Monday, September 26, 2011

The First Paddle

The First Paddle - When the first human, “Ug” entered the water he probably figured out that he could float on logs to sneak up on prey, catch fish or just have fun. The obvious next step was to propel and maneuver the log. "Ug" picked up a stick and used it as a way to propel and guide the log. The other members of the tribe must have been awed by this brilliance. The stick became the choice in which the tribe traveled the water ways. Unknowing to "Ug", this was a major breakthrough in watercraft propulsion.
Sometime later, "Ug" began to understand that the shape of the stick made a big difference in how well the log could be guided and propelled. At this moment the paddle was born. The paddle could be used to go up stream and into deeper water. Ug was a hero and life was better, much better except when "Ug" was up a creek without his paddle. Check-out my vintage style lake, river and bay maps.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Reel Singing in Nashville!

I think of Old Hickory Lake located near Nashville, as the music lake. Why, you may ask? Because Old Hickory has been known as a home for Country Music Star's. In fact, Johnny Cash's home was located on the lake until it burned a few years ago.
I hope to hear the music of my reel singing because of a big fat bass on my hook. Me and Buttermilk my fishing buddy, fished a small cove on Old Hickory lake Saturday.
The weather was perfect (66 degrees, partly cloudy and calm) which should make for a great day of fishing. Our plan was to paddle around the cove in our kayaks and catch a few Bass. We arrived at Rockland around 6:20 am. Below you can see Buttermilk giving it his all.
We were near the Old Hickory Lock and dam so I took this photo to give you an idea of the dam.
Unfortunately, fishing was difficult and I didn't catch a fish. I tried every lure in my tackle box but no luck. Buttermilk did happen to catch one little old bream after about 3-1/2 hours of fishing.  
Since the fishing wasn't good, I decided to take a few pictures of the lake and wildlife.

I didn't hear any reel singing on this day, but a bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work. Hey, want a little bait humor, then check out my outrageous cartoons on the top tab. Hope you enjoyed. Hey checkout my Lake decor maps, Great gift for the lake lover
What's in your woods, river, lake, or bay? Get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Nature's Marital Bliss

The other day the wife and I were headed out and my wife noticed that an unusual creature was attached to the side of my SUV. After a closer inspection by the chief bug inspector and that would be me, I discovered it was a Praying Mantis with a Stick Bug attached to its back. I thought, how odd. Why would a Stick Bug mess with a fierce Praying Mantis? The Praying Mantis is a major predator of the insect world and will even try to capture Hummingbirds. I guess the Stick Bug must have told his buddy’s--“Hey y’all watch this.” 

Now what does this have to do with marital bliss? Well, I was so intrigued by this occurrence that I had to do some research and WHAT I FOUND WAS DISTURBING. Unfortunately, the Stick Bug is not a Stick Bug at all. It’s a male Praying Mantis. Now men, the next sentence is unsetting and you may prefer not to read. My research on the net indicates that the Female Praying Mantis will often eat the head off the Male Praying Mantis during or after mating. Wow, what a honeymoon. Could this be the same as the smoke after? Talk about a dead beat dad.
Scientist are not sure why this happens and what the advantages are for this insect. But dang, I’m glad that I am not a male Praying Mantis, one and done! Thoughts?

Find out what’s in your woods, river, lake, or bay. Get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A message from Mother Nature?

Driving near my home I spotted this interesting sight brought to you by Mother Nature. I just had to add the  nursery rhyme for humor, but I am no Mother Goose!  

I think I can!

I think I can!

I think I can!

I think I can!


As you can see from these photo's the bush traveled inside the yellow pipe, all the way up to the top  and spouted. This bush was pretty dang determined. Notice that it reached an elevation much higher than it's peers. Could this be a message from Mother Nature? If so,  Mother Nature could be saying that with a little determination one can reach places that one would never expect. Just think if you were as determined as the little bush that could.

What's in your woods,river, lake or bay? Get up, get out and you may find something interesting!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Baitrageous Cartoons

Oh No, A little of my creativity had to get out known as Baitrageous. It's all about the life of bait etc... as in human humor terms. I hope you enjoy. He He! 

Hope you enjoyed the bait humor and remember: What's in your woods, river, lake or bay? Get your bait up and go find out!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

What's in a hole? I Know!

This is not a fairy tale like Alice in Wonderland and I am not Johnny Depp, but I do know "What's in a hole. Have you ever been walking in the woods and see holes in the ground? You may wonder: What lives in those holes? Well, I set out on an adventure to find out. I set-up my motion detector camera near an activity hole in the woods to see if I could capture a photo of a neighbor, so to speak. Here are the photos captured by Critter Cam.  

Believe it or not it's a Raccoon. I put the pictures in sequence. In some pictures you see him or her easily, however in a few he is wondering around in the background. Now you know "What's in the hole!" 

What's in your woods, river, lake, or bay. Get up and get out!