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Monthly Archives: April 2014

23 Apr

I watched a documentary on Monday night that in large part built upon the work of a photographer that was at the Boston Marathon in 2013 at the time of the bombing.

Repeatedly, he was shown with his SLR camera, with its large, telephoto lens.  I sat up for a while after the program ended, and the thought of that lens stuck in my mind.  There’s almost nothing today that we see secondhand, from news to entertainment to sports that has not passed through a lens.  If you’re nearsighted or farsighted, even the things you witness live pass through lenses.

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16 Apr

There are many situations where the ability to magnify and see up close will work to your advantage. This applies not only while hunting or in the woods, but also while you do other hobbies or daily activities. A simple pocket monocular with no more than 7x or 8x magnification is as handy as that pocket knife or multi-tool that you carry daily.

As the mini ice age in northern Illinois comes to an end in mid-April, the first thing I did was to get back on the motorcycle. While I never really forget what it’s like to ride, the …

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11 Apr

Spring is here and on my street that means the coming of the birds.   My neighbors seem to have a fascination with everything that flies.  In virtually every back yard on my side of the street there are birdfeeders.  I’m not talking about one or two; there are some people that have dozens on their property.  I am not really a bird person, but in my quest to fit in with my neighbors, I have one birdfeeder that I try and keep stocked throughout the warm season.  As I said, I don’t know much about birds, but my wife and …

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08 Apr

Back in 2008 my brother and good friend John decided we were going to take a trip up to Northern Wisconsin and do some camping.  Chase and John had been there before years ago and wanted to revisit the same place they had backpacked years ago.  It doesn’t get much better than a wilderness area in a national park.  They seem more untouched and remote and very noticeable about the lack of people visiting.  An ideal place to hike in and set up camp and just relax and forget about the fast paced world you leave back home.

Now, in …

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