Monday Night Art Class: Mess O’ Leaves

Posted November 15, 2013 by Friar
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I took a a close-up photo of my tree in my back yard this fall:

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And I decided to paint it.


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Took a while, but I finally finished it.

And that’s it.

I’m done painting leaves.

Until next year. 


The Best Part of Halloween

Posted November 1, 2013 by Friar
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The day after.

When candy is half-price.


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Fall Colors 2013

Posted October 20, 2013 by Friar
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The fall colors this year were okayyyyy…but not spectacular.   Not like they were in 2012 or 2008.

But I still managed to find some nice pockets of color.

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No colors in this last one, but it was a gorgeous October day, and warm enough to paddle in shorts until sunset .



I Finally Finished the #$*%! Thing…!

Posted October 10, 2013 by Friar
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Sometimes when I take a photo, I know it’s going to be a painting.  I just don’t know when I’ll get around to actually painting it.

It can be days.  Or years.

I took this one a year ago.


I started painting it last May.

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And then put it away, and started it again.

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And then put it away and started it again.

And then it was summer, and fishing started,.  So even though it was 95%  done, I  put it away again  for 4 months.

Now, it’s FINALLY finished.

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And I am DONE with it.

(Phew!   This was painful).


One of Those Days….

Posted August 12, 2013 by Friar
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Sometimes when you go fishing,  you know it isn’t going to be a good day.    It’s too windy.   Or too cool.   Or the water’s too choppy.

Or maybe you just feel lethargic…and you suspect the fish probably do too.

But if you put in enough time, if you keep coming back,  sooner or later, you’re going to get one of those “perfect days”.

Where the water is like a mill pond.

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Where there’s just enough mugginess in the air to keep things interesting.

And when you approach the shoreline, you feel excited, because you KNOW there’s gotta be fish there.

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And even the signs in the sky seem to be favorable.

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And when you find that right spot and BAM…!   BAM…!  BAM…!  BAM…!   You can do no wrong.

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And you’ve had one of these “perfect” fishing days.

And they’re rare.

You might only get 1 or 2 day s like this the entire year.    If you’re lucky.

And you might come back to the same spot 3 days later, and it will be a whole different ball game.

They may not even be biting at all.

Or they might be biting even BETTER than before. .


You just never know.

I guess that’s why they call it “fishing” instead of “catching”.

Either way, I’m addicted.

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My American Cereal Collection

Posted August 7, 2013 by Friar
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Whenever I travel to the States, I stock up on the junk food that you can’t get in Canada.    Especially the cereals.

Here’s my latest stash:

1.   Crunch Berries 

We used to be able to get these when I was a kid.   But somewhere along the line,  Crunch Berries moved back South of the Border, and now we’re stuck with just the plain old Cap’n Crunch.

Notice the berries are multi-colored now.   I remember when they only came on one color:  bright pink.

Also notice how manic-looking the Cap’n has become.     He ain’t quite right….he’s not the friendly,  kindly-looking Cap’n that we grew up with.

I dunno…maybe he’s  OD’ing on all the sugar.

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Cocoa Puffs

Again,  I have fold memories of these as a kid (while visiting Grandma, of course).   There’s no way in hell Friar’s Mom would ever stoop so low as to buy these for us.

But, just like with Crunch Berries,  you just cant’ get these here any more.    (Count Chocula, either).

You don’t know what you got, till it’s gone. (*sigh*)

And check out the look of pure delight, while Sonny (who’s cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs) tries to navigate through a tidal wave of pure chocolate.

Screw the yogurt and nuts.   Which normal, healthy, red-blooded kid wouldn’t love a breakfast like that?

Say what you will, but any cereal that turns the milk brown, has got my respect.

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Apple Jacks 

We can still occasionally get these in Canada.   But not with MARSHMALLOWS.

And why add marshmallows, you may ask?

Because they CAN.

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And look at the apple with the bulging eyes.     He also ain’t quite right….thought the cinnamon dude looks like he’d be fun to party with.


Cookie Crisp 

This is my favorite.    You just gotta admire the in-your-face attitude from General Mills. …how they don’t even TRY to pretend this cereal/candy isn’t loaded with sugar.

Look, kids:  it’s like eating a big bowl of cookies.

Which really, isn’t that far from the truth.

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Different Faces of Superior on a Rainy Long Weekend.

Posted May 25, 2013 by Friar
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Superior Faces


1.   Keweenaw Bay

Saturday, just north of L’Anse.   Kind of a miserable day.

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2.  Copper Harbor

Sunday morning.   That’s the ferry to Isle Royale, though I”m not sure if it was running yet.

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3.  Copper Harbor 

Fishermen going after splake.

The day was calm, but you could hear thunder coming from the dark clouds on the far horizon, so low in frequency as to barely be audible.

It was very ominous.

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4.   Near Eagle Harbor

Just ~ 10 miles down the road from the fishermen.

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5.  Near Eagle Harbor

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6.  Bete Grise

Cold and damp…it was 48F.   But an hour later, just 40 km to the south at the town of Laurium, it was in the mid 70’s.

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7.   Between Marquette and Munsiing

Later that same day.  It was warm, sunny and calm, almost summer-like.

It was a totally different lake.

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8.  Twelve Mile Beach (Picture Rocks National Lakeshore)

The next day (Monday).

Needless to say, this was off-peak tourist season, and I had the entire place to myself.

A storm was building on the horizon again, and the water had a greenish grey hue.

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9.  Twelve Mile Beach

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Exact same location, just facing East instead of West.

It’s amazing how much the lake can change, even just by turning around 180 degrees.


10. Grand Marais

A small beach town on the lake, though nobody was really there this time of year.

I didn’t get out of the car much.   The storm had caught up with me and it was a torrential downpour.

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11.  Whitefish Point

Later Monday afternoon.  Close to where the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald happened.

This view is from the lighthouse.

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12.  Whitefish Point

Facing West…with yet another storm building on the horizon.

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13. Near Paradiseer

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Facing east, just south of the town of Paradise.

Though it didn’t feel like paradise that day.

Superior was being a real witch, and the storm system followed my for 500 km on my drive home.



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