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It’s not a sport

It’s not a sport

Bullfrog tadpoles are big, easily fat as my thumb and a little longer. They’re obvious while resting on a pond’s mud flat or among the rocks in a tumbling creek. They wear the typical cryptic olive-brown camouflage you’d expect to see on an aquatic creature that can easily slide down any number of gullets, but […]

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June 1, 2017 | By More
Slow indeed

Slow indeed

Water and air were indistinguishable in the 90 percent humidity. Gills or lungs, it seemed like either could work on this side of the lake’s surface as I stepped into the canoe and paddled across the small channel. I had beat the local bass fishing crowd but just barely. Headlights drew down on my quiet […]

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May 1, 2017 | By More
Silent Wing

Silent Wing

Midnight death on silent wing, Melding of shadow and Moonlight beam. Sentinel wrapped in wilderness old, beautiful savage of Mysteries untold. Saffron globes with obsidian holes, Probing for flesh Far down below. Inquiring voice singed with lonesome tone, Whispers terror to whiskered ones Clear to the bone. But the questions you ask eternal and now, […]

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April 1, 2017 | By More
Through my veins

Through my veins

“So what do the creeks mean to you, Johnny?” The question caught me off guard. I’d never tried to verbalize my thoughts about the local creeks and rivers in such a direct manner. I knew how much I enjoyed the small moving waters in my life, but putting that into encompassing terms was not something […]

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March 1, 2017 | By More
Fungus Among Us

Fungus Among Us

The woods are quiet during the early parts of the calendar year. Quiet, but not dead. Hikes are peaceful during these months; the insanity inducing buzz of buffalo gnats is replaced with emollient whispers of winter. The chilled breeze strikes remaining leaves of deciduous trees, an adventurous chipmunk unwraps a white oak acorn and the […]

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February 1, 2017 | By More
Proselytizing

Proselytizing

You don’t wake up one morning and decide to become an evangelist. It’s an organic progression that stems from emotion and something more, something deeper. An energy grows within until it reaches the limits of containment and pours out of you. Everything you say and do is unconsciously linked to the energy. Even if you […]

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December 1, 2016 | By More
Experience and wisdom ain’t the same thing

Experience and wisdom ain’t the same thing

Wisdom about shot selection and blood trailing is a product of experience. I’ve made a lot of bone-headed mistakes which more than qualifies me to tell folks what not to do. The problem is I thought all my bad judgments, in regard to archery shots and trailing deer, were behind me. But no, I made […]

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November 1, 2016 | By More
The Tarantula’s Worst Nightmare

The Tarantula’s Worst Nightmare

Something dark and heavy was picking its way through the frostweed blooms. The copper colored wings and curled antennae added beauty as well as menace to its form. It placidly fed on nectar along with one of its cousins, a thread-waisted wasp. The thread-waisted wasp was dwarfed. This burly midnight-blue beast was easily as long […]

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October 1, 2016 | By More
Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Throaty hoots of a great horned owl echo through the trees as I swig the last lukewarm coffee and gently close the truck door. Hunting license — check. Shotgun — check. Pocketful of shells — check. Apple and water bottle — check. Keys slide into a front pocket and into the dark woods I go. […]

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September 1, 2016 | By More
The Science of a Sunset

The Science of a Sunset

Red sky at night Sailor’s delight Red sky in the morning Sailors take warning This ancient rhyme is so old that it predates the Bible, but did you know it has a scientific explanation? Why do red skies at night indicate calm seas, while red skies in the morning forecast squalls and stormy weather? To […]

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August 1, 2016 | By More