Category Archives: fishing

Big Texas Skies

This has been such a busy and fun Christmas season visiting my amazing parents in Texas.

oak tree against sunset colors
Sailor’s Delight

I’ve had so much fun with them that I’ve neglected taking photos.  As I was outside running a couple errands though, the sunset colors of the big Texas sky caught my attention and I just had to stop.

Christmas trees make great fish habitat in the lake
Christmas trees make great fish habitat in the lake

As long as I had my camera and ditching my duties…I kept clicking…Walmart was selling leftover Christmas trees last week for 2 cents each so we got a baker’s dozen for fish habitat.  If more would have fit in the truck, we would have gotten more.  My brother wanted to know if we tried to talk them down in price. 😉  These will give those bass a reason to hang around.

"The Puzzler" (Norman Rockwell-style)
“The Puzzler” (Norman Rockwell-style)

Mom’s puttering around in the kitchen and Dad’s at the puzzle table.

Moon Rise over Houston County Lake
Moon Rise over Houston County Lake

And a beautiful full moon over the lake while steaks wait for the football game to end.

Goodnight big TX sky!

Breakfast with the Otters

It is a frosty 30 degrees here in Tidewater, OR, this morning!  I am SO grateful for a warm and dry place to live.

These photos were taken near Blackberry Campground on the Alsea River, Oregon.

alsea river otter eating
Not catch-n-release

I wonder if otters, or any wildlife for that matter, ever shiver?

2 otters eating salmon on riverbank
Focused on their breakfast

There were at least 5 river otters in this group.  Just a little bit of mist is coming off the river.

Don’t you just love outdoor breakfasts on the river!

5 otters eating salmon on alsea river
Everybody’s happy

I’m assuming they are eating small salmon.  The color of the flesh is bright orange as you’ll be able to see in the video below.

We’re sunk!

I think somebody lost a boat to the Alsea River overnight.  The boat was almost full of water but still fully visible around 7:30 yesterday morning.  But by 8:30am it was all the way under the water.

submerged boat in alsea river
Hanging on

Not much can be done to rescue it at this point.  They just have to hope the rope to the anchor holds until the water goes down.

The rain raised the river about 3 feet higher than expected.  Rain filled the driftboat and sunk it.  You can barely see the end tip bobbing on the surface in the photo below (on the left near the willows).

submerged boat in alsea river
Before dark

The boat was still hanging on before dark settled in last night.  But it is nowhere to be seen this morning.  Not Fun!  😦

I wonder how fast a sunken aluminum boat will move down a river?  And what could possibly stop it?

Eagle Bait

As Don came back from fishing he saw a salmon carcass on the riverbank.

alsea river fishing
Fishing on the Alsea in Curly’s boat

So he moved it over to the island in hopes of attracting in some birds.

dead salmon - eagle bait
Eagle Bait

We were surprised that nothing even seemed to look at it for a whole day.  Even the few seagulls in the area seemed to ignore it.  But this morning someone is eyeing the prize…

bald eagle
3 year old Bald Eagle

This young bald eagle hasn’t tasted it yet.  But he’ll be back.

Western Grebe Preening

Birds are really peaceful to watch.  This Western Grebe was alone and just taking his/her time preening.


They can kinda make casting a challenge though.  You wouldn’t want to catch one.

alsea river western grebe
Western Grebes on the Alsea River

Stormy Day on the Alsea River

We had high wind warnings today.  No damage done here and electricity stayed on.  It was mostly gusty and rainy.

fall colors alsea river
Fall colors on the Alsea River

 I am grateful for a talented husband who built a cover over our deck!  I enjoyed the sound of the wind rushing across the hilltops through the trees and watching it ruffle the surface of the Alsea River.

king fishing the alsea
These are NOT fair-weather fisher-people

We did only see one boat on the river today though.

western grebe
A lone Western Grebe

This was the first time in a while that I’ve seen a Western Grebe here.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

The Pied-billed Grebe is becoming my favorite duck.  They are just so dang cute!  We’ve had 2 hanging around for the last several days.  They keep their distance from each other so sometimes I have to really watch to know whether there are 2 or just one.  I haven’t heard their call but I’ve read it is pretty loud.

Fishing Lessons – Kingfishers

These Kingfishers are like a morning alarm clock only the Snooze button doesn’t work and we can’t unplug it from the wall.  hahaha  …and it’s not as annoying.

Belted Kingfisher

When a single Kingfisher is working the river it doesn’t make this much noise (watch video below).  So I’m guessing that these Kingfishers are young birds being taught how to fish.  Either the parents are giving lots of encouragement to their young or the children are saying “Wait up!  Wait up!  I’m hungry!  I’m tired!”   Or maybe both?

Whatever is going on, they are fun to watch.  We’ve seen as many as 6 Kingfishers working this part of the Alsea River at one time.  Occasionally they actually splash in the water to catch a bite to eat.