Fall Colors

The fishing season is coming to an end up here but the transition through autumn is pretty spectacular.

On Canadian Thanksgiving Donna and I headed out for a drive. Strangely we happened to pass by some of my favorite fishing spots. These shots were taken along the Mississippi River (the Canadian version). Besides the great view, it is an excellent spot to fish for smallmouth bass.

Check out other fall color posts at Outdoor Blogger Network

Hardwater Season

Sadly, we have moved into the hardwater season around here.  For some that still means fishing but I haven’t figured out how you manage to drift a dry fly in an eight inch hole in the ice and bobbing a nymph or streamer up and down the water column doesn’t seem too interesting either.

So that means it is fly tying season.  And there is enough of that to do.  Am I the only one who always seems to be missing one of the materials in the recipe?

Ah well, nature’s entertainment is still not too far off.  Here are a couple photos from our backyard bird feeder.  Potential tying material – just kidding!

There are lots of blue jays these days and the turkeys make a regular appearance a couple times a day.  The other birds give them a wide birth when they are scratching around.

How Do You See the World?

Daniel Dorling, Mark Newman and Anna Barford have produced an interesting world atlas (The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live) that represents land area in proportion to various demographic parameters. I have been working with spatial information (maps, satellite images, etc.) for most of my career so I find this a fascinating way to visualize statistical information.

Here are a few examples shown on the website of the Telegraph, one of Britain’s newspapers.

This first map shows the world as we are most familiar with it.

This maps shows countries shaped in proportion to projected wealth in 2015.

You can see more of their maps at the Telegraph picture gallery.