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Get Out And Smell The Roses…
(Unfiltered photo by Trey Hickman on Liberty Island Rd in rural Dixon)
You know, today being Good Friday and all, I started thinking about the good things we have in our lives. As your vision fades as you age you need to have gotten out and around more to have visual memories (or iPhone photos lol) to look back on.
I’m fortunate to have seen many hundreds of marvelous sunrises and sunsets around the world during the last 50 years or so… thanks a little to travel, but mostly to being an outdoorsman, i.e. hunter and fisherman. I’ve seen the heavenly artic (Aurora Borealis) northern lights from the tundra, seen wild herds of caribou, majestic moose, monster bull elk, bison, alligators and crocks and every species of North American deer. Then top it all off with magical jungle sunsets in South America, the bright green sunrises from New Zeeland and sunsets in the Australian Bays.
(Same photo scene as above, unfiltered, 10 minutes earlier)
I’ve been so fortunate to have observed elk calves romp wild in a filed at first light, baby ducks and geese out for their early morning swim with mom, the first clumsy steps of a new born fawn and newly hatched turkey chicks scamper after a hen so as not to be left behind.
(Photos I took at sunrise and sunset on our Dixon duck pond)
In our area alone between duck ponds and mountain trips we’ve seen many things very few have seen. As a bow hunter that takes to the woods in camo with stealth, I’ve had, while seated at the base of a tree, quail walk across my boots and a squirrel on the top of my hat as it climbed down a tree… and deer walk by within touching distance. From a bluff above we watched a big black bear lay on its back and eat berries (as son Trey was unknowingly was walking up on it) about an hour from here behind Lake Berryessa. We had a California mountain lion snarl above us that sent chills down our spines and saw grizzly tracks returning to camp in Canada right behind our outgoing tracks in the fresh snow… The stories go on and on. I’ve had a snake slither by within inches and witnessed a baby duck devoured by a fish on a mountain lake… and saw snakes curl around Linda’s foot on a couple of occasions; don’t know why they just seem to like her… and the one thing almost all of these things have in common? Quite nature at work doing what it does and I/we have had the privilege of being a spectator to many marvelous things.
(Another sunrise photo Trey took on the west side of the Sutter Buttes while hunting)
Sunrises and sunsets… quiet, peaceful, natural settings… being a witness to real life and death and the comedy that takes place out there once you leave your home and get out in it. If you haven’t made the effort, you ought to try it… really. A camera (or cell phone) works as well as a bow or gun to experience what most see only on television… and you know what… The vast majority of these things are only a short drive from here.
(I took this one at the Hastings Island cross over bridge)
If it sounds like I’m telling you to get off your butt and off the couch and go outside, and make the kids leave the video games at home, that’s exactly what I’m saying. I know everyone has looked at sunrise/sunsets one way or the other but they are varied and there is a big difference between looking and seeing.
WHY MEN ARE NEVER DEPRESSED:
Continued from last week..
BATHROOMS… A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel. The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items. ARGUMENTS… A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
FUTURE… A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife. MARRIAGE…A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t. A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does. DRESSING UP… A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail. A man will dress up for weddings and funerals. NATURAL… Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed. Women somehow deteriorate during the night. OFFSPRING… Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY… A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!