May 14, 2016

A Yellowstone Cutthroat Lost In Tuscany Italy

Luca Baccellini was fishing in Tuscany today near Florence Italy .
He was targeting barbel and caught this very large one.
What he caught next nearly blew his mind.  He caught a Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout.

Take A Walk With Me

The earth has thawed and the first greenery is pushing through the browns on the forest floor reaching to the sun to throw off winter's snowy shackles.

Scarlet Elf Cups are popping out from the damp roots of long dormant tree roots.

The rain is a little cold but it doesn't matter.  At least it isn't snow!

Virginia Blue Bells and Wood Anemones carpet the floors of the hidden valleys and meadows.

Baby birds dream about their mother bringing them a long juicy night crawler.

A Fishing Spider prepares to dine on a question mark butterfly.

A Buck Fawn lays perfectly still like mother nature taught it when an intruder has found it.

I admire a flower on stream that I don't know what is and later identify it as the most deadly wildflower in Wisconsin.  Night Shade.

I slowly walk and breath in one of my favorite streams in the heart of Wisconsin's Driftless Area.

Blossoms of all kinds are exploding and delighting your senses.

The view in my rear view mirror on the way home.

May 13, 2016

Healthy Eating

Vegetable and Chicken Soup

Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Carrot Sticks, Chopped Spinach, Baby Brussel Sprouts, Celery, Parsley, White Large Onion

All in pot half full with chicken broth and salt and pepper and 2 heaping teaspoons of minced garlic with mushrooms and slow cooking on the stove.

The chicken is baking in the oven and will be added later after bones removed.

Monday was one month on a diet and I am down 16 pounds.

May 11, 2016

It Is Time

 I am a big trout nut.

Big trout live off the beaten path.

The last couple years I have been having problems with my knees when the weeds get up and I can't see where I am stepping.  It makes for an unpleasant feeling when I fish. My left knee needed replacing from an old work injury and decades of stream pounding.

I found a hole last fall and an old barb wire fence in the same outing and that resulted in my good knee needing surgery and a suture in my thigh. I was alone and entangled in a fence with a gash in my shin and my other thigh throbbing and a knee swelling up as I lay there.  That knee never really came back to 100 percent. My back fusion is always in the back of my mind also.

I went out earlier this week and the weeds were up just enough to make my outing unpleasant again.  I was hesitant to step and only stepped in bare places I could see that was not a hole.

This actually backfired on me and I ended up in mud all the way up to my groin in this safe looking step.  I did not injure myself.  I had someone with me so that was not a problem but I did scare myself and place some serious doubt in my mind.

Maybe it is time to look for a different hobby while I can still walk.