Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Autumn Grouse Encounter

 
Those trees, dark and firm, frame an accent of yellow and orange, calling my return.

Aspen flicker in a subtle breeze, beneath my boots, a slender ridge whispers through the trees.


The descent is gentle, and so I am lulled, into its vastness, the return punishing and judgmental.

When river flowers wilt and berries shrivel, the oven bird marches higher, passing in the middle.


Each step qualifies my years, lungs bursting, knees aching, my body is tormented yet my mind perseveres.

Slave to a fall-time passion for the earth, jewels of mottled blue lie in waiting to define my worth.


  A moment captured in scent from the hound, my senses tingle at the thought of what might be found.

An exploding rock takes flight just two steps down.  Look toward the heavens, framed in blue is a perfect bird greyish and brown.


17 comments:

  1. Beautiful country and pictures. I'm drooling over the thought of chasing Gambel's here in a few weeks. Thanks for sharing.

    Ben

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    1. I'm not sure I'll get too much quail hunting in this season but am hopeful that I'll be able to replace them with sharp tails and huns

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  2. You're a talented man... and I'm still waiting for you're "scouting for blue grouse" story!

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    1. Thank you Dennis. I have learned more about scouting for grouse this season through disappointment rather than success. But that too is a learning experience. I have been working on such an article that is still being researched. Thank you very much for stopping by.

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  3. I love the quakies Gary. Nice photos and nice thoughts.

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  4. Nice. Good looking Setter too. It's probably wondering "where are the ruffs and woodcock?"

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    1. That's Josh's beauty, and he's a dandy. I think he was thinking the same thing I was,"where's the damn oxygen up here!". I've about lost my mountain lungs. What a difference 1,500' makes.

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  5. Really nice photography. Give me a call this week. We have dates firmed up for SD.

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  6. Beautiful pictures Gary. Give me a call this week we have SD dates firmed up.

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    1. I'll have to call you later this week. Igotta make a hot shot run to Vernal tomorrow, followed by three days of birds and fishing. Shoot me an IM with the dates so I look at some planning.

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  7. Poetry, Sir Gary. Sheer poetry. Well writ.

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    1. Thanks man! Appreciate your checking in from time to time. Hope you're doing well.

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  8. Beautiful words and photos. Have a great fall!

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    1. Thanks Mia! You have a great fall too. I'm sad that I'm going to miss steelheading this fall, but I'll be getting even next year.....with interest! Great plans in the works. I hope it all works out.

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