The Mad Fishicist

A fly rodding, sheep stalking, moose calling, guitar trying, bird watching, fly tying, Katie loving stay-at-home-dad.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

The Fishicist New Year

"See how Spring opens with disabling cold..."
-Gerard Manley Hopkins, See How Spring Opens

She's the first of many migrants to return. Won't be long until the geese, pintails, widgeons, herons, sandhills, hummingbirds, canvasbacks, sparrows, scaups, eiders, warblers, redheads, spoonbills, robins, thrushes, and kingfishers follow. After these come the fish: kings first, then the reds, rainbows, pinks, chums, dollies, and silvers. After the fish come the orcas, harbor seals, sea lions, Dall's porpoises, fishermen, and cannery workers.

But she's the first. Her landing inaugurates the new year.

Her landing is what I've been waiting for.

5 Comments:

Blogger opax said...

An excerpt from Swan Song in Spring by Steven Curtis Lance:

To feel the sunshine on our faces
Feel the warmth within our skin
To feel alive all times and places
Feel the warmth of love begin

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 4:48:00 AM  
Blogger auntibeck said...

Beautiful Opax and TMF! The photos are spectacular!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 5:14:00 AM  
Blogger realityjunkie said...

Those are really great pictures.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 8:02:00 AM  
Blogger Belle Etoile said...

If you guys could have only seen what the swan looked like when Isaac spotted it. It had its head tucked under its body so that it looked like a lump of snow in a field of snow. He sure does have an eye for nature.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 8:41:00 AM  
Blogger coolskool mom said...

Wow! sounds so exciting...it is about 80 degrees here today, anyone for a swim?

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 1:09:00 PM  

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