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Monthly Archives: August 2010

31 Aug

Anyone who does a lot of fishing will, sooner or later, want to get a pic of that “big one” or that “special one” and, if you are a die-hard catch-and-release fisherperson as I am, you’ll want to get that pic before you release the fish and also do it in such a way that you can release the fish without harm. I’ve never been of fan of fish shots that show a fish dangling high in the air from a rod or from someone’s outstretched arm. That kind of pic may be better for bragging rights, but a fish…

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30 Aug

Bill and I purchased some used fly fishing gear, over the weekend, that satisfied my lust for quality fly rods and reels by having labels such as Abel, Orvis and Scott. The new purchases make a great addition to the gear I already have, so look out, northern Wisconsin trout, bass and panfish, here we come! Next stop is the store to buy new waders, vests and some fly tying materials and … okay, flyfishing is seldom cheap, but, oh, what a way to go poor! Let me die with a fly rod in my hand (or maybe binoculars) on…

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27 Aug

It’s time.

I’ve been putting off buying more telescope accessories until we have relocated, permanently, to our new place in northern Wisconsin, where the skies are dark and free of light pollution. I just found it hard to justify the expense while living in Milwaukee, where skies are not so dark. Now that we are about to make the final move, though, I have taken a hard look at more telescope eyepieces and, possibly, a new finder scope for my small APO refractor.

Part of the challenge will be to convince my husband, Bill, to spend the money on more …

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26 Aug

Temperature was down to 40 degrees, last night, up at our Rhinelander, Wisconsin home. That’s pretty cool, considering it’s still August, but I have seen it colder in August in the north country. Regardless, the cool nights are just a reminder that fall is just around the corner and it’s time to make some adjustments.

The fall season in the north country is a great time of year. For many folks in northern Wisconsin, fall means some great fishing for muskies or time to work the dogs in the alders and poplars for grouse. I’m not in a position to…

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25 Aug

A New York Times article I read, this morning, suggests that a constant and steady barrage of self-inflicted digital input from cell phones, iPods and a wide variety of portable internet capable can lead to brain fatigue, so we need to take a break, now and then, and escape to a digital free environment. This is not exactly earth-shattering information and it is unlikely to alter anyone’s digital habit, but it does has a ring of truth, based on my recent experiences.

We have been involved in relocating to our new home, up in the north woods of Wisconsin, all…

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24 Aug

There is nothing like setting up a birding spotting scope on a tripod at a large lake or reservoir and watching ducks, geese and wading birds at sometimes incredible distances. In my spotting scopes I have, in fact, identified some waterfowl at nearly a mile distance under ideal conditions and all from the comfort of a lawn chair with a good view of the lake. I’ve done this for more years than I care to admit, but just about anyone can do it and have a great way to spend a morning or afternoon in the bargain. I can just…

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24 Aug

A finder scope on a telescope is truly a blessing when it comes to using a telescope, assuming, of course, that it has been properly adjusted and also assuming that it is a correct match, both for the type of telescope you are using and the type of observing you want to do. Otherwise, that finderscope can be one of those telescope accessories you curse rather than praise.

Red dot finderscopes for telescopes are both cheap and easy to use. They are best for a quick point at brighter objects, such as planets and bight stars. I’ve used them happily…

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20 Aug

Bill backed a rental truck darn near as long as our driveway, up to the garage, this morning, as we prepared to load it with our furniture. I chided him a bit on getting too large a truck, but he assured me that, if anything, it might be too small for all the stuff we have in our house. That rocked me a bit. How could a gal who arrived in Chicago back in 2004 with everything she owned stuffed in a 1995 Geo Prism now find herself loading a 28 foot rental truck with furniture and maybe still not …

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19 Aug

Lately, I’ve had this urge to disappear into the wilderness with my binoculars or my digital cameras or my spotting scope and just sit, quietly, for an entire day and if I never saw a single bird with the birding binoculars or the spotting scope and never raised the camera to take a single pic, it would be fine by me.

I’ve done this very thing, in fact, though the years have taken their toll and I’m not able to explore the wilderness the way I once did. Not to worry, though; I’ve always see plenty of birds and taken …

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18 Aug

We’re probably about a month and some weeks from fall color season, up north, but I’m getting really pumped about it, right now, for a couple reasons. First, the north woods are heavenly in the fall for color and, second, friends and I also combine a walk through the fall woods with a tour of waterfalls along the shores of Lake Superior. Our north country “waterfall” trip is a photographer’s delight, of course, but it has also rewarded me with some excellent birding, so I carry not only digital cameras, but also binoculars, though the binoculars tend to be compact …

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