Well I have been pretty busy with other wild projects as of late…actually really only one project, this little man. All those cliches about having a kid, well they are true. But I haven’t abandoned the WildWood, we will be back and more frequent starting soon enough. In the meantime if you want you can find us on Instagram #WildNoah. Hope y’all are having a grand summer.
45 years later…
February 2, 1968
In the dark of the moon, in flying snow, in the dead of winter,
war spreading, families dying, the world in danger,
I walk the rocky hillside, sowing clover.
Hope you all are having a good 4th of July, drinking plenty of beer and eating grilled meats. Happy 4th from Cape Cod!
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Yosemite Valley from Mariposa Trail, Cleveland Museum of Art
Charles Leander Weed, an American photographer from upstate NY, was best known for being the first person to document what is now Yosemite National Park in photographs. In the summer of 1859 he traveled to Yosemite with James Hutchings, an entrepreneur and early promoter of Yosemite Valley. On this trip Weed captured the first images of Yosemite, which were exhibited in San Franciso and published in a book called Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California.
Mirror Lake and Reflections, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa County, California, 1865. Smithsonian American Art Museum
Charles Leander Weed went on to travel and photograph Hong Kong, Hawaii, and the Far East. He did however return to Yosemite again to take photos with a friend and fellow photographer Eadweard J. Muybridge, who went on to develop a technique to use cameras to capture a moving image.
Eadweard Muybridge, photographed by Charles Leander Weed. 1872 in the Grant Mariposa Grove at Yosemite.
If you’re going hunting this season here are some helpful lessons to remember in order to bring yourself back alive.
Shooting from a car is not only unlawful in most states, but also unsportsmanlike and very dangerous.
Don’t put a loaded gun in a car at anytime, and even if you think the gun is unloaded don’t point it at yourself like this Nimrod is doing.
This man is using his gun as a lever to pry up some logs. Used in this fashion, gun is excellent lever for lifting yourself into eternity.
“Look ma no hands,” this man will soon be saying, “Look ma no head either.”
The question raised in this photo seems to be which of these two hunters will last the longest. Each has his gun pointed at the other.After examining the photo, we’re betting the man in the checkered shirt will be the first to go.
Guns make comfortable but unsafe leaning posts. This guy will keep dust out of the barrel but may put holes in the hunter.
This public service announcement brought to you by Popular Mechanics, circa June 1951
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Drink some beer, eat meat cooked over open flame, light some small explosives on fire, and celebrate your independence.
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The Country Bizarre was a magazine started by Andy Pittaway and Bernard Scofield in the early 70′s which was a collection of poems, gardening advice, and other outdoorsing how-to’s. Brought to my attention by a new favorite blog My Proud Mountains, all of the issues of this great magazine have been carefully archived and made available via Caught by the River. If you need a good distraction you should check this magazine out.
All images were beautifully scanned by Caught by the River, there were to many good ones to post…
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This time of the year on many rivers shad begin making their seasonal runs upstream to begin spawning. Here in VA there is a major shad run on the James River and all types of folks come out to catch some shad.
These fish apparently they make good eats too because ever year on the third Wednesday in April, in conjunction with the shad run, comes the annual Shad Planking festival in Wakefield put on by the Ruritan club there which .
While I have never attended this event, it was this past Wednesday, I hear about it every year and wish to go sometime. The event marks not only the annual shad run but also the unofficial beginning of fishing season. What began as a bunch of guys getting together and roasting shad nailed to wood has also become an important local political event. Hope to get there next year and eat some oily bony shad.
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Well folks, WildWood is going to be gone on a brief excursion to Jerusalem for the next week or so. Perhaps there will be a dispatch and report from there, perhaps not. See you all soon.