Category Archives: Family

Gila Cliff Dwellings – April 5, 2016

My cousin Roseanne and I took a drive from Deming up to the Gila Cliff Dwellings this past Tuesday.  I’m not super happy with the way the photos turned out but it was a fun little day trip.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and 3 Questions Cafe and Living Harvest Bakery in Mimbres is a great place to get a hearty one.  It is run by the local Mennonite clan who serve up a small but very tasty breakfast buffet for $6.50.  Of course, with all the baked goods and their wonderful “Jammly” (not jam, not jelly; jammly…lol) for sale, my $6.50 breakfast ran me a touch over 60 bucks…

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The visitor center at the park.  We got there just at opening time of 9AM….

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The first thing that caught my eye upon entering the park is the really cool rock formations…

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The first view of the dwellings on the way up the trail….

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The park service keeps the trail in very good shape for easy access…

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The Mogollon folks were definitely industrious…

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Genuine native American first aid kits inside…

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Another look at all the construction that was done.  It was tough to really capture it, even with my camera lens as wide as it could go…

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A room with a view…

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My cuz and I gettin’ the necessary touristy selfie shot before heading down the mountain…

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First step’s a honey if you continue this direction.  I found it a touch sad they felt the need to post this sign…

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Portrait Practice

I have a long way to go before I can call myself a portrait shooter but my baby let me practice on her along the Sacramento River last weekend.  I liked the diffused light coming through the trees from both afternoon sky and bouncing off the water.  The stiff wind blowing straight off the river was nice to tease her hair as well. Just a touch of fill flash and a “power portrait” edit in Lightroom and I like the look.

(click image to view full size @Flickr)

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Catchin’ Up

This will just be an assortment of videos from earlier this year that were shot before I started this blog…
James’ first smalley….Butt Lake…

A couple bass from Lake Britton this summer..}

Brook trout from Echo Lake (only bite I had that day but pretty fair fish for these parts)…

My best day of the year on Almanor Smalleys (lengthy video with music some may not like..lol)..

Just a quick paddling tip…

Nice evening on the water with my gal…just a couple fish but it was gorgeous to be on the water..

My first Almanor Smalley…pretty fair start (alas, the only one I hooked that day)…

Little early spring (or was it late winter?) trollin’ run to Almanor with the boy…we got 2 before we could get both lines in then nothing for hours..

 

Father-Son Fishing Morning

It is almost impossible to get the kid to be patient on a slow morning but I finally talked him into making a few more casts and he hooked one.  Hopefully that (and the new winter boots I just ordered for the cold feet he complained of) will encourage him to stay with it in the future.  Knowin’ the showoff he can be it may have helped that the family up the bank who hadn’t caught anything had to come look too!

Baum Lake – September 27, 2015

Well, I’ve been in quite the fishing slump of late. Sometimes you just have to “go with what you know” and catch some damn fish! That’s what I did when we took a little trip to Baum this past Sunday. We didn’t get there until high noon but we managed to stick a few. We got mostly planted rainbows but 2 or 3 browns as well. All in all it was a fun afternoon.

The first video is rather long and includes all of our hookups starting with mine, followed by James’ (the time stamp was screwy on one of my cameras so putting them in actual order would have been difficult)….

This is clipped to just James’ fish…

I believe the kid actually caught larger fish on average than I did!

Bucks Lake ’08

Here are some shots from Bucks Lake in June of 2008:

Heading out…

Jimmy Fighting the big ones…..

Jimmy with his first Mackinaws…

Headin’ back to camp after a successful day on the water….

Jimmy also got a decent number of small kokanees. Aside from the smoke (there were numerous forest fires surrounding the area), it was a great long weekend!

Shotoverin 2

I took Jimmy back up to Shotoverin Lake on July 14.

We caught one nice little trout….

As usual, the catfish were biting nicely…

There was only one other fisherman on the lake that day…

I almost got a decent photo of him plying his trade. He was just too far away (and too darn quick) for me and my equipment…

Back to catfishin’….

All in all, it was a great afternoon!