Tag Archives: sense of place

Just Good Fishing

The cooling temperatures of late summer and early fall brings a spike in fish behavior and in human interest on the stream. Although I’m anchored to another academic year, I try to focus on the local streams and overgrown trails … Continue reading

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A Small Stream Fantasy

At last the upstate temperature had risen into the 50s, and snow-melt rushed down from the hills. In this topsy-turvy world of climate change, the New York weather might now be warmer (again) than the winds of Barrow, Alaska. Oh, … Continue reading

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Western Field Notes #1: South Platte River

I’m no expert on this Gold Medal river southwest of Denver. In fact, I just made my first visit to the South Platte in beautiful Colorado. My introduction to the famous trout stream below Cheesman Reservoir was made, in part, … Continue reading

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Walking the Runs

1. Around here we call them “runs”– the small streams tumbling down the wooded slopes to the river valleys (particularly on the Pennsylvania side of the rivertop region). Nearly all of them interest me, especially those whose habitats include the … Continue reading

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A Century Gone

The passenger pigeon was once the most abundant wild bird in North America and, perhaps, in all the world. It’s been said that more than a quarter of all the birds in North America in the 1800s were Ectopistes migratorius, … Continue reading

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The Final Word (A Recollection)

Every once in a while I’ll think about an incident that happened long ago when we first moved into Rivertop country. By choice, our new home was a place of relative isolation with a willful exclusion of major media sources. … Continue reading

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An Upland Gallery

the faint song of a bird– “ten thousand things”

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