Sunday, January 13, 2013

Thursday  night, at our monthly TU meeting ( the Pisgah Chapter) we were honored to have as our guest speaker Chas Glatzer of Shoot the Light photography fame.  Chas is a neighbor of mine and he just happens to be one of the top wildlife photographers on the planet.  I've seen most of his work before but unless our members were avid readers of National Geographic and other mags featuring high quality wildlife images, they weren't aware of his work.  Chas wowed I knew he would.

The image you see here (and my apologies for the picture quality) is the pen & ink stage of a really nice brown that Chas caught on a local stream this fall. I've been fortunate to have Chas photograph my recent Native Faces series and the Skin Series that I've been working on, and as a way of payback I suggested this catch & release rendition of his catch. I'll be adding some color to it in the coming days and hopefully he will be pleased with the finished work.

Monday, January 7, 2013

2012 - What a year it was!

From once a year family outings to weekly fly tying sessions at the VA; from rod building classes to casting lessons at a local pond; from overnight stays at 5 star destinations to drift boat excursions through pristine wilderness – during the past year some 600 Trout Unlimited member volunteers donated over 45,000 hours towards the healing of our nations recovering veterans.

Whether casting poppin’ bugs for feisty bluegills, or drifting woolly buggars through the lair of a brutish brown trout, TU members from 91 Trout Unlimited chapters in 34 states conducted some 300 outings with their local veterans.   As over 1000 of these veterans experienced the thrill of the strike, they also experienced the therapy of the water – the healing that comes from sharing with their fellow veterans the beauty and  rejuvenating power of our sport.