Fall and Spring have a similar aesthetic… linearly reversed. I suspect this collaborative album by Portland Cello Project would work in either season, but it definitely feels like the soundtrack to a transition. And so it is for me. With winter waning, the first swollen buds appearing on the Indian Plums, the oxalis poking its new flush out of the detritus, and spring’s chorus of birds intermittently but enthusiastically welcoming the season, the rhythms of this album help warm the remaining frigid days in the cabin.
Month: February 2012
There were supposed to be two weekends of keeper Sturgeon. Last week was a mess of boats (too many boats), and we didn’t catch keepers any way. This weekend, based upon last weekend’s yields, was closed to keepers when originally it was supposed to be open as well. But we went out for catch and release — I prefer to fish for the plate, but having never fished for sturgeon, I was more than satisfied with the calm waters, occasional snow flakes, and angling practice. Not to mention witnessing the pressure on these fish from the one weekend in which they were allowed to be kept. They could use a break…there were apparently 1100 boats on the Willamette between Oregon City and Portland, which is just over 10 miles of river length.
On this day, we traveled almost all of those river miles, anchoring just outside of downtown Portland. We saw three boats the entire time, if you don’t count the rowing crews and kayaks. A friend of mine who lives in a house boat on the Willamette texted back and forth throughout the morning, witnessing our successes and misses. A truly beautiful day on the river, with more rainbows in a morning than I have seen in a week. The three of us caught 7 sturgeon among us, mostly “little” ones, between 25 and 35″. Since these ancient fish can grow to 20 feet or more and live over 100 years, I could only imagine what the floor of the Willamette and Columbia rivers look like with these massive fish feeding along them.
I have always wanted to visit the United States’ largest national forest, the Tongass. Covering most of Southeast Alaska, the Tongass has long been the subject of a bitter feud between conservation groups and timber interests, with some of the most beautiful fjords, glaciers, rivers and old-growth forests on the continent. The Tongass is also home to a prodigious array of wildlife, including salmon, grizzly and black bears, eagles, beaver, moose, seals, whales, and wolves, among others.
Photographer Julie Denesha has embarked on a project to document the Tongass and the Forest Rangers who work there. I highly recommend checking out her project, Guardians of the Tongass. Here are some samples…