Although much of 2021 was spent toning up Greenwood’s “Owl Farm,” we were able to refresh our views at year’s end with a visit to Brent and Catherine’s new house in metro-Pittsburgh. Son and daughter-in-law were excellent hosts as country dwellers and urban folk alike enjoyed celebratory hours and received some eye-opening views of the rejuvenated city. One of the highlights was an afternoon spent at the impressive Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History where daughter Alyssa and my wife and I (along with our hosts) enjoyed a river-bottom ramble through time. Yes, our beloved Allegheny River joins the Monongahela to form the mighty Ohio River just outside these hallowed corridors. For the purpose of this short narrative, I have chosen a handful of museum pics to brighten the display of 22 images.
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!