Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Couple More Albie Pix

Albies are seethed in mirror like skin with subtle coloration that doesn't always come out in pictures that's why I like this first one.


I just like the angles on this picture

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Playing Hide and Seek

Every year, as fall approaches, my fishing buddies and I find ourselves along the New England coast chasing the infamous fall run.  The magic of witnessing huge bait balls being torn apart by busting predators fills our dreams.  While this does happen, it is not always our experience, as we're a bunch of working guys, who can only get away for a couple of weekend days on the water.  To find that experience takes luck and being on the water at the right time, some years we're there and other years we end up playing hide and seek with the fish.

This past weekend was the later.  Early last week, reports from all along the coast were glorious.  Tons of bait and plenty of albies, bass and blues.  Then Friday it all changed.  From Cape Cod through Long Island Sound everything changed.  We arrived Saturday and put in our time, searching old haunts as well as new water in search of fish.  We were not alone.  All the other boats were doing the same thing.  All one can do in these situations is find some bait, hang out and hope that the predators show up.  We fished hard and managed to land a few well earned fish.  The pods of albies we did find appeared to be small pods of 2-4 fish that would blow through for a few minutes only to never be seen again.  We got some so so shots and were not sure of what they were feeding on.  They can be easy to get to take or very finicky depending on circumstances.  Fish with quarter sized eyes can easily spot something that doesn't look like food can be as challenging as the browns in a spring creek.  So we kept on changing flies until we got lucky.  Being grateful to land a couple of fish, makes those days were they come fast and easy oh so special.

 Moon set Saturday morning 
 
One of the crazy houses you see along the coast. 

Not too shabby of a house.


 The target species in hand

  Love the coloration of albies.  While not the most impressive looking fish the power and speed that they have is something that has to be experienced in order to be fully understood and appreciated.  No fresh water fish comes even close in terms of speed or power. 


Built for speed

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Lines

I've noticed what appeared to be a weekly car show by the local mini golf.  The other night I stopped by with my camera and loved taking pictures of the vehicles there.  Old cars have the best lines.  It makes me think that the designers must have had a ton of fun coming up with the designs. 
 
 I love the symmetry of this shot.


 I love the lines of this 1940 Chevy

 One doesn't see many of these Shelby Coupes.

 More amazing lines  on this 57 

 The front view



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Music

This past weekend my family and I attended a music festival.  There were some nice opportunities to capture some good images.  Here are the ones that I liked the most.

  Joziah Longo of the Grand Slambovians

  Pat Wictor of Brother Sun

  Sharkey McEwen of the Grand Slambovians
 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Downpours and Redemption

Typically I have my fishing game pretty tight for the fishing I mostly engage in, trout and carp.  That doesn't mean I have off days but this year I have two off months.  On the water I've been sloppy and inaccurate with my casts, either too fast or slow with my hook sets and generally out of sync with the demands needed to connect with fish.  Generally it's been an ugly funk whenever I've been on the water. 

Given the warm temps, carp was on the menu and the opportunity to tighten up my game presented itself.  On the water I focused on moving slowly and quietly, moving into position carefully and crucially making the first cast the right cast .  I found that too much fly movement spooked the carp so little or no fly movement was the key.  What unfolded was a magical two hours of only messing up two fish, one to lining and one to hooking a stick near the fish.  All the others were spot on presentations and hook sets.  In my journey on water I saw tons of Killdeer, a water snake hunting in the shallows, three or so dozen Cedar Waxwings working the bugs over a riffle, an Osprey, an immature Bald Eagle, a Red Tailed Hawk, plus Eastern Kingbirds, Crows and the typical assortment of resident birds.  Then came the thunderstorms and bad light that ended the magical afternoon of redemption. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sunday Stroll

I got out for a couple of hours in the glorious late afternoon light.  The sky and light were constantly changing due to the storms moving through the area. Got to visit some of the areas I love to see and witnessed some magic in the air and on the ground.



Saturday, July 9, 2016

Insect Eaters

Large insect eating Brown Trout are immensely fun to fish for, catch and are great to look at.