Sunday, November 3, 2013

Seasonal Sights

Here are some shots from the Spring, Summer, and now.... Fall.

The drought is pervasive, fields of green turned to fields of gold long ago.  The past few months have brought on fields of brown, dirt, cowpies, dust, get yer kerchief.
Hopefully we will be blessed with some Winter soon, wet stuff, wet anything would be nice.

SPRING

 Castor canadensis evidence.
 Van loves water.  He loves cold water.  His favorite temperature is maybe 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
 They are sucking our freshwater milkshake in the Estrella basin.
 The SY not running, just barely existing as a liquid body.
 A very bright chromer, very angry, very strong.
Another visitor from the ocean.

SUMMER
 .....long on work, short on fishing...
 Exhibit A

 A river a midst redwoods and tan-oaks
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FALL
 Muy seco.
Early morning oak shadows on the golden glow blanket.

Deep canyons, less sun, more water..

Stream keeping cool

Fish hunting.

Cheers


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Chrome Search

Two storms in the last month of 2012 had some of our local drainages flowing nicely.  One watershed in particular did not appear to have the juice to lure in anadromous beasts until the last week of the year.  I went to see if it was enough.  The flows were beautiful, cold, fast, high and each bend in the streams I searched renewed my hope of finding a recent ocean immigrant.  There was snow on the peaks and high ridges surrounding me.  

Pools deep and long primarily stimulated my imagination.

The wading was not a cake walk.
Big and fast sinking.

The fish I found appeared to be simply large and healthy resident fish.








This tributary produced some nice trout, but no chromers.


The day was beautiful and I managed not to get dunked or catch a cold.  I will be back again after the next storm to continue the search.