Sunday, November 12, 2017


Over the last few weeks, there have been reports of moose wandering our neighborhood. Each morning when Linda goes out to run I say something like "Be careful out there and don't go chasing the moose!"

This morning Linda came running back into the house and said "MOOSE!"

Now, for my birthday Linda gave me a new camera. This camera was a replacement for the one I dipped in the ocean when I was sailing with John Karpenko down in Mexico. The last few weeks I have been studying the camera, reading how to be a better photographer, and working to learn what this new technology can do.

Every day I go online and read articles from well-known photographers. These articles explain principals that I need to follow to create the best photos possible.

When Linda yelled "MOOSE!", everything I have been reading left my mind as I grabbed my camera and ran out the door.

First I used the wrong setting on the camera. Actually, it was the right setting. I just used it all wrong. After I changed settings to the one I was more comfortable with, AUTO, I was ready to shoot photos, but the moose was through posing and decided to move off. At this point, I got a couple good close up shots and then a vehicle drove by spooking my model.  Oh, the perils of the amateur photographer.

I walked back into the house grabbed my coffee and looked at the pictures I did get.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Date Night

Getting my pre-concert cowboy on!
Man, what a show! Garth Brooks really lives up to his CMA Entertainer of the Year status. I was impressed with his vocal talent. His guitar playing was amazing!

Normally, every night is date night with Linda, but this was a special night because of the friends we were with. Holly and Ryan Edwards arranged for the tickets and then Rayelle and Mike Anderson joined us for this party. We also met a really nice couple, Tim and Laura, who are friends with Holly and Ryan.

Everyone met at Timbers Gastro Pub in Post Falls where we had a great meal.  Then it was off to the concert.

All went smoothly in Spokane. We haven't been to a concert for so long that we really didn't know what to expect. The news and Facebook had been warning everyone to be prepared to stand outside in lines for a couple hours to get into the Coliseum, but we walked up, went through the search line and were at our seats in about ten minutes. We took photos and went to the beer lines for refreshments.

The opening acts were good, especially a young new artist named Mitch Rossell, but of course, everyone wanted Garth. When the show started the whole place erupted! The crowd was so loud that your ears hurt. From the moment Mr. Brooks entered the stage area he was moving and egging on the crowd. He played all his old stuff and only played one song from his new CD. His thing was "give em what they came for, the old ones!"

Halfway through the show, his wife, Trisha Yearwood came on stage and they sang a love song together and then a few on her own. I have never followed her, but I recognized most of the songs she sang. It was laid back and fun.

View from our seats.
My only negative observation was that the sound system didn't do his voice justice when he was singing the louder songs. When he took it down a bit and during the encore, he sounded amazing.

The Encore! Wow, Linda and I agreed that this was our favorite part of the show.  He came out and sang with no one else for about 30 minutes. Everything was just his guitar and his voice, and he was great! The wait was worth it!
Mike, Rayelle, Linda and I.
Holly, Laura, Tim and Ryan.
Opening warm-up performer Mitch Rossell.
Second warm-up act.

Trisha Yearwood and Garth.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Plumb Evaded Me

The last two days I have been fishing in two very different environments. Tuesday, I went out on Pend Oreille Lake, launching out of Farragut State Park, to try to catch that lake's Kamloop Rainbow Trout (Gerrard-strain of rainbow trout).  I went out with Darren Upchurch on his boat and we attempted to fish Frisky Jenny flies, Apex lures, and Rapalas on planer boards.  We used Sidewinders and another brand of small planer boards and I guess they worked relatively well. The lake was in good shape but we only managed to catch one cutthroat trout, which we released. It was fun to try and fish this method of fishing, wish we could have hooked up on a Kam!
Steelheading with Steve.

Early the next day I loaded up with my neighbor Steve Nelson and we drove down to the Clearwater and fished planer boards off the bank for Steelhead. The day was crisp and cloudy, I would call it almost perfect for fishing. For the second day of fishing, I was skunked. That puts my steelhead fishing record at four days without a fish, kind of dismal. It was a fun trip and we were back in Post Falls by 6:00 PM.  I just might have to focus on catching something that I can be more successful with. Do you know if there are any of those Silver Carp that jump into your boat around the north Idaho area?

Clearwater Caddis.