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28 Oct

Venue Change for 2014

Monday sunrise.

Monday sunrise.

DAY 162, Monday, October 28, DEER PARK — 28 degrees and ice on the storage bins this morning. Sprinkling of snow in Newberry. Big news when I got back this morning. We may very will be in Baragastan in 2014, May through October. Specifics when we know for sure. I took time coming back from a haircut this morning to admire the tamaracks (Tammies) and some of the things I love  about the U.P. Photos follow. Oh, yesterday we had a very good day finding agates. Too much surf today. Over.

One mile from da place, for the past five years.

One mile from da place, for the past five years.

This stone is bright red, not rust color. Lighting was bad for photos.

This stone is bright red, not rust color. Lighting was bad for photos.

Howzah!

Howzah!

One for the jar.

One for the jar.

A portion of yesterday's agate finds

A portion of yesterday’s agate finds

Tammy Gold

Tammy Gold

The time of tamarack glory

The time of tamarack glory

Dem bells, dem  bells, dem dead-as-doonail birch tree bells.

Dem bells, dem bells, dem dead-as-doonail birch tree bells.

Pileated Pecker Poketree.

Pileated Pecker Poketree.

This great organization walks the talk -- for all of us.

This great organization walks the talk — for all of us.

Coming soon.

Coming soon.

Decisions.

Decisions.

 

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Even fungus finds fall colors.

 

26 Oct

Little By Little, We Have Less and Less

Five wakeups remain until we sortie south. The neighborhood beaver visited today and more stories accumulate for the collection EXTEME GROUND. “The Gulf of Goth.” / “Heads, Tails, and Other Vague Body Parts.” / “Felony Forest.” This is fun. Truck loading begins Monday after a haircut.  Shakspere spent several hours hunting red squirrels by the lake, it was a draw (a victory from their viewpoint?). Over.

Maybe I can see better from THIS side.

Maybe I can see better from THIS side.

Patience I a virtue.

Patience I a virtue.

Mumbling to yourself is part of hunting.

Mumbling to yourself is part of hunting.

Deep breath, eyes HUP!

Deep breath, eyes HUP!

Da neighbeave.

Da neighbeave.

Yooper traffic signage.

Yooper traffic signage.

25 Oct

Little By Little and Less And Less

Friday, October 25, DAY 159, DEER PARK –Happy Birthday to son Troy. Snowing this morning. No idea if it will stick, but the stories are continuing and three more in the bank, Like Hymens and Soap Bubbles, Balloons Can Pop With Unpredictable Results; Fishing For Glory; and, this morning  I wrote, Even the Queen Mother. And I have titles for  7 more, which may or may not work out. Won’t know until they come out of my head. Lonnie heads for a hair appointment in NOOBS today and Shaksper and I get to hold down the fort. Expecting NW gusts to 45 mph today, so lake vizzie  is out. Yesterday the winds were too  severe and we drove several miles out Coastguard Road and found  several agates, on the road, right in the middle hump . Weird. The stones are everywhere in this area once you accustom your eye to the patterns. Over.

Teensy agate

Teensy agate

23 Oct

Writing in the Time of Snow

Nothing focuses the mind like winter and staying warm. Snow hit here today in earnest and I am in a writing frenzy, knowing I have to call it off in a week or so before we head south and that I won’t be able to really pick it up again until December because of DNR work all through November. This has been a productive summer of writing.  The second Bapat story is drafted, MOUNTAIN OF THE MISBEGOTTEN. More than Twenty poems of varied subjects. And more recently a new set of short stories has begun for my next collection, which I am tentatively calling  EXTREME GROUND, STORIES FROM THE DISTAFF STAR. All stories focus on women in difficult situations and circumstances. Fun to write so far, and no doubt this has been brewing for a long time because I sat down a week ago and wrote the first story and have written nine more since, 86 handwritten pages. I hesitate to talk about how fast I write, but reality is what it is. This stuff brews for a long time and when I sit down finally to get it on paper, it just flows out. This, or course just starts the process. Editing and shaping will change a lot of substance, but it helps to have a preliminary form complete.  Some people struggle for weeks with a sentence. Normally I don’t have to and I’m glad I am the way I am.  I can’t speak for others: In this writing game process, there is no right or wrong, no magic formula, and the only test is, Do the words on paper work for the reader?  So I will continue writing until we leave, hoping to get at least 15 stories drafted, but it will be what it will be.  Meanwhile, we exercise the dog and us daily in the snow and await the wind abating and switching to the south so we can get in another agate hunt, or two.  Last three days have been a moderate NW howler.  Short Story titles so far: First Day of the Last Day of the World; Gravy; Working The Problem; The Roadrunner Should Make You Laugh; Static Line; Poachers in the Deli; Scenario; FTO; Midsummer’ Day; Tom-Mary-Robert-Frank.  Local color photos follow. Over.

At what point, narcissism?

At what point, narcissism?

Selfie #3

Selfie #3

Selfie #2

Selfie #2

Selfie #1

Selfie #1

 

Auteur dans la neige

Auteur dans la neige

Happy Woman

Happy Woman

Snowshrooms (Not for Thy Feet)

Snowshrooms (Not for Thy Feet)

Waiting for Shaksper

Waiting for Shaksper

What a Difference Two Days Maketh

What a Difference Two Days Maketh

Midday Squalls on Seven Mile Fire Road

Midday Squalls on Seven Mile Fire Road

First Light, Second Look

First Light, Second Look

First Light, First View

First Light, First View

Ere First Light

Ere First Light

22 Oct

Sunrise/Sunset Kaleidoscope

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Glowsky splendor.

Glowsky splendor.

This morning's sunrise.

This morning’s sunrise.

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Morning in Full Glory

Morning in Full Glory

The sun comes up.

The sun comes up.

Sunday sunrise.

Sunday sunrise.

22 Oct

Another Day in The Woods

Nature's paintbrush.

Nature’s paintbrush.

DAY  156– DEER PARK, Mi. Morning opened with snow on the deck. Waves in Lake Superior for dog to run the beach, so we headed east on Seven Mile Fire Lane to look around and let him galavant, which he did with great gusto. More shrooms, a bit more color, and so forth. Photos next. Over.

Snow squalls over Muskallonge Lake

Snow squalls over Muskallonge Lake

Same tree, from beach level, 3-40 feet lower than previous shot.

Same tree, from beach level, 3-40 feet lower than previous shot.

Midday on the Big Lake. Note leaning pine upper left of photo.

Midday on the Big Lake. Note leaning pine upper left of photo.

Birch tumors.

Birch tumors.

 

Ground twins.

Ground twins.

Hanging on.

Hanging on.

Nature's maskirovka.

Nature’s maskirovka.

Reindeer lichen and some kind of moss living in symbiotic sinfulness.

Reindeer lichen and some kind of moss living in symbiotic sinfulness.

It takes only a little bit of color to bring things alive.

It takes only a little bit of color to bring things alive.

I'm thinking this will stimulate a painting this winter. Something large 3 x 5 ft and bright colored.

I’m thinking this will stimulate a painting this winter. Something large 3 x 5 ft and bright colored.

East on Seven Mile, between CR 407 and CR 410. If you stay on this all the way to it's end it will put you right on the Two Hearted River.

East on Seven Mile, between CR 407 and CR 410. If you stay on this all the way to it’s end it will put you right on the Two Hearted River.

Splash!

Splash!

0600 on the deck.

0600 on the deck.

21 Oct

A Day of Oddities

DAY 155: Monday, October 21, 2013, DEER PARK– This day was on the weird side. We headed for town to get flu shots and about 10 miles south of here, between Pine Stump and Wolf Inn we passed what looked like they might be wolves, on a two track, close to CR 407, so I did a flip-flop and we went back and got pix. Realized once we got pix on cameras they’re probably dogs, most likely sled dogs, but they could be bear hounds, I suppose. Both have collars, but we see no telemetry wires or antennae. We saw these animals around 10 a.m. heading east on Sleeper Lake Road (more name than road). Later we checked for tracks and I found tracks more like dogs, and fresh, and only two wolf tracks, but they were old and judged solely on size. Also found what appear to be old moose tracks. Former CO and pal Dave Van’t Hof thinks they look like caribous, but that would be truly odd. Way back in the 20s there was a heard of caribou up in this area, but they died out. Transplants, not survivors over time. And this weekend pal Zael Lutz of Trout Lake put up info on elk being seen around Trout Lake this summer and fall. Wow!

After flu shots, lunch at Pickelman’s Pantry, and other errands, we came back north and took Shaksper for his run over on Seven Mile Fire Lane. 35 mph NW winds made it way too “messy” for a beach perambulation. While he ran, I discovered oodles of strange fall mushrooms, which make for some neat photos. We still have some nice color up her on Lake Superior and I will post  photos from the whole day here, but may have to break them into two batches.  Days here are endlessly interesting the woods filled with all kinds of stuff to see and explore, but you have to get on the dirt and off the hardtop. Oh and we saws our tenth bear of the season, on CR 407 south of Halfway Lake and the houndsmen were right on top of it.  We’ll be out of here in ten days. Hard to believe. Over.

Okay, we're outta here!

Okay, we’re outta here!

Are we never going to have privacy?

Are we never going to have privacy?

Hey dudes, Wassup?

Hey dudes, Wassup?

Moose track..

Moose track..

Sleeper Lake Road. The dogs carefully went around the "road pond" in the picture..

Sleeper Lake Road. The dogs carefully went around the “road pond” in the picture..

Sleeper Lake terrain, where we saw the dogs.

Sleeper Lake terrain, where we saw the dogs.

Mooned by Shrooms?

Mooned by Shrooms?

Possible "stumpers"

Possible “stumpers”

Spores on top

Spores on top

Unt more.

Unt more.

The top of this looks like a Brenda Stinson muffin!

The top of this looks like a Brenda Stinson muffin!

Yet more.

Yet more.

And more shrooms, upon shrooms.

And more shrooms, upon shrooms.

And shrooms.

And shrooms.

Autumn shrooms

Autumn shrooms

See Satchell Paige for caption.

See Satchell Paige for caption.

Two-track running north off Seven Mile Fire Lane.

Two-track running north off Seven Mile Fire Lane.

Color is still good just east of Musky State Park:. Lake Superior is short distance to the right (north) through the trees you see.

Color is still good just east of Musky State Park:. Lake Superior is short distance to the right (north) through the trees you see.

Color still nice at our place.

Color still nice at our place.

 

 

20 Oct

Giants

Jay and Donna,Our Georgia friends ( interned in Kalamazoo until the end of the Civil war) found this giant puffball near Donna’s studio and did not know it was edible. They are kayakers. I guess giant puffies don’t grow in Kayaks, if you wash them out. How sad. if they grew on plastic in Kayaks your victuals could travel with you en plein air.

GIant Puffball from Asylum Lake Neighborhood.

GIant Puffball from Asylum Lake Neighborhood.

20 Oct

Boneyard

Bullhead skull from this summer, for our collection.

New specimen, just out of the pickling barrel.

New specimen, just out of the pickling barrel.

20 Oct

DAY 154

27 degrees, the sky is clear,  sun coming up, moon going down,   both simultaneously and at the same time. Over

The moon goes down.

The moon goes down.

 

The sun comes up.

The sun comes up.

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