Tag Archives: Winter Solstice

Old Woodenhead’s Appointment

Old Woodenhead is a carving of an image of yours truly made by artist David Castano, by request of a special woman I know. Old Woodenhead, the fly-fisher, replete with a fishing creel that I have never used, has appeared … Continue reading

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A Light in the Forest

Leaving behind the holiday parties and the jingly shopping marathons, I traveled to the Pennsylvania forest. The unusual December warmth and overcast sky contributed to a feeling of relief and abandon. En route I passed a bald eagle perching near … Continue reading

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“Astral Weeks” at Holiday

Many an evening in the early 1970s I would lie in bed late at night drifting into pleasant, edgy dreams while listening to Van Morrisons’s great album Astral Weeks on the stereo. All these years later, I can still give … Continue reading

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Old Woodenhead

[Old Woodenhead is a likeness of the author, given to him several years ago as a Christmas present from his wife. It was carved by the Coudersport (PA) folk artist, David Castano. O.W. has appeared previously on this blog at … Continue reading

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The Angler, Cast in Wood

“Walt Franklin on the Stream” is a wood carving that Leighanne gave me as a Christmas present several years ago. This example of “Pennsylvania folk art” was produced by David Castano, a full-time wood carver from Coudersport, PA. Castano’s approach … Continue reading

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Even the Eagle Says

Even the eagle says, “The fishing’s tough out there; the ice is on the water and the sun has gone away. It’s time to adapt, or fly. Venison isn’t bad. A frozen roadkill or a carcass with a bullet in … Continue reading

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Winter Dreams, With Fish

Of Nature Writing Nature writing, at its best, engages readers with the raw, unmodified earth, the wild planet found in such disparate locales as a city park or the ice plains of Antarctica. In  a day when people are increasingly … Continue reading

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Welcome Winter

Once again, the world ended, this time on the Winter Solstice. The modern interpreters of the Mayan Calendar were right. Here in western New York the world went to sleep at night under stormy sky then woke up to the … Continue reading

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December Rain

The long awaited rains were falling. I was on the upper river at noon, in time for the rain to finally get serious. I waited in the car for five minutes to see if it would ease a little or if … Continue reading

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