A Few Words From the Photos

Kettle Creek eagle says, I’m not that far away. Photo Guy shoulda had a zoom lens with him.

When the big streams weren’t producing I’d go up the little feeder streams to check on the brookies.

Like this…

a good gravel road culvert that allows trout passage to the spawning grounds…

Southern Tier makes a good beer for rivertop ramblers! Looks like I refilled this w/ a shot of setting sun…

Nature makes a tasty mayfly morsel (March Brown) for rivertop inhabitants…

This 16-inch rainbow from the creek called “Oz” believed the streamer was a live one, not an alternative food…

I chased the rainbow thru deep riffles before it filled the net…

a small Oswayo colony of moccasin flower produced only one bloom this year…

wild azalea (pinxter) with a smell as sweet as these streams are beautiful…

at eleven-inches-plus, this headwaters trout can be considered big for New York State…

It said, What happened? I said, Thanks, and placed him back in the stream…

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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22 Responses to A Few Words From the Photos

  1. John says:

    Love these photos of trout in such peaceful scenery. Thanks

  2. plaidcamper says:

    Great set of photographs shared here! Up from the earth, in the air, and in the water, life is looking pretty good in and around your rivertops. I’m guessing the IPA made for a pleasant finish to a good day of rambling…
    Cheers, Walt!

  3. Brent says:

    A dazzling array of floral and piscine colors! What’s the new wood with the beer picture?

  4. JZ says:

    Gazing at your pictures makes me want to dive into those exact moments when taken. Breathless beauty that can cause the heart to race and the mind to wander. An eagle who stands guard looking for a morsel or just analyzing the world from a-far. It surely would make this angler thirsty! With hops in the air and on my tongue, watching the water and the world slowly trickle by would naturally be in the cards. I’m going to have to hop to it soon…

  5. It’s HOPpening, JZ. Drink to it, cast to it, revel in it all. Thanks so much, and I hope you have a chance to get in on the heavy hatches and the frantic trout activity soon!

  6. It’s so nice to see that Spring is actually here as evidenced by the blooming flowers, wildlife florishing and a nice cool drink.

  7. JZ says:

    Oh, I have been getting out Walt. I will be out again Monday on the Gunpowder. It promises to be an all day affair on the water. Leaving early and getting home late is a prerequisite. I certainly relish these times as all fisherman do. There is something that stirs of goodness fishing over sulphers, caddis and small olives. Anticipation of all the rituals that surround it, will prevail. The silk will see water again soon. Saturday I’ll be in Pittsburgh to attend a funeral. Sunday will see me cutting grass and getting to chores. However, around 6:00pm, the near-by pond will be calling. The bass will be in the shallows as usual, near catty 9 tails, and the bream should be busting. Its a fisherman’s life, cast to it…

    • Sounds like a plan, JZ. Probably similar to mine. Sunday we’ll bury the ashes of my mother next to the memorial stone of my father where they used to live. Maybe the farm pond in the evening, and heading to Kettle environs on Monday. Have a great weekend and good luck on the Gunpowder!

  8. Mary says:

    Your photos are a balm – a reminder that these wild places are still here – still. Thank you for sharing them. They are poems. Oh that pink orchid – what I know as a pink lady slipper.

    • Thank you, Mary. Yes, these wild places still remain. The wild will be here long after us, but it’s up to everyone to care for the integrity of our wild places while they’re here in their uniqueness. Thanks, too, for your appreciation. Yeah the orchid, what I call the moccasin flower is also known as the pink lady slipper, another name that I find appealing.

  9. Bob Stanton says:

    Love the pics, Walt, especially the big brookie. I like the way they get dark around the eyes and mouth – you can tell that wild fish has been around a while.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful photos Walt! It is a wonderful time of year to be outside enjoying Spring

  11. loydtruss says:

    I envy all you guys who are very proficient with the camera, as for me I’m still a work in progress. Beautiful images—-what type camera were you using? Thanks for sharing

  12. Thanks Bill! Here the camera was a simple Olympus “Tough” that works well for water rambling folks like me who have a tendency to drop equipment. Camera is shock and water proof. A dandy.

  13. Les Kish says:

    Walt, back in the day, IPA’s were my favorite. Now I just sniff the cap. Have one for me today if you’re manning the barbecue. One of the few things that I miss about the East coast is/are wild azalea and rhododendron.

    • Les, I’m beginning to see how IPAs can be a little stuffy for quaffers but I still find them a go-to in most establishments geared for drinking. Those wild azaleas are really something. I wish they were more common around here than they are. Thanks, and have a great holiday.

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