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SwittersB & Exploring

http://swittersb.wordpress.com

Located in Portland

Last update: April 4th, 2016 at 07:56 am

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Photography, Fly fishing, Life, Visuals & Fun

“In the woods we return to reason and faith.” Emerson Filed under: Life, Nature, Photography Tagged: Emerson, forest, happiness, morning, Oregon, Outdoors, photo, sunlight, SwittersB, trees, Woods

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“Let us be like a bird for a moment perched On a frail branch when he sings; Though he feels it bend, yet he sings his song, Knowing that he has wings.” Victor Hugo Filed under: Birds, Life, Nature, Photography Tagged: Bird, branch, courage, crane, dusk, Oregon, Perch, quotation, SwittersB, wildlife, wind

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Mt. Hood (Oregon) from the South side. Filed under: Nature, Oregon, Pacific NW, Photography Tagged: cloud cap, Mt. Hood, Outdoors, photo, SwittersB, Timerline, Trillium Lake

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my usually OCD dreams, gave way to a more meaningful, less fraught with frustration, event. I moved my way along the surface of a lake, and I walked the shores of a river casting the fly line with ease. Someone in my dream even asked me how I learned to cast so well. In my […]

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Filed under: Nature, Oregon, Pacific NW, Photography Tagged: lake, lily pads, Mountain, Mt. Hood, Outdoors, photo, SwittersB, Trillium

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Filed under: Life, Love, Memories, Photography Tagged: change, death, Faith, growth, Life, love, mental health, Photography, scars, SwittersB

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I know to let sleeping Penny lie. That inviting fat cat tummy would invite a chaotic response and immediate first aid. Better to enjoy the fact that she was relaxed enough to sprawl out. Always on her terms. Filed under: Animals & Pets, Cats & Dogs, Pets, Photography Tagged: cats, fat cat, Penny the Cat, […]

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no one understands? Everyone reaching out to share, to explain, to seek, to find. Adrift, clutching, hiding, needing. Answers, truths, realities challenged. The challenge becomes the norm. The spinning of mental balm the talent. Fine, but yet we seek the truths again and again. Will we recognize them when we see them? Momen

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This time of year, one has to be aware first thing in the morning for the far strung tentacles of a spider web. This one was spun over night. Doesn’t seem possible. I had backed into the spot last evening. This morning the spider web, with spider, reached from a gutter above (upper right) to […]

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A pleasing component of fly fishing is tying your own fly patterns. It is a past time that allows for varying degrees of artistic flare. It requires one to study insects and their behavior, to study the traditions of fly patterns around the world, to study the behavior of fish that consume insects, invertebrates, critters [

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I watch for the visit from the Dragon Fly that emerges into the world from below. They visit, they land atop my rod. And, as if to send me positive energy, they stay longer than a skittish, common bug, inspiring me, then bid me goodbye. Soon I see them coupled, in lusty flight, gliding by […]

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Filed under: Life, Oregon, Photography Tagged: bad luck, good luck, horseshoe, Life, luck, old house, Oregon, Photography, SwittersB

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“The sky, a perfect empty canvas, offers clouds nonetheless. They shift and drift and beg interpretation… such is the nature of art.” Jeb Dickerson ….and imagination Filed under: Nature, Oregon, Outdoors, Photography Tagged: Art, big sky, canvas, clouds, empty canvas, Imagination, Nature, Oregon, Pho

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The river gets into my being As I sit here alone in the dawn It’s wonderful, beautiful feeling I feel like I’m being reborn Oh what a sweet combination All this morning, and nature, and me I’m in love on this wonderful morning Just me and this sweet mystery. Peter Duggan, Oh, what a feeling […]

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Filed under: Life, Photography Tagged: beliefs, horseshoe, Image, Life, luck, Photography, Superstitions, SwittersB, symbols

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To see the Summer Sky. Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie, True Poems flee. Emily Dickinson Filed under: Landscape, Nature, Oregon, Photography Tagged: clouds, horizon, Nature, Oregon, Outdoors, peaceful, Photography, Sky, SwittersB

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I just noticed, as I last posted, that SwittersB & Exploring (Fly Fishing) now has 1900 followers. Now I know many came long ago and have since left. I know some left when I broadened the vision of SwittersB to not just be focused upon fly fishing. However, may I just say, I have an […]

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‘…Here, hot and cold, fingers thick with thinking, I try to tie the fly and look for the net, loosening the philosophical knot of why I came here today…’ Kathryn Starbuck, Trout Filed under: Fishing, Fly Fishing, Oregon, Photography Tagged: fly fishing, Oregon, Photography, poetry, rainbow trout,

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A calculated encounter that  was more than I could have hoped for. We finally meet…you are hesitant then finally adamant you must leave. You slip through my grasp…a fleeting memory of what could have been…a darn nice fish pic! Filed under: Beauty, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Oregon, Photography Tagged: Central

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Simply glorious…how blessed was I. Filed under: Landscape, Nature, Oregon, Photography, Sun & Moon Tagged: Central Oregon, lake, landscape, morning, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, red sky, sun rays, sunrise, SwittersB

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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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