A few weeks ago I was out at Pymatuning State Park kayak fishing and had an opportunity to watch this Prothonotary warbler for quite some time hopping branch to branch. It's not always easy photographing steady when on the water, but sometimes they are my favorite shots. Always a treat to see them alongside reservoirs here in Northeast Ohio!
I ended up catching 11 bluegills that were keeper size and threw back countless others. It was such a good day fishing and it's amazing how time will pass so quickly when out on the water in my kayak. I fished for close to 10 hours and had so much fun doing so. There is something so peaceful about fishing and being out on the water. Completely forgetting about everything else for hours!
It's so fun catching fish, but even more fun when you catch a fish that you weren't targeting. I was fishing for bluegills as the walleye bite wasn't that productive. I find it sometimes fun to just revert back to an ultralight rod and fish for bluegills like I did was when I was a kid around the local tributaries around home. I was casting around edges in the shallows and suddenly this 25" Northern Pike hit my homemade Artdoorsman spin fly lure and the fight was on!
It's been a week since I lost my Grandpa. I made this drawing for him. I'm thankful for knowing him all my life and sharing my artwork with him when I was creating it. He loved nature and enjoyed fishing. Whenever I caught fish I would make sure to show him and he would have a big smile on his face. I always enjoyed sharing the fish with him too. I completed this drawing him for today and plan on writing a poem with it and having it framed in his memory. I just wish so much I could show it to him now.
I set up my decoys in a field in the afternoon and did limited calling. Soon I heard the gobbles from afar and grabbed the camera and zoomed to see the Spring King strutting toward me. It was him full strut led by a jake. There were also two hens with him. It was interesting because that's the same amount and type of turkeys I had in my spread! The Gobbler had 1" spurs and a 10" beard. I can't wait to have a turkey dinner!
So this evening I headed out with my Dad to a local lake where we thought we would try our luck on some rainbow trout! At first the fishing was slow. We finally found them, and from that moment on it was on fire! We even threw some of the fish back! I look forward to catching more here in the kayak soon.
This is my first attempt at a 3D "in the round" fish carving. It is a rainbow trout and I'm really enjoying the process so far. I am debating on whether I want to paint it or do a wood burning with it right now. I'm looking forward to making more of these if all goes well!
I stumbled upon a clump of some turkey feathers this week while in the woods. I'm not sure what the story behind the feathers is. I imagined a fox swiping at a turkey and just barely missing, because there wasn't any other remnants anywhere else. Another possibility is they were shed by the turkeys mating?! Regardless I'll be using these to tie some fishing fly lures!
I really didn't feel like running today. Yesterday I climbed up a maple tree that had tree steps in it going to an old tree stand of mine. I decided to remove it at a later time when I had the proper tools. I started to make my way back down and at 12 ft. I mistakenly grabbed onto what I thought was a live limb and suddenly found my body hovering backwards like a slow motion moment where you realize "oops this wasn't a good idea" and suddenly reality snaps back when your back and neck land full force on the forest floor. My knee somehow had some shocking pain in it too. The first thing I thought getting back up was did I break anything?! I was good to go and walked it off. I'm thankful nothing worse happened. That's a lot like how distance running is. You make an effort to reach a distance or time and adversity knocks you back down on your ass. Get back up and keep running.