An Artful Dying

All I’ve got this week is a handful of photographs, folks, and no real excuses. Maybe it’s autumn ennui at one extreme or the busyness of a nut-gathering squirrel at the other, but in any case, I hope you like the images…

there's an artful dying of the year as autumn deepens and the moon lifts off the hill like a wayward spirit...

there’s an artful dying of the year as autumn deepens and the moon lifts off the hill like a wayward spirit…

on the skin of it all there's color-- beautiful colors, fleeting and evanescent...

on the skin of it all there’s color– beautiful colors, fleeting and evanescent…

there's a sharpness to it, fiery and pungent...

there’s a sharpness to it, fiery and pungent…

the creeks are calm and slowly cooling, as if eagerly awaiting a run of fish, a promise of the spawn, the new generation...

the creeks are calm and slowly cooling, as if eagerly awaiting a run of fish, a promise of the spawn, the new generation…

fruit of the vine is wild and tempting, neither too sweet nor too sour...

fruit of the vine is wild and tempting, neither too sweet nor too sour…

i'm brook trout eager for a rivertop return, but still waiting for some rain...

i’m brook trout eager for a rivertop return… the long-awaited rains are coming…

i'm brown trout satisfied with the present time, but I'm hopeful that the circle gets completed before the hours grow really dark...

i’m brown trout satisfied with the present, but hopeful that the circle gets completed soon… before the dark, cold hours come…

i feel like a spinner sometimes, like another leaf cut loose from the tree...

i feel like a spinner sometimes, like another leaf cut loose from the tree…

these toys are getting all too common... this drone, hovering against a waterfall, has its eye on you... is there a hunting season on these things?

these toys are getting all too common… this drone, hovering against a waterfall, has its eye on you… is there a hunting season on these things?

i'm a sucker for a pretty sunset, and hoping that you are, too...

i’m a sucker for a pretty sunset, and hope that you are, too…

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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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18 Responses to An Artful Dying

  1. Great photographs Walt! I’m just now remembering how a great photo will tell a story without many words. Sometimes we just run out of words.

  2. Thanks Howard! Yeah, we run out of words sometimes or, if we’re lucky, realize the power of unspoken verbiage.

  3. Brent says:

    This beats any effort I’ve been able to muster up lately. You’re right: there’s a real sad, artful beauty in portraying this peak autumn season. I’m glad you posted these. Where did you see the drone flying?

    • It’s a season rich in contrast and wonder, melancholy and hope– and tough to write about at times. So thanks for the understanding… As for the drone, it was flying around Montour Falls in late August. An eye-opener.

  4. Beautiful pictures. I miss the colours you can find in deciduous forests in the fall. I also really like the simplicity of that spinner you tied.

    • Thanks Douglas! The foliage is a big attraction around here in the fall, sort of like the ruins of the Roman Empire but on a more modest scale, and more ephemeral, of course. As for the spinner, it’s a simple tie, a variant creme that proves successful on late summer eves…

  5. Bob Stanton says:

    I read somewhere that golden eagles are being trained to take down drones. Now, how to (legally) acquire an eagle and train it…

  6. Bob Stanton says:

    My first thought too. What the 20 gauge lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in pyrotechnics.

  7. JZ says:

    Fished Cedar creek yesterday and the fall colors in the mountains were stunning Walt! The brook trout caught closely matched the fire reds, deep purples, burnt orange landscape. There is no place like being outdoors in the fall. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else yesterday enjoying the ripeness of the season. Your pictures Walt, always wonderful, closely replicate my detailed images yesterday in the Tioga forest..

  8. What a spectacle when October leaves and brook trout reflect each other’s coloration! Hard to beat that on a place like Cedar Run, although the fishing can be tough when the leaves are fallen and on the water. Thanks JZ. Glad you had another good visit. With all this rain today, the streams might take a few days to settle!

  9. plaidcamper says:

    Spectacular leaf shots! Eastern fall foliage is so beautiful…
    Love the notion of the moon lifting off, escaping the hill – wonderful image.
    As for the drone? Not much into guns, but the exchange between you and Bob above had me smiling, so let’s just say I’d happily look the other way (or even ask for a turn at bagging me a drone – I’d hang it over a fireplace, bore future grandchildren with stories…)
    Have a great weekend!

  10. Hi PC, Glad you liked those shots. As for science fiction– it starts at home, with these Aliens-R-Us who pilot drones with the intent to invade our private lives. Maybe I’m sounding paranoid, or just imagining a good use of our U.S. 2nd Amendment rights! Thanks, friend, on possibly “looking the other way.”

  11. rommel says:

    That second photo – WOW! You definitely captured the autumn colors on that one. And I’m not just talking about in pictures, but in words too. Something about the “fall” that do drag us down, but I think the coming of winter and the holidays do make us stand up. 😉

  12. Thanks for that, Rommel, and yes, the basic image has, for me, a sense of standing straight while falling down, or as Bowie said, going “up the hill backwards,” maybe. In any case, kind of exciting, too.

  13. Doug says:

    amazing shots Walt.

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