Archive for September, 2013

How About A Wednesday Photo Fest?

September 19, 2013

Yes, I’m taking a minute to do a blog entry this evening. I hope you don’t mind…

We got to go fishing Sunday! It was the only day this week that we could get away with our friends, so we took advantage of it. We stayed out longer than we have in ages. We caught many walleye, the largest of which was mine (17″). It was also the first fish of the day:) Gruper caught the most, though, once he got going. It was pretty cold and very windy but we had a blast! Here’s my bass master:


We passed on shore lunch with Frank and Bender so we could fish more. Gruper enjoyed his sandwich while fishing:


It was so windy that we moved up a jig size. I decided to try a different color as well:


Petey and Tom B. fished by us for a bit:


Rumor has it that Ben has released a 24.5″ and a 25″ walleye. I haven’t seen pictures yet, but I doubt the others would lie in his favor;) I had them all in for dinner Monday night. I did moose and wild rice unstuffed peppers. I also made a white chocolate cream filled banana cake (again):


Joe and Zane arrived yesterday for their annual trip. Wabaskang didn’t disappoint, either. Joe released a 28″ walleye (no pic, though) and several low 20’s as well. They also brought in a nice batch of eaters! They’ve been fishing this lake a lot longer than we, and they know where to go and what to do to get results. We have two groups of newbies this week. Roger in Jack’s group has added a big northern to the Conservation Awards page and Jack added a big walleye! Good for them. Joe’s group has been struggling but I think things will improve by week’s end.

Check this out:



Doesn’t it look great! Cabin 4 is next.

Lisa finally sent her pictures from several weeks ago. I thought I’d photo fest them today. Enjoy!

Early in her stay, she witnessed an eagle enjoying a tasty fish snack:

eagle eating

Here are some more great eagle pictures:

eagle sitting

eagle sitting2

How about an immature eagle:



Here are some mergansers rocking out:


I loved this heron picture:


Perhaps that heron was hanging out at the falls:



misty falls

Smoke on the water:


We always say that we are rocks, trees and water up here. Here are some great rock pics:



How ’bout some trees:





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Reflections, anyone?




I called Lisa over to photograph this incredible moth one morning (Gruper spied it originally). I think those are eggs beneath its wings.


Awesome! While we’re on bugs, I took this picture:


I like bugs and lizards…go figure.

Lisa’s family jumped into this trip with both feet:




Bobs northern

Honestly one of my favorite pictures of all time:


Of course, a good Camp picture ranks pretty high as well:


I have some more photos to share later. For now, I’ll close with Lisa’s sunsets:)






Still Busy

September 12, 2013

Hey there.  I’m here to tell you that just because it’s September doesn’t mean things aren’t happening at Tall Pines Camp!  We have a pretty good sized group in this week and are expecting another good sized group Saturday.  After that things slow waaaaaay down.  We hate to see the season wind down but we really do need a break! 

The weather has become perfect!  We had a couple of hot days last week and the week prior, but this week is perfect.  I’m still guiding for blueberries as much as  possible (twice this week!).  The guys have begun our big project:




Isn’t that Murray something?!! He walks around up there like he’s on the ground.

It took forever for the materials to arrive so we’ll probably get only the fish house and Cabin 4 done this fall. Cabins 9 and 10 will have to wait until spring. We’ll hope that weather, schedules, etc. all comply so we can get them done prior to opener.

We have a good group of mostly used guests in Camp this week. Everyone seems to be doing pretty well on walleye. I’ve lost count of Bob and Ron’s big fish (24, 24, 25, 27 for sure)! John in Cabin 6 released a 24″er (no pic yet). Roger in Cabin 2 released a 25″er (no pic yet). Ken in Cabin 5 released a nice 27″er yesterday. I added his pic and Bob’s 27 to the Conservation Awards Page of the website. Ken is fishing with his in-laws; his wife Lori had to stay home and work (four-letter word, I say). Anyway, Ken’s father-in-law Ron played with a nice slot northern earlier in their stay:

Rons nice northern

Ken won a cabin award for Best Weed:

Kens weed

Random Moment Alert: I took this picture of someone’s perch last week (can’t remember whose). Look at this thing:


OK. Back on-task. Mark and Paul are back again this year. I still keep some of Paul’s pictures of Eldon from last year on my laptop. We hadn’t seen or heard much from Eldon this season–thinking s/he’s in the family way–until this week. I’ve heard chirping almost daily, and he’s landed back above the dock a couple of times. I figure he’s hoping to have his picture taken again! Here’s one of last year’s:


My friends from home, Deb and Kim, have been here all week! We’ve picked berries, road-tripped to Red Lake (we had to take a sick mower, so we combined it with glass shopping and lunch!), and had Iowa chops (huge and yummy). Gruper and I popped out within sight of Camp today and caught a couple of perfect walleye eaters. I’ll make honey walleye for the gals tonight before they head home tomorrow. I’ll also serve tomato pie and raspberry pie:) It’s been good having them here. They brought (too much) work and (too much) food but I think they’ve caught up on some much needed rest and have enjoyed with serenity that is Tall Pines Camp. Hopefully they’ll not wait another five years before returning.

Those Red Hats were here a few weeks ago as I’ve mentioned. I believe I’ve had sufficient time to look through their pics and share with you. Their story usually starts something like this:



When these guys arrive at Camp, they do what every hard-core angler does on the fist Saturday of their fishing vacation: they eat(?) How weird is that?


Once that’s out of the way they get pretty serious about things. Lee brings his embroidery kit from home to fill in the slow times on the boat:


They compete to see who can catch the best red horse (none as good as John Vanada’s, though):



They enjoy a little scenery:





I spy two eagles in the sky…do you?


Here comes the rain again (please sing to the tune of Eurythmics…)


They actually do fish from time to time. Here’s Rich netting Jim’s northern.


Rich and Jim seem to have become closer over the years:


I can’t remember if this smallie was a Conservation Award or not. Anyway, nice fish Lee!!

Lees smallie

Lee is a musky slayer! This one holds a record all its own:


Lee’s embroidery skills make him good at cleaning fish:

Lee cleaning

good catch

Ahhh, returning back to Camp after a rough day on the water:


and enjoying a myriad of sunsets during the week:





We have our annual shot together every year at potluck. Here’s one of just the guys:


This one’s for my perverted friend Dawn:


The guys have been very into fitness since last year. Gruper saw Lee flexing for the other guys one morning. Here are a couple of them flexing out on the lake (we’re lucky they weren’t mooning):


I didn’t know how serious they had become about body building. Maybe it’s a mid-life thing? Anyway, rumor has it they entered a competition:


They’re all winners in our book! Until next year, guys, bye-bye:


Photo Fest, Part Deux

September 6, 2013

Well, let’s give it a try two days in a row!  I was able to sort through some more photos so we might as well do a photo fest. 

I want to say that I added two walleye to our Conservation Awards page ( just a couple seconds ago!  Jeff released a 24″er earlier this week and his cabinmate Rob released a 27″er today!  Good for them:)  That’s at least six walleye over 24″ in less than a week.  Gotta’ love it!

Mark and Donnie were here a couple of weeks ago.  They each added a big fish to the Conservation Awards page as well:  Mark had a nice walleye and Donnie had a super northern.  They also released lots of nice walleye in the 20-22″ range:



Donniewith walleye


Donnie is also a very good blueberry hunter. She always makes time to get away and catch a few with me (she’s a pretty clean picker, too):

Donnie with bbs


This year they played around with some full moon shots (the real moon, not Red Hat moons):




They always catch a good sunset or two. Here’s a nice silver one:

perfect sunset

perfect sunset2

Beautiful reflecting sunset:


Dan and Kari visit us annually as well. They usually visit in June, but scheduling conflicts brought them to us in August this year. While they didn’t get any fish for the Conservation Awards Program, they certainly do just fine…

Dan's perch

Dans northern

Karis walleye

See you two next June!

Steph and Don were here a couple of weeks ago. Steph got a kick out of this “giant” perch she caught!


Jerry was equally impressed!


Their little guy caught himself a (really) big fish!


Phyllis and Wayne were here last week. Wayne enjoys fishing for “brownies” (Arkansas terminology for smallmouth bass). This year they had good luck with walleye. Wayne found a sassy 20″er:

Wayne and walleye

Here’s a better pic–right before he released her to the lake (good job, Wayne):

Wayne and walleye2

Gruper and I went fishing last week. It was HOTTER THAN BLAZES (90ish). I got a good Where’s Waldo picture…see if you can see what we saw:


Here’s a better picture:


I liked the look of these wild flowers as well:


OK. That gets me ’bout caught up except for those Red Hats. I’ll see what I can do about that. We have a good group coming in tomorrow, including Bailey (here in a rare photograph of her awake on the boat!):


Until next time…

Photo Fest

September 5, 2013

Hi there!  I just realized that if you’re typing too fast “hi there” becomes “hit here.”  What would you do without me to share these simple discoveries?

Things here are good!  The weather has been perfect for a couple of days.  The fishing has been off the charts!  Bob and Ron arrived last Saturday (they’re batching it this year).  I’ve already added two pics of Bob and one of Ronnie with Conservation Award walleye (24-25″).  Word has it that Bob released a 27″ walleye today–I’ll try to get the picture loaded.  I’ve heard of at least one other 25″ walleye this week.  Numbers are no problem either.  Everyone comes in laughing about how many fish they’ve caught!  Neal and Marji were catching one walleye every three minutes the other day!  Walleye are still all over the board for location:  3rd Lake, 5th Lake, Keynote, 2nd Lake…anywhere from 8-24′.  It’s hilarious:  it seems like anything and everything is working right now, and that’s a good thing. Wayne and Phyllis caught their limit of walleye right here in front of Camp between the first two islands!

Blueberries are still going strong.  I guided a group of seven yesterday.  We all limited out in about 1.5 hours.  I think we still have another  week or two of good picking.

I am so behind on photos.  Today we’ll look at Ty’s.  He came up with Tom for his bear hunt.  Ty is serious about photography and has the camera to back it up!  He videoed Tom’s actual kill–I’ll not share that.  Here are a couple of hunting-related pics, though:


Tom and bear in the bush


Pair of bears

Tom and Kraig

The guys get out and do some fishing as well during their stay:

Tom and walleye

Ty and northern

Hi, Kraig!!!!

Kraig and his boat

Ty took some great foggy morning pictures:



I liked this perspective of the sky:

Through the trees

Here’s a nice reflection and some good scenery:


scenery 2

scenery 1

A very familiar site…

Little red cabin

I am fascinated by bugs. Maybe Ty is as well:



Ty takes professional quality pictures. It’s hard to do them justice on the blog. Here are some lovely shots of mallards. Sometimes I forget how beautiful they are…







Even more impressive than the duck pictures were Ty’s eagle pictures!






Here’s a nice photo of Camp:

Tys view of camp

I’ll close with a great sunset–one of many during their stay: