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Rickie Traeger: Trail Camera Setup Ideas




Good morning everyone! 

It is Monday.  That dreaded day that everyone hates, LOL.   Think positive though!

I have been thinking of places to setup my trail camera.   I am trying to find some really cool wildlife to capture on the trail camera.  I have been thinking about area that have had reports of exotic wildlife such as bears, mountain lions, wolves, etc…   They are rare to see in person around here.  So, I have been researching places as to where there might be potential luck to see some good wildlife. But then comes in question, even after I find an area I need to find a public land area, or ask a land owner for permission.  I think right now my best luck would be up near the stateline along the area of Meridian rd. There are a lot of open area you can see a ways, so if something crosses a field you would be able to see it pretty good.  There is another area over by Cherry Valley that has some wolves that I have been thinking about setting a trail camera for those.  I want to get it setup and going for awhile, before winter hits. I have determined that my trail camera can last approx. 3 months of a full set of batteries.  So if I set it up now, I can retrieve it around November sometime.  Which is kind of prime for these exotic animals to be traveling through our area.

On the other hand I was thinking it might be a good useful tool to try to capture some paranormal activity with it. I have been thinking of some places on public land that might have some paranormal activity.  Yes, I know trail cameras are not made for paranormal activity. But you just never know unless you give it a try.  What is the worst thing that would happen?  I would set it up and let it sit 3 months, then not capture anything, LOL.  Heck, there are many times I have set it up and haven’t caught anything but some moving trees.  Ah yes, the dreaded moving tree captures, LOL.  Or the shadows…   So realistically it won’t hurt to put it up to try to capture paranormal activity.

So the question  now is, What do you think I should set it up for: Wildlife or paranormal activity?
Whatever has the most votes, I will do that. I will leave this decision in your hands and you tell me. Wildlife or paranormal?

Wish me luck! 

 








Rickie Traeger: July 31st Blog: Got To Meet JB ONeill, Hiking, Ham Radio………………..

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1962 Volkswagon Bus Scale 1/32

 

Good morning everyone! 

Hopefully everyone is still staying safe and healthy!

My daughter and I went on a hike out at the park the other day.

She found a 1962 Volkswagon Bus scale 1/32 near the creek.    Looked like it had been in the creek for years.  She brought it home and I cleaned it up some.  I took this photo of it.  Pretty good photo, for being a cell phone photo.

We hiked a few trails for a bit.  I had to take a photo of this landscape. It reminded me of the movie “IT” with Pennywise.

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Rock Cut State Park

We went over by the dam area of the park.  While we were there we got to meet and watch some professional wakeboarders.  JB ONeill and some of his friends were in town doing a film and promo.  https://www.youtube.com/user/jboneill They were actually filming when we went down to meet them.  They were very friendly.  They explained they were in town doing a promo and filming.  I took a video of them wakeboarding down the dam.    It was pretty cool to watch them!  My daughter and I enjoyed watching them wakeboard, and was cool seeing them wakeboard down the dam. Did I also mention they were using a drone to film 🙂   I asked them how deep the water was there, they said they could touch the bottom.  I had always thought it was way deeper than that.

I was able to get my 2 meter ham radio back on the air yesterday. I am back on the air again! 🙂

I haven’t checked the SWR on it yet, so I am not going to be on it much until I get the SWR checked on my antenna.  But I am back on the air, thats is the main thing.  It will probably be awhile before I get back on HF though 🙁    But hey, at least I am back on 2m 🙂








Rickie Traeger: Sunday May 17th Blog




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Hopefully everyone has had a safe and wonderful weekend!  

Not to much going on over my way.  I got my fishing license the other day. 🙂

Went fishing I think on Friday for a few.  Was hoping to go more this weekend, but it has been raining.
Supposed to rain for a few more days then warm up to almost mid to upper 80’s. I will believe when I see it, LOL.

I sure hope it does, be some good fishing 🙂

We went to the following location (photo above)  It was very beautiful there. Trees were blooming, sun was setting. Scenery was just gorgeous!

Saw some turkey, birds, a beaver dam, etc…

 








Rickie Traeger: That Journey We All Take…




 

 

So for the last few hours I have been going through many photos I have taken over the years.  Seeing how I progressed as a photographer and the equipment over the years.  As I was looking at the photos, it reminded me of how easily we take life for granted.  We don’t think much of it, until something happens.  Or in this case, looking through photos. I took a photo of a deer a few years back around this time of the year out at the park, along with a coyote. And as I look at these photos, it reminded me of life in general. Looking at how skinny and frail the coyote and deer were, and how they actively were seeking food in the presence of a human being says a lot. To me it says that they were hungry and desperate.  And that they are willing to risk their life, to get something they want.

 

But what I am getting at is this: As I scroll the the photos I have taken over the years. In life there is beauty, in life there is ugliness.  We all see beauties, we all see the dour. We wake up each day not thinking it might be our conclusion.   We think of modern, to forget some of the latter, and to conceive the future.

During the journey we see as life. We experience both good and bad and some that are just to tragic to fathom. We have our highs and our lows.

We capture these moments on camera these days, so we can reflect back to what our highs and lows have been. And to show others our memories.

As a photographer, I have photographed almost anything you can think of.  Doing photography as a hobby and as a career.  I have saw the beauty, I have saw the tragedy.

And I know one thing, I am one lucky man to have been down the journey I have been given. To see the beauty, to see the dour.

And to understand that I am lucky  to cherish every moment of this journey, I have while I take this ride.

And to know that one day, we will all have our last ride.

Below is a photo that someone took of me kissing my dad for the last time and telling him goodnight as he was on his last ride.  🙁

 








Rickie Traeger: My Hike The Other Day




So this is a few days long over due, lol.  I am getting around to posting it.  Sorry in the delay.  

As you know it has been cold outside because it has been winter.  The other day it was supposed to be around 60. I don’t recall if it ever did hit 60 or not. But I can tell you the weather was pretty nice the other day.   Which brings me to one of the first topics about the hike.

With the warmer temps. the snow and ice were melting. Making the trails a mix of ice, snow and mud.  The snow was melting onto the ice making it way slippery.

So this hike was definitely a memorable one.  It was a short one but a memorable one.

They are still doing construction out there. I thought it was supposed to have been done a few months ago. I guess they went over schedule.

My hike was pretty short and simple for the most part.  As soon as I got onto the trails, I knew that it was going to be an interesting hike indeed with the trail conditions.  When I first started my hike, it was alot of ice and mud.  As the hike went on the snow melted and made things more muddy and more slippery on the ice.

I slipped a few times.  Actually shocked I didn’t fall a ton, considering the trail conditions.

The lake was still frozen. I did not expect to see that. I figured with the mild winter the lake wouldn’t be frozen. I was wrong, it looked pretty thick still. At least it appeared to be anyways.

I went to the Willow Creek area.   Heads up some of the trails are closed and you are not able to walk on some trails. Thankfully  know that part of the part very well. So I ended up finding a few trails that were still open 🙂  It took some time, but I found some trails that were open 🙂   I think they closed down the main ones closest to the roads, is waht it appeared to be. Because the trails further back in the woods were all open.

I saw several people on the trails.   I can’t recall how many, but there were several people back in the Willow Creek area.

I went back to the Willow Creek area.  Just my typical hike to get some exercise in.  I took my cell phone and my go pro and my dslr.

I was hoping to get some photos. My original goal was to take a lot of photos.  But that did not go as planned.  With the trail conditions and not much to photograph, I got maybe 10 photos.  So yeah, my planned so did not go as planned, LOL.  The trail conditions were horrid.  But like I said, I got a few.

I went over to the stone hut area.  A lot of graffiti in that hut again. Sad to see all that graffiti.  It was the typical satanic and gang crap.  So it probably some teens that did the graffiti.

I was at the hut maybe 5 minutes. I mainly was on a hike for the exercise, because I know that part of the park extremely well and have photographed a ton in that area of the park. I wanted to use my dslr, but I had my bigger lens on it. I was hoping to see some wildlife. That didn’t happen, so my photos were mainly from the cellphone.

I left the stone hut and figured i would walk over to the baseball field area. I figured since it was winter and the brush should be down right now (which it was) it would be a perfect time to go see the baseball field.  That is maybe a .25 mile from the hut.  Not far at all.  But the hike took longer, way longer than expected because the trail conditions.

I know I sound like a broken record for the trail conditions, lol. It was just something you had to experience, to understand.

I made it to the baseball field.  As expected the brush was down. So I was able to walk up in the field.

As I walked, i noticed some HUGE prints in the snow. No, it was not bigfoot!  All thought that would be pretty cool, lol.   Nah these were huge animal prints.

I showed the prints to some, and many said it was a large wolf or a bear.

Now I will say the prints were melting quickly, so the perfect form of the prints were not perfect by no means.  But you can see they are large in size and have the claws. I put my foot next to the print to show just how big the prints were. I wear a size 14 shoe!  So you tell me what you think made these prints?

I have saw a mountain lion out there in the Willow Creek area in the past. Once once. I always heard rumors of them, but not to long ago I was hiking and saw some deer. As I watched the deer I noticed a mountain lion stalking the deer.  And then the mountain lion spotted me. Yeah, that was soooooo not cool.   But I know they are out there. I always thought it was a lie. But I have saw them, so i know for sure they do really exist out there.

But back on topic.  I walked through the field and over to the ball diamond fence.  It is really hidden, so if you did not know it was there you probably would never know it is even there.  I like to go over there and just try to reflect on what the part of the park looked liked decades ago.  Seeing the ball diamond fence, is a piece of history.  I just sat there for a few to reflect on what that part of the park may have looked like decades ago and now the only stuff that really reflects the history of that part of the park is that fence and the stone hut.

By this time it was really warming up. So I knew the trails were only going to be getting more slippery. So I figured it be best to just head back. So that way it wouldn’t be so dangerous.

You know I did not even see one wildlife as I was on this hike.   Scratch that, I saw a few squirrels.  But that was it.  I was actually kinda shocked I didn’t come across some turkey or deer.

So I headed back.  On my way back I encountered many people on the trails.  We were all sliding on the ice.  As it literally sliding all the way down the hills on the ice without even moving my feet an inch.  Like I said, it definitely was a memorable hike, because of the poor trail conditions. . .

Overall thoughts on my hike: Was definitely good to get out and get a hike in. However I was not a fan of the poor trail conditions. But then again it made for better exercise which was my overall goal for the hike.  There was no real colors in the woods being that it is still winter time. And there was no wildlife besides the squirrels.  So there was not a whole lot to photograph.  It was a memorable hiking experience because it the trails were icy, snow, muddy and made it difficult to even walk. So mark this down as one of the most boring for entertainment value because of the lack of colors and wildlife, but scores high for the exercise value








Rickie Traeger: Good Monday Morning!




Good Monday morning!

So it is 6 am and here I am munching down on some delicious thin mints.  Probably not the best way to start a day. I take that back it probably is the best way to start a day!!!  🙂

Yesterday was pretty nice out.  A little windy though.   I ended up going for a hike.   Was good and bad, lol. I will start with the bad.  The trails were icy or muddy.  So, it made for a memorable hike, lol.  I slipped and slide for the most of the hike. Now with the good, lol. Got some exercise, OK some dam good exercise! Was pretty out there, not a lot of color for obvious reasons. Alot of the trees and plants are not bloomed yet this season. So everything was kinda blah.  But I got to see areas I haven’t saw in awhile, because you can see for a ways in the woods right now.

I will post some the photos in my next blog post here. Along with a detailed blog about the hike.  It be later today sometime.   I a lot of photos with my cell phone instead of my dslr.  I had my big lens on hoping to see some wildlife. But that didn’t happen so my dslr was to long to get the photos I wanted, the wider shots. So I used my cell phone. I have to transfer them to the PC here. Then I will post them. So be sure to keep a look out for the next post 🙂

I am off to play a game of IRacing.   I hope everyone has a wonderful day. Stay dry! It is supposed to rain all day I heard. So enjoy your day and stay dry 🙂