Take a Hike

It had been longer than necessary, and hopefully will not be too long before the next one. A walk through the fields, into the woods and across a creek are good for the body, heart & soul. This trail is about a ten minute drive from the house and many more miles away from it all.

Winter hikes for me are rare without reason. The choices include snowshoes or hope for a decent boot track. The coin toss chose hope for a decent boot track. And it was good enough. The snow was much less than knee deep, so there was no post-holing.

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Almost Iconic

Great picture, but should have been better. The camera was left in the aperture mode while I experimented in depth of field while doing landscape shots.

The results were pleasant, met expectations by focusing on the near subject while blurring the background.

But when it came to bird in flight pictures, nothing was really in focus. What should have been done was to assess the scene for possibilities and set the camera to shutter priority and set the speed to 1,000 or so.

Lessons learned for another day.

Left Turn Clyde

Clyde was Clint Eastwood’s pet orangutan in the movie “Every Which Way You Can”. I should watch it again. When Clint would say Left/Right Turn Clyde, Clyde would unexpectedly punch whoever was standing there annoying Clint. We all need a Clyde in our life every now, then and again.

2018 will be a left turn year. Every year is different. Some years are like other years. And I avoid left turns as much as possible. Left turns must be made with deliberate caution so as to avoid getting clobbered by oncoming traffic.

At the beginning and end of every day, it is up to individual to take and make each day as best as probable. I don’t know what else to say/type/write right now.


Just Drive

We The People are actually pretty quiet on the vehicle horns.  Extraordinary polite patience is evident in most places and cases.  There are times when a blast on the horn is needed and necessary.  img_4944-2

One traditional use is the blast of the ship’s horn in either foggy conditions or as a last call to board before departure.  Trains are required to vigorously sound the horn at both guarded, under-guarded and unguarded crosses.

Perhaps my perspective is either pessimistic,  naive, or influenced by the pleasant essence that is Maine.  Even periods of traffic congestion are pleasantly silence.

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To What Purpose

There is always more than one way up, down & through. Fast, slow, steady, easy or strenuous. How much time will it take to get there is always dependent upon the challenge and personal endurance.

This is Mount Washington in New Hampshire. It can be hiked, you can ride a train or you can drive a vehicle. Each way has unique merits. The quickest way is to drive. The easiest is the train. The most meaningful is the hike. Life is a hike.

On a good day, the mountain can be seen from afar. On other days, it can’t be seen at all, even when you are standing on it. Do you see the life you are living?


Here Come The Holiday Catalogues

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I’ve been saying this years, time to post a log of the holiday season catalogues. All those cool titles from cool places that exist solely to entice you to spend money on neat things that you may or may need or want, but just have to have.

DISCLAIMER: Posting of the catalogues is not an expressed or implied endorsement. Also, the Maine Forest Cafe has not and will not accept any direct or indirect compensation. This is just for some Wicked Good Fun!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – 4X

The Noble Collection: Gifts and Treasures for the Season

Plow & Hearth: Make the Season Brighter

Bits and Pieces: The Source for Intriguing Gifts, Clever Products, And Much More

Levenger: Gifts for Him Gifts for Her

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – 1X

L.L Bean: Be an Outsider. The legacy & tradition continues.