gardener, an owner of a business, and no fear that a Russian or Polish Pogram would come down on his and his family and friends heads, destroying all their lives and quiet peace and enjoyment of their lives (remember Fiddler on The Roof) and it happened to him in Czarist Russia. He even had to change his name or be killed. Unfortunately, today the Muslim Jihadists are taking over from those past disasters and everyone should know and remember what the Ottoman Turks did to the 1.5 million Armenians! So every time I put in my garden, I think of my grandfather, gone since 1959 and wipe a small tear away before a smile of remembrance comes over my face and I say Thank you Papa for the short lifetime we had together!

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Some More Favorite Images from the 50-Thousand Captured During My Past Few Years in Freelannce Heaven and Hell!

Barb and a vineyard owner in N. Georgia! A recent image, isn't she beautiful?
Barb and a vineyard owner in N. Georgia! A recent image, isn’t she beautiful?
Wrong way to photograph wildlife! But she was closer, eh?
Wrong way to photograph wildlife! But she was closer, eh?
!Yes, it was a mounted Grizzly, but Barb was nervous anyway-it was a good realistic mount!
!Yes, it was a mounted Grizzly, but Barb was nervous anyway-it was a good realistic mount!
A small steelhead! 52 jumps on a 9-weight Tutti  Fruiti streamer fly!
A small steelhead! 52 jumps on a 9-weight Tutti Fruiti streamer fly!

APtravelnews-April 9th, “On The Road Again, The World is our Oyster”—Nature, wine, bears, ultimate fishing, no foolish “River Monsters” at all! Just natures beauty and mans pursuits! 

52 jumps, steelhead rule!!!
52 jumps, steelhead rule!!!

Due to Popular Demand, Here Are a Few More Of My Favorite Images!

Dean River, Dean Sound! Caught ocean run Steelhead for a week. Valhalla, heaven, G-D, greatest trip ever. Caught 20-steelhead on an Orvis 9-weight to 34-pounds. Cried when I had to go home and face the Florida Keys again!
Dean River, Dean Sound! Caught ocean run Steelhead for a week. Valhalla, heaven, G-D, greatest trip ever. Caught 20-steelhead on an Orvis 9-weight to 34-pounds. Cried when I had to go home and face the Florida Keys again! Yes, thats me and while fishing watching out for chocolate Grizzlies!
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Yes, that’s me in the Congo in 1963.
Fish camp!  Yes, its cold outside. My week in the Catskills researching big browns on the Battenkill River for Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine. It was pleasantly cool, now its a freezer full!
Fish camp!
Yes, its cold outside. My week in the Catskills researching big browns on the Battenkill River for Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine. It was pleasantly cool, now its a freezer full!
!Yes, it was a mounted Grizzly, but Barb was nervous anyway-it was a good realistic mount!
!Yes, it was a mounted Grizzly, but Barb was nervous anyway-it was a good realistic mount!
A man and his dog sharing an upland game bird hunt!
A man and his dog sharing an upland game bird hunt!