A Trace of Buffalo, Too

 

Goodbye cruel world. I've had it for a while.

Goodbye cruel world. I’ve had it for a while.

A fishin' pole for Sunday afternoon.

A fishin’ pole for Sunday afternoon.

"The world's warmin' up," said Goldenrod, "but I'm getting cold."

“The world’s warmin’ up,” said Goldenrod, “but I’m getting cold.”

For morning announcements at the middle school, I read an excerpt from my new book. It held a trace of bear and bison...

For morning announcements at the middle school, I read an excerpt from my new book. It held a trace of bear and bison…

"That night it had to happen. I wasn't about to see my grizzly bear yet, but the sounds that awoke me in the tent at 1:30 certainly had me thinking in that line...

“That night it had to happen. I wasn’t about to see my grizzly bear yet, but the sounds that awoke me in the tent at 1:30 certainly had me thinking in that line…

The grunts and growling noises came with a menace that was mitigated slightly by a more soothing crush of grasses and shrubs."

The grunts and growling noises came with a menace that was mitigated slightly by a more soothing crush of grasses and shrubs.”

I took the new book to the woodshed. I was firm. I said, "But have you told the people that a copy is an excellent gift idea?"

I took the new book to the woodshed. I was firm. I said, “But have you told the people that a copy is an excellent gift idea?”

Sometimes getting old can make you feel like this.

Sometimes getting old can make you feel like this.

But one or two of these can set you straight.

But one or two of these can set you straight.

Bourbon on beer? No bull, no fear.

Bourbon on beer? No bull, no fear.

"Gappin' the bridges, straight or not." (Pine Creek @ Waterville, PA)

“Gappin’ the bridges, straight or not.” (Pine Creek @ Waterville, PA)

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About rivertoprambles

Welcome to Rivertop Rambles. This is my blog about the headwaters country-far afield or close to home. I've been a fly-fisher, birder, and naturalist for most of my adult life. I've also written poetry and natural history books for thirty years. In Rambles I will mostly reflect on the backcountry of my Allegheny foothills in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York State. Sometimes I'll write about the wilderness in distant states, or of the wild places in the human soul. Other times I'll just reflect on the domestic life outdoors. In any case, I hope you enjoy. Let's ramble!
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10 Responses to A Trace of Buffalo, Too

  1. plaidcamper says:

    You’re not leaving yet, you joker. Wonderful set photographs this week, and very amusing all along. I’d love to try the beer, best pass on the hard stuff, I feel wheels would likely come off – as the end of term approaches, it wouldn’t take much…
    Behave out there in the woodshed, and thanks for raising a smile.

    • Hey Plaid, thank you very kindly. I know what you mean about the hard stuff. A trace will do me but only now and then. An early holiday present, you know. Glad that I could raise a smile for ye!

  2. Brent says:

    Great post! Striking photographs, funny captions, and even some tasty beverages to imbibe. I like the idea of a loosely themed story told in pictures.

  3. Hey thanks Brent. Time for a change of pace. Glad you liked the loosely themed photo-narrative.

  4. loydtruss says:

    Walt
    Photos can say so much beyond words—I am so impressed with that fly rod combo. Is that an Orvis reel you are using with the bamboo? Thanks for sharing

    • Thank you for responding, Bill, and inquiring about the rod combo that I used last weekend. It’s one of my favorites, an 8-foot 5-weight Thomas & Thomas Classic that I bought second-hand in 1999. The reel is a Hardy LRH.

  5. I don’t know why, but I got a chuckle out of all this. Exquisite taste in your rod and reel Walt and I’d also make a suggestion to your other readers that Beautiful like a Mayfly would make a wonderful gift for someone for Christmas.

  6. Howard,
    Thank you, man, and thanks again. And happy holiday trails to you in Colorado.

  7. Doug says:

    I’m with Brent. Hell, I’m with everybody. Great job. Unfortunately the alcohol would be out because of meds I take and a Diabetes diagnosis. But not to worry. Meds are n i i i ce and soothing. I want to get Beautiful Like A Mayfly but I’m still without funds to get Bleeding The Rocky River up and running. Love the photos and the short one-liners. Never heard of Savage Rose, so thanks for the turn on.

    • Hey Doug,
      Niiice an’ sooothing’s what it’s all about at times, isn’t it? And we dig tranquility and peace at holiday times, if not all year around. I hope you do have a happy and creative season, and heh, who knows what comes down your chimney after this seasonal retail marathon has ended. Thank you for the kind words. This Savage Rose tune is relatively recent and just found by me, but back in the late 60s and early 70s, the group was an amazing progressive rock band out of Denmark, the best that country ever produced and, in my opinion, one of Europe’s finest of the era.

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