Simian Circles The adventure begins when the unplanned starts en-us Mon, 08 Jul 2019 23:31:07 GMT The Kilmer connection He watched carefully as the patrol moved. The G98 was raised slowly and the sniper picked his target. A soldier slightly off to one side. The shooter adjusted the sight and as the man slowed down a little, pulled the trigger. It was the First World War, a man named Joyce Kilmer received that bullet and died. He was a poet and one of his poems fits into the category of over used, or does it? Fri, 05 Jul 2019 09:38:14 GMT Tiptoe through the process The normal things of life: like taking a shower, eating breakfast and catching a plane are those aspects of getting around which we are all used to. It was during one of those type of events that I had a slight distraction take place which has set me back a little. Sat, 15 Jun 2019 12:49:46 GMT The valley search As I entered the wooded section, my eyes were greeted by a carpet of bluebells. Nearly everywhere I looked and walked within the wood, they were covering the ground. It was the Friday before Easter and those flowers are not normally there until around mid May. Spring was in full flow and a nice warm weekend on the cards. I had set out to go a hunting. Not for wildlife, but for a special place I stumbled across some years ago. To search for the nice little valley where it was silent apart from some birdsong and way off any main trail. Sat, 01 Jun 2019 07:16:36 GMT Decisions, decisions I guess there comes that time when I have to make up my mind about something which needs to be done. The past couple of years deciding whether or not to jettison my bridge camera has been on and off. The yoyo effect surfaces every now and then. The main reason is how much I carry in my main backpack. Not that I mind carrying it between locations, I don't. Time is always taken to stop, remove it and give my back a rest. Now, the whole scenario has surfaced again, with a vengeance. Fri, 17 May 2019 08:34:30 GMT Daisytime Spring I could smell the new growth while walking along the narrow path. Underfoot was dry, but there had been a slight rainfall during the night, maybe that's why the fresh aroma was present. Usually the air is moving, either very slightly or a fully blown gale and all one can smell is the mixture of everything all mixed together in that undefinable stench present in most cities. So being able to appreciate the smell of the earth and plants was a welcome Springtime relief. Wed, 08 May 2019 13:19:06 GMT Curves I normally disembark at a stop near the nature reserve I walk in, then do a short walk along the trackside to an entrance where I begin my exercise. There is another way in about a half mile or so down the line, but normally little attention is paid to it. One day I decided to go out that way and stopped to look at the tracks. It was a hazy day and the light reflecting from the top of the rails caught my eye. Wed, 01 May 2019 19:29:23 GMT I want expanse While walking off trail has its advantages, the photographing of the trek tends to be the same. No track, all ground cover and thick foliage. Thinking about this, I thought it would be nice to go off the beaten path where there was some expanse to the landscape. Tue, 10 Apr 2019 21:31:49 GMT Using a tablet on the road If you noticed, my using a tablet for blog posts has been a love-hate affair for some time. Imagery is slow process but I get fairly decent results. Text is a different story. First of all, I'm used to touch typing. This is something I learned in high school (I was the only male in the class) and have not regretted it at all. Fri, 12 Mar 2019 23:02:55 GMT Cutting it down and fixing it up In an earlier post I mentioned the new pack I'd bought to use for my Israel trip and other shorter journeys. It's a 20 Litre Gonex, weighs 6.5 ounces, is well made and in a downpour one day, everything stayed dry inside. Greg asked if I'd do a write up about the total weight and how I did that. So here it is. Thu, 28 Feb 2019 16:03:23 GMT Wrong side of the tracks Winter is not always the best time to go on a trek. Foul weather blues have been in abundance and once it was like dusk all day long. The temperature was hovering just above freezing with rain and wind, meaning a very cold walk. It was a good test of my new waterproof trousers, which did their job well. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:39:56 GMT Once upon a time in the Negev Even though it's winter, the sun is higher in the sky than I'm used to. In a way that's a good thing because my eyes were spared the near horizon glare of our star. Stepping off the road onto the sand produced a sound I haven't heard since leaving Southern California many years ago. The familiar crunch brought memories back to my mind as I proceeded into Israel's Negev Desert. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:08:12 GMT Practice doesn't always make perfect Sometimes you just have to work things out. It has been a while since I used dev.Macgyver Photo Editor on my tablet to do images and things have become a bit rusty. So for a number of treks I used my smartphone as a camera and did some practicing. Thu, 10 Jan 2019 18:38:08 GMT A waning with leaves Bright sunshine was reflecting from various locations as I looked out the window. It was mid morning and the thermometer on the balcony read 5 degrees Celsius. Packing a small bottle of water and my little camera, I made my way to the station. It's time to get out after all the hassle of the spinal problem and put some miles behind me. Thu, 29 Nov 2018 21:35:29 GMT Those two poles Several years back, when I first went through IrunĂ¡, the one thing I noticed were a lot of the Peregrinos (pilgrims), strutting along in posing mode with two hiking poles. They made a terrific noise and looked a bit like penquins marching toward the sea. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:00:40 GMT Sort of flood control There are times when you wish that it would be different. Traveling between towns or arriving and finding that an event has taken place that you didn't know about. You had planned something and were looking forward to it, then the Burns effect happened. Thu, 01 Nov 2018 13:47:06 GMT