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SwittersB & Exploring

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Photography, Fly fishing, Life, Visuals & Fun

Oh the debate over worthiness, status and even looks. I will take the Trout over the lowly Bass any time. Yet even now I am plotting the seduction of some devilish, behemoth Bass this coming week…along with some beautiful, behemoth Trout. Just kidding Bass lovers…kind of Filed under: Fish, Fishing, Fly Fishing,

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Filed under: Happiness, Life, Oregon, Photography Tagged: gardening, Life, Photography, positive, rise and shine, sun, sunshine, SwittersB

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A gate to and from, a portal from the broken pieces of the past, hazy images of what was, brief recollections of the sublime or a horrific time. I pass through the gate toward something better, something gentler, peace of mind, something I cannot quite yet see, but I know is there…….. Filed under: Fantasy, Ha

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“Twilight fell: The sky turned to a light, dusky purple littered with tiny silver stars.” J.K. Rowling Filed under: Flowers, Gardening, Nature, Photography Tagged: dusk, flowers, gardening, low light, mums, Photography, SwittersB

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Filed under: Flowers, Gardening, Photography, Plants Tagged: Chinese Lantern (Physalis Alkekengi), Chinese Lantern flower, gardening, Photography, SwittersB

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Moseying across a roadway, down into a residential area. Hunkered down behind some grass and shrubs. Checking me out, but then what? I seem ok? Deciding to continue grazing. I snapped the little fawn. Much too trusting. ~ ~ Filed under: Animals & Pets, Nature, Oregon, Photography, Wildlife Tagged: coast, deer, fawn, Nat

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In my son’s continuing saga of man &  insects: while completing a renovation project, Tony came upon these dangerous critters.Filed under: insects, Nature, Photography Tagged: danger, Nest, Photography, Tony Muncy, yellow jackets

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Filed under: flyfishing, Oregon, Photography, Rivers and Streams Tagged: freshness, morning, Nature, Oregon, Photography, River morning fly fishing cool oregon, Salmon River, SwittersB

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“We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side.” Khalil Gibran Filed under: Life, Mental Health, Noir B&W, Photography, Portland Tagged: bright moon, Darkness, evil, heart, Khalil Gibran, lightness, Loss, love, old gate, Photography, sin, sins, SwittersB, troubles

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Please help identify the decedent. My son seems to be having a bug week. Today at work, he came upon this insect. He held it to the sky and noticed a almost transparent space between the thorax and abdomen of the insect. It did not appear to posses a stinger. We’d be interested in identifying […]

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“Flowers are nice to look at. They have neither emotions or conflicts.” Sigmund Freud “A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” Gertrude Jekyll And, it provides stretching, bending, lifting, reaching

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Careful with that feel good conformity….it may become mandated Filed under: Liberty ~ Freedom, Life, Photography Tagged: chains, culture, feel good, liberty, Life, mandated, Photography, rules, SwittersB

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Poor shadows, much maligned. Even the lowly weeds cast magical, whimsical shadows. An observant eye sees the beauty in the brightness and the shadows nearby. Step into the light you, and cast that shadow, your shadow and make it follow as you set your course in new directions. Filed under: Life, Nature, Oregon, Photography

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The clouds draw my attention. I cannot explain the attraction for the looming updrafts, the bulging and bursting explosions of greyness. I am fascinated by the majesty, the forces at play. It’s as if heaven or hell are at the doorstep and I stare. To some it’s just science, to some it is more. ~ […]

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Filed under: Art, Culture-Lifestyle, Design, Photography Tagged: Art, Decor, design, Photography, Rugs, SwittersB, Turkish

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Filed under: Flowers, Gardening, Macro Photography, Photography Tagged: beauty, evocative, Flower, gardening, macro, peach, Photography, rose, SwittersB

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It’s been a bumpy road often down dead ends, potholes and ditches causing many a delay and aches. A roadmap, a guidebook are meant to help, but the wanderlust, the beckoning  distracts from the joys meant to be. Wanderlost ~ SwittersB Filed under: Life, Nature, Photography Tagged: Cascades, journey, Life, love, Photo

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I was never too enamored with Floribunda Roses. Less tidy, too unkempt, too something that just fell short of the tight, crisp beauty of the Hybrid Tea Roses. But, of late, I rescued a few Floribundas, not knowing their genetics, so to speak, when I took them. And, I have to say, they are growing […]

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One of the enjoyable subsets of fly fishing is fly tying. Learning to tie and fish your own creations…and that attract fish. There are, it seems, a gazillion fly patterns out there. Really there are a few hundred patterns and many derivations of a single pattern. It is part of the exploratory/creative process of fly [

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‘Dear Boys…May I make your girlfriend scream louder than you ever will? Signed Spider’ ~ Filed under: Nature, Photography Tagged: Humor, Nature, Photography, Spiders, SwittersB, Tony Muncy, web

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I have been sorting through decades of stuff lately around the house. Purging, leaning down, minimalizing. I have now dug down into long forgotten boxes that sat beneath boxes and duffle bags…boxes that contain ‘treasures’ that had to be kept thirty some years ago. Young boys in the wilderness or camping a

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 I recall sitting in a bar on October 17, 1989 waiting on the third game of the World Series (Oakland~San Francisco) when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit during this nationally televised event. The double decker Oakland-Bay Bridge, as well as the Cypress Street Viaduct collapsed killing 43 during the rush hour traffic. Trus

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Of course, perhaps he took the dames fishing too! I think so. As an aside, if you are going to introduce someone to fly fishing, or any outdoor pursuit, introduce them with the basic appropriate gear: clothing, shoes, etc. Keep them comfortable, safe and able to enjoy the beginnings of the endeavor. Oh, and be […]

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Oh my, kind of like bringing a bouquet of Dandelions to a garden party to show the moon from my vantage point when I compare Leyla’s I Lost My Lens Cap’s beautiful Luna shot…well wow!  My shots seems a gazillion miles away in comparison…that said the high light actually may have been the Fir Tree s

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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”  John Muir “Camping: The art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower and flush toilet.”  

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I have this quirk: I try to avoid power lines, light poles, and such when staging a shot. There are times I will crop a shot to escape the lines, poles and signs of mankind. I don’t often do people, street life, urban chaos etc. I have considered doing more urban stuff but short of […]

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Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own arm. ~Sidney J. Phillips “The difference between a vision and a daydream is the audacity to act and faith to get started”.            ~Steven Furtick Listen, if someday you’re going to tell […]

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Rather than presenting the image with no explanation and leaving it to your imagination re what the image is, I decided to explain each image. Yesterday afternoon, the sun high, I visited an old restoration/recycle company. In back, near a loading dock, they store all manner of metal pieces for creative renovations or indus

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“If stars would but appear only one night every thousand years, my how they would marvel and stare.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: – you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.” E.E. Cummings I fancy the image more dark and brooding, less about love and […

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Filed under: Flowers, Gardening, Macro Photography, Photography Tagged: gardening, Macro Photography, Photography, Sagina subulata 'Aurea", Scotch Moss, SwittersB

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