Naugatuck State Forest Hike 6.14.06

Went for a long hike today. Followed a trail I mapped out using an aerial photograph of Naugatuck State Park, which I designed to lead to a pond (not listed on maps.) When I arrived at the pond, it turned out to be more of a swamp. Couldn't get anything to strike lures..and I believe there may only be catfish if anything in there.

Came across what I believe to be a large map turtle, which seemed too far from the swamp...and also seemed a bit distressed. I carried the turtle a quarter mile back to swamp, and I hope I didn't disturb some natural migration/mating process. I also found and took large feathers...possibly from a hawk.

Around dusk I went to the falls in Seymour to fish. Caught three SMB, one LMB, one Rock Bass. All were fairly small, except for the Rock Bass. Fish caught on spinners and spoons.

A Year Removed from the Landscape

"The desert is the environment of revelation, genetically and physiologically alien, sensorily austere, esthetically abstract, historically inimical...Its forms are bold and suggestive. The mind is beset by light and space, the kinesthetic novelty of aridity, high temperature, and wind. The desert sky is encircling, majestic, terrible. In other habitats, the rim of sky above the horizontal is broken or obscured; here, together with the overhead portion, it is infinitely vaster than that of rolling countryside and forest lands...In an unobstructed sky the clouds seem more massive, sometimes grandly reflecting the desert land forms imparts a monumental architecture to the clouds as well as to the land...

To the desert go prophets and hermits; through deserts go pilgrims and exiles. Here the leaders of the great religions have sought the therapeutic and spiritual values of retreat, not to escape but to find reality."

-Paul Shepard, Man in the Landscape: A Historic View of the Esthetics of Nature

Venture Not Into the Desert
John Galayda, 2005/2006

Venture not into the desert,
unless you can find good company
within yourself.

For the desert sky is the unbounded belly of a great whale,

self-examination is inevitable,
self realization quietly commences

Everyman should come and see,
but not evey man should stay and live.
To be a tourist of the desert
or a townsman?

Al of Trumbull who owns and grooms a large rose garden in the area... My favorite image of the day is Al appearing to the likes of Charlton Heston, holding pruning shears instead of a shotgun.

Aesthetics along the Open Water

A tallship crew working against a stormy backdrop, looming in the distance... I could have dropped the camera, tripped the shutter, and captured the aestheticism and romanticism of the scene. Below is my favorite photograph of the day.