1. A Milestone
With post #100, Rivertop Rambles reaches a milestone of sorts. Looking back at more than nine months of blogging so far, I can say that it’s been fun and I look forward to the next 100 posts (knock on bamboo, knock on firewood!).
I’ve got plenty to learn, of course, but I think the literary/communicative aspect of the site is working well, and I’m hoping to improve the visual aspect of it by eventually upgrading from my trusty (idiot-proof, point-and-shoot, drop-it-in-the-river-and-by-god-it-still-works) camera!
A comment on the comments: Keep them coming, loyal reader and first-timer both! When you’re silent I become a little cranky and suspicious that the outdoor blogosphere is being sponged up by the Facebook gods with whom I have no dealings. Sure, it’s a huge competitive realm out there, but if I’m beaming through the social galaxies and getting no response at all, I start thinking that my world is but a grain of sand (which it is, poetically speaking). Then, instead of shutting my mouth, I tend to holler even louder. Lots of readers do occasionally comment on the posts, and for that I’m grateful and will always make reply. The comments, pro or con or inbetween, help to keep the rambler fishing and afloat.
2. Comments on these photos: Here I look back a short distance, then move forward…
Desert willow: Seeing its picture on the camera I return to a backyard in Alamogordo, New Mexico, a place to commune with family and black-chinned hummingbirds and Gambel’s quail, a place to kick back with a beer and the smell of desert herbs.
Parry harebell: Finding the picture of this mountain and subalpine bellflower, I return to a moist meadow on the headwaters of the Pecos north of Santa Fe. Perhaps I’m pausing on my quest for cutthroat trout to investigate the violet petals.
Fish on the wall: This photo is from Santa Fe, from an intersection of experiences in the mountains and the city.
Wild brown: One of many from the Pecos.
Mountain view: Looking east from Alamogordo. Beyond the mountain lies the future.