Remember how easy it was for Tom (aka Mon@rch) to talk me into owl banding instead of housework? (Click here for full story.) Well, today, I was supposed to go hunting – for new jeans and some grown-up shoes to wear with skirts and dresses. Yuck. I hate shopping.
So when Terry suggested a walk in the gorge to go fishing, how could I resist? Perhaps I’d see some different wildflowers? Maybe I could try a few more shots with (the other) Terry’s 70-300mm lens? (Ha ha… I carried that lens in my backpack all morning and never put it on the camera…)
I did see some flowers… which I have seen this season… but hadn’t had a chance to photograph. There were LOTS of Painted Trillium, and only a few white (Large-flowered) and red (aka purple) ones. The breeze stopped just long enough to get a fairly good closeup of a tiny little flower called Miterwort, too. There were Wood Anemone, Hobblebush, and other small trees in flower, as well.
I pushed past my aversion to spiders to photograph this scary fellow.
But the main thing is, I went fishing! Here I am with my proud first catch:
I had to throw that one back, because it was kinda little. Later, though, I caught a much larger one which I’m about to try to cook up for supper.
When I was little, I used to fish off the end of a dock in Chautauqua Lake all the time. We would catch perch and sunfish. This was my first time fishing for trout in a stream. I loved it.
Aren’t I lucky to have such great friends who distract me from the yucky things in life? Housework, shopping – ewww! Owl-banding, fishing – Yeah!
Post-dinner update: Oh my god, was that ever tasty!