Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Some times our traditions change, just like for the opening of pheasant season. We also spend thanksgiving morning hunting round my home town of Independence. This year Beau and i set our sights on grouse hunting. 30+ years ago Big Jim took me to a magical place:
Thursday, November 17, 2011
This got me daydreaming about building a DIY truck camper on top of my pickup truck.
not anything i'm going to get started on right away, but i'll be keeping my eyes open for just the right parts.
A few images from the 1979 Rolling Homes, Handmade Houses on Wheels by Jane Lidz, a rare and valuable book nowadays. I think most of these trucks were from the Eugene, Oregon area.
oh, the places we could go....i might need another project.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Palindromes are words or phrases that read the same in both directions. 11 - 11- 11, last years 10 -10 - 10, or 9 - 9 - 9. Growing up in Independence i've always been fond or Pat's tap. But Beau loved 11:11 when ever we were on the road.
Its Friday afternoon and the fall weather is beautiful. On my way to the Friday afternoon council meeting I drove past a beautiful old European larch one of the largest in the area but I've not found any native tamaracks growing in any of the local swamps where you would expect to find them. A quick stop at the top of the world to pay my respects to Miguel and admire the view of the Mississippi river valley in the fall.
Then dropping down to chappy land for a walk along the trout stream. Only brown and brook trout reliably spawn and reproduce here in Iowa. These trout are the only Iowa fish that spawn in the fall, generally October and November.
Trout construct a spawning nest or redd, a depression excavated into the stream bottom by the fish. Redds are very visible in the fall in areas of very clean gravel, good water flow and well-oxygenated water.
All in all a great Friday afternoon. Tonight we're decorating a country Christmas tree for the gallery in town.
Do geese see God? 11-11-11