– OHV: “Off-Highway Vehicles,” our BLM field office manages a large OHV area
– Trail 1: the particular trail/road we hiked off of in the OHV area and where we scored our Pacific fisher photos
– Game cam = game camera
– Gusto: super stinky lure for placing on vegetation near camera setup; seriously, you have no idea until you smell this stuff
– Meat socks: old socks with meat scraps in them to attract carnivores
– Hope: wishing, hoping, yearning to get a picture
– Pacific fisher: candidate for endangered species listing, so if we find them, it matters – and we were SUPER pumped to get a set of pictures, one of which is above
And the haiku from yesterday:
– Turnpike: the name of the road the proposed timber sale is located off of
– Cavities: as in “tree cavities,” the ones we found may be used by Pacific fisher as denning sites, so we will undertake game camera monitoring to establish their presence (or “no detect”) in the area
Numerous internal debates have centered on this question: how do I want to use this space?
I am not a super-sharer like some writers (Lena Dunham comes to mind), nor can I offer expert testimony on any subject matter (Nina Totenberg on the Supreme Court anyone?). I am not yet comfortable sharing my opinions of current events so publicly and so permanently, nor am I trying to sway you to my view of the world.
When I dig down to it, I want this to be a place where I share a selection of my photos, experiences, and thoughts with the people I care about and anyone else who finds it interesting. (I confess, the latter part of that group – the “anyone else” – also makes me a little skittish to share deeply, because it’s hard to put things out into the world and not know who might be reading them now or in the future.) I could use social media sites to make posts like the ones I have described, but not all of my family and friends are on all of the sites. Furthermore, I prefer the level of administrative control and content maintenance that comes with a website, so I definitely want to use this space, but how?
“How?” could be a continuation of the status quo, though I am clearly dissatisfied with it else I would not have written this post. My main issue is the time involved in composing a post similar to the ones I have done in the past (multiple hours), which means they are super infrequent (notice the timestamp on the last post before this one). To make up for the infrequency of posting, I write longer missives, but then I find myself asking: who really has time to read this? I mean, it’s not all that interesting unless you were here or knew more of the details.
All of this had been stirring in the back of my mind for quite some time, when bar trivia this past Tuesday delivered the answer in the form of a question: What is the syllable structure of a Japanese haiku? The answer, of course, is 5-7-5. Hearing this reminded me of my fondness for haikus, and my third grade winning haiku on pegasus (I’ll see if I can dig it out of hiding). Daily haikus are most definitely within reach, can go along with pictures nicely, will challenge my creativity, and are brief enough that you almost cannot help but read them. So without further adieu, it’s time for a haiku!
Pictures, haikus, and tidbits
New style, same place 😉