A Week on the Autumn Road

too damn busy to write much this week, other than continued work on a book...

too damn busy to write much this week, other than continued work on a book…

but i'll catch the sumac fire and maybe find a handful of pics to share...

but i’ll catch the sumac fire and maybe find a handful of pics to share…

wait a minute! i'm supposed to be chewin' on the poplars now...

wait a minute! i’m supposed to be chewin’ on the poplars now…

got over on the low waters of the allegheny...

got over on the low waters of the allegheny…

caught a brown trout on the first cast...

caught a brown trout on the first cast…

and a rainbow shortly after...

and a rainbow shortly after…

swung over to the upper pine...

swung over to the upper pine…

love that funky witch-hazel scent...

love that funky witch-hazel scent…

raised wild browns to a rio grande king...

raised wild browns to a rio grande king…

a score of small brookies too...

a score of small brookies too…

the open road of autumn puts a rainbow on the hills...

the open road of autumn puts a rainbow on the hills…

ch-ch-changes most everywhere...

ch-ch-changes most everywhere…

the hills & hollows of home...

the hills & hollows of home…

closed gentian/open season/peace...

closed gentian/open season/peace…

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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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12 Responses to A Week on the Autumn Road

  1. Walt, you are one of a rare breed who are able to tell a whole story with just pictures and we love it. Nice to hear you’ve got another book in the works.

    • I appreciate the kindness, Howard, thanks for that. Yeah I’ve been shoveling away at the possibility of another book since last winter– snow at first, then mud, then dust, then air, seeing what settles out as the weather changes.

  2. plaidcamper says:

    Well, thanks for finding some time to share this! Beautiful photographs all along the autumn road, and an enjoyable little trip. Happy to see you got out to the waters, and that the fish are thriving (or so it seems to this reader!) That road picture is definitely a touch trippy…

    • Goin’ down that trip-inducin’ road, feelin’ pretty fine right now, PC, trying to keep a sense of regularity for posting, as you do so very well, but getting out there is the important thing, catching the beauty of our transient moments this fall. Thanks, man!

  3. Brent says:

    This barely needs to be said anymore, but your photos seem to pop and amaze more with each new post. That camera seems to pull out really vibrant colors, too. My only disappointment is that you haven’t captured the deep red hues of your new trout-mobile, which I’ve only now become acquainted with!

    • Thanks Brent. Now the cat’s out of the bag, the trout has leapt free of the creel I never use. I don’t know if your mother’s seen it yet, but the contours of that little chariot seem to shout to the brightening hues of the autumn fishes. Now, did you say, “trout-mobile”? Well, now, it does have the right COLOR, doesn’t it…

  4. rommel says:

    PERFECT! Just perfect. It’s good to change it up (your method of posting) from time to time. 😉 And you did so well. ACES!

  5. Lovely pictures Walt! How I love this time of year

  6. JZ says:

    Picture perfect as always Walt and the colors of that rainbow sure are pretty. Fall is a wonderful time to be on the water. Glorious peace that fills your heart and a tranquil calm that helps guide my wading steps. Its really the best time of the year to be outdoors. Your senses awakened, triggered by the culmination of a cool season in the mist. Sure, trout are always on this fishers mind, but so is the reflection of the past season. A past season of what life has had for you inside the candy dish. Be careful, candy in this dish can be bitter sweet Walt. Here you go, I’ll dish something out for you! The death of a father, so kind and strong. Who taught a young boy how to be a man. The caring for my mother who after 50 years of marriage is finding it hard to cope. My first grandchild Penelope, who soon is to be welcomed in our hearts. Our young son JJ, who is only eight years old and has a knack for scoring goals in ice hockey. JJ has made the travel team this year and will put a lot of miles on my car (smile). Also, some very nice fish had come to hand as well through the course of the year (smile). Still hoping for more too…
    What is in your rear view mirror can suddenly push forward, that’s life! So keep both hands on the wheel Walt and stay on the road. If that road gets bumpy, break out Chester (smile). Tipping your cap to the Almighty also gets a good nod here too, Always..

    • Well said, JZ! Also thanks for sharing some family background and fishing experience from this year. Much of it sounds familiar with regard to my own experience, except that my kids are grown and independent at this point. It surely is a good time to be out and casting and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us on the water and in our souls when friends and family are doing well, too. And yes, will try to keep that forward motion on the autumn road. You’re right– when the potholes get too deep, it’ll be time for Chester and some R&R. Enjoy!

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