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Thoughts On Late November

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Late November brings the end of the vibrant colors of fall and marks the beginning of winter in my natural calendar. The opening lyrics of “California Dreaming” fill my mind as I cross the top of Summersville Dam and take in the brown leaves that still cling to the trees. The fact that I still have a blue sky is enough to break the somber moment. I continued across the dam and began to notice that cottages and camps along the road were dressed up with the bright colors of the holiday season and after the sun goes down you can stand on a nearby mountain and all the little lights seem to form temporary constellations. The winter sky is clear most of the time and it’s easy to imagine that you’refloating in space looking out across eternity. As I pulled into the driveway of the farm where I grew up I noticed how green the holly and cedar are. The cedar even sports the dark blue berries right up into Spring. Soon a soft blanket of snow will come and make the bright red of the cardinals stand out from the gray world of winter. The colors are still there if I just look for them. The amber glow from the fireplace warms the soul as well as the body and before you know it the crocus will be popping up with a promise of new life.

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Forage Friday #35 Fish

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It occurs to me that in 35 #ForageFriday posts that I have yet to put any meat on the table. Also, with the onset of winter finding edible plants is definitely a bit of a challenge. So when I found the fishing photos in my archive I knew that I had to include them in my Forage Friday posts.

Thanks to Jack Spyrco of The Survival Podcast my definition of survival skills has expanded to include things that benefit every day life and not just the worst case scenario. I’ve tried to reflect this take on things in my Forage Friday posts and provide you with things that have a potential to wild foods that can be given space to grow and flourish in off lawn areas or even in a garden setting. With fish it’s a little more of a challenge. Most of us don’t have ponds on our land and for those in an urban environment installing a pound a pond large enough to accommodate a reliable stock if food fish may not be possible. For those folks I’d recommend that you look into something like aquaponics. Otherwise you’ll need to find a body of water where you can drop a line. Pollution is a huge concern with fish. The mercury found in tuna is of particular importance because it accumulates in the fish. While humans have a way of clearing mercy from the body over consumption of contaminated fish can lead to health problems. Freshwater fish can also be contaminated and mercury is just one of the potential substances that you need to avoid. Fortunately, your local fish and wildlife conservation service will have a list of areas where the fish should not be eaten.

A large bass and a carp in the tank of my local Cabelas sporting goods store.

As far as aquaponics and aquaculture goes I really don’t have experience beyond a tank of tropical fish from the pet store. The main concerns of caring for them were keeping the tank clean and the fish healthy. I can only presume that those concerns get larger when you talk about tanks that are in the thousands of gallons. Regular maintenance seems to be key there. Fortunately for me, I practically live in water-world. There’s at least 5 fishable rivers and a multitude of smaller streams as well as a lake with 50 miles of shoreline all within a short drive of my home. Artificial resources like stock tanks would guarantee that I would have something for the grill but I just haven’t made the investment. The economic potential of supplying fresh fish to farmers markets and restaurants might just be worthy of the effort one day and could even be a good cottage industry for someone who’s willing to learn the techniques.

For the rest of us fishing is a form of foraging. It’s a way to connect with nature and enjoy the simple blessing of partaking in God’s creation. We crave the ambiance of the life in wild places and the challenges of the sport side of fishing.

Image Titled “Hang Ups On Muddelty Creek”

It’s easy to lose your situational awareness when you so focused on that perfect casting technique. This power line above one of the more popular fishing holes in my area has a collection of tackle from those who became so lost in the activity that they forgot to look up.

Speaking of those iconic red and white bobers hanging from the cable, I’ve come to believe that in some areas that the fish have learned to avoid them. I’ve tossed them out of my kit in favor of natural cork. Cork is made from tree bark and tree bark is naturally found in the water. The fish are actually attracted to it and don’t associate it with the hook.

In most of the USA game fish like bass, catfish and pearch are regulated and techniques like weirs and spears are strictly prohibited. However, not all fish are considered game fish ( check your local regulations) and can be taken with a bow and arrow.

The tricky part of bow fishing is learning how to aim. Because the water bends the light the fish appear a little higher in the water than they actually are.

Image Titled “Life In Perspective”.

The image here shows the refraction of the light making the fish appear in a place where they are not. Bass and Bluegills are not legal to take with a bow but if it was you’d need to be able to estimate how low to aim.

Once you’ve got the fish out of the water and cleaned there’s as many ways to cook the fish as there are fish in the sea. My favorite way is to simply open the robs and prop it up over a pile of hot coals. A Native American way of cooking fish is to wrap it aromatic leaves and seal it in wild clay from the river bank. The whole package is buried directly in the hot coals and slow roasted. Once it’s done you just crack the clay open and dig in.

I have more to say about fish and fishing but I think I’ll save it for a later date. For now I hope that you have a blessed day!

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Family Outing

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The dawn sun rises over the frost kissed hills as I pull the big blue truck onto the parking lot of my day job. In the past I would have been in the field on a morning like this listening to the dawn chorus of the birds but the effort of getting out to a good hunting stand and dragging a kill over the mountains is a little more than I’m willing to put out theses days. Still, when they came into range of my lens from the heated comfort of my truck I still have the same thrill. I’ve watched this group of deer off and on for several years. This is actually a deer family. Mother on the far left, dad in the center and on the far right is their son with his first set of “buttons”. They come to the lot here to browse through the landscape in the lean times. These are city deer and they’re fairly used to human contact but they’ll only come so close. They don’t perceive the big blue truck as anything out of the ordinary and because deer are nearsighted they don’t notice the person inside slowly angling the lens their way. They only react when the autofocus beeps. Hunters would shame me for making a noise but I’ve discovered that the beep only makes them look up and present their faces. The sensitive ears don’t miss much and even the snap of the shutter gets their attention. After several frames they decided to the beeping and snapping was a little too concerning and with a few deft bounds they vanished into the thick brush.

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Talking Turkey

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Growing up in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains and spending so much time in nature gives one special skills. I never was a turkey hunter per se but I havr encountered them often. One day while sitting on my deer deer stand I heard the sound of sharp claws scratching through the dry leaves. Each animal in the forest has it’s own footsteps. In the deep thick underbrush you use your ears as much as your eyes to know what’s out there and where it is. Deer and humans have a similar gait and sound alike in the leaves. A squirrel makes a noise like a child stomping and kicking while big old bears make almost no noise at all. But scratching is a bird noise. I carefully got as much of my body behind a tree as I could and waited to see what was coming. As the scratching got closer it suddenly turned into the thumping of strong wings taking to the air. The whole flock of turkeys sailed past me only missing me by a few inches. I sat as still as possible trying to look like part of the tree in spite of blaze orange I was wearing. It was a spectacular sight to see the large bodied birds fly past my head and disappear into the bushes below. All of them except for one. The dominant tom who was a bruiser of a bird. He circled through the trees and came right back and was headed straight for me. We think if turkeys as awkward birds on the ground with a funny walk but on the wing they’re as graceful as eagles. For a moment I thought he was going to kamikaze right into me but at the last second he pulled up and gently landed at my outstretched feet. His beard drug the ground as he cocked his head to one side and examined the rifle that was still in my lap. I wasn’t quite sure what to do and what happened next totally blew my mind. He looked up at me through his right eye and said “Deer hunter?” “Well yeah.” I stammered in reply. “Okay” the tom said. “I’m familiar with the regulations and I know that I’m not in season so let’s have a conversation.” I could only nod an affirmative while blinking. I’ve never really encountered a talking turkey before. Especially not one that was so forward with his introduction. “Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. As the official spokesbird of the holiday I want to give you a few tips on thankfulness.” He continued. “First, you should realize how blessed you are and humbly accept those blessings. The generations before you struggled and sacrificed to give you the life you have. When you complain it’s like saying that they didn’t suffer enough. Next, the most important of your blessings are the people who are in your life. Guard those relationships and you’ll always be rich. Lastly, generosity is the ultimate expression of gratitude. It recognizes that your needs have been satisfied to the point where you can bless others.” After he spoke he cocked his head one more time and with a few flaps his powerful wings he rejoined the flock. I was still in shock but I who am I to question the wisdom of the official spokesbird of Thanksgiving?

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The Slow Fade

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Crows cry out overhead as they ride the cold northern winds over the old barn on Muddelty Creek. The rusted tin roof rattles slightly more than it did last year. A few more warped beams show through the bare spots in the siding. The earth grows more fallow as vines claim more of the remaining structure. Documenting the fall of the old barn gives me an appreciation for the passage of time. Changes are very subtle at first but one day you look back and see just how much has changed. The old barn has taught me to observant of the value of the now. Now is the time to appreciate what we have. Our friends, our family and our freedoms are temporary. Subtle changes in life accumulate and before you know it opportunities slip into the past. I’ve said this because as the holidays arrive and everyone gathers for celebrations we should remember that moments are fleeting and those subtle changes will eventually catch up with us and opportunities are lost.

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November Bouquet

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The cold northern winds have swept away the glory of the maple and oak. But don’t think that all beauty has been lost. Though the pedals have faded and fallen away long ago the rose has its second glory in late fall and holds it throughout the winter. The delta marsh on Muddelty Creek is full of the bright red berries that give the appearance of candy sprinkles to the brown and beige landscape. The blue sky is mirrored in the lazy flow of the water as twists it’s way through the land. The reeds whistle a lulaby in tune with wind as nature closes her heavy eyes. Standing on the edge of the road I look into the pool and watch as the fish come near the surface to admire the crimson joy of the fruit of the rose and lazily return to the depths of their realm. Soon the ice will come and seal their door of the outside world and I will wait for the new light.

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Morning Whispers

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The smell of the coffee in my tumbler fills the cab of my big blue truck as I drift along the tiny one lane road on Peter’s Creek. Most of the colorful leaves have fallen to the ground leaving behind the pale branches and boles of the sleeping forest. The vibrant songs of the mockingbirds and warblers have given way to the cries of jays and crows. The seasonal progression brings with it an icy chill making the hot coffee all the more appreciable. As I scan the edges of the road hoping for a jay or a Cardnial to pause long enough for a portrait the gently swaying keys of a box elder catches my eye. The winged seeds persist well past the dropping of the final leaf and some of them stay on the tree well into the winter. I know that the calendar says that winter doesn’t really start until the solstice but that’s mankind’s artificial time. For me winter starts with dropping of the last leaf or when those that remain have turned to dull rusty brown. The forest slumbers until the songbirds sing and wake the first blossom of spring.

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