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Biking photo trip; Dill salmon recipe needs work; New site update.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 by  
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For yesterday’s bike ride I decided to cram my camera into my CamelBak HAWG (that thing is absolutely cavernous), and do sort of a biking slash photo adventure. I decided to head over to a nice lake near my house which has a wide biking and jogging track around the mile-long perimeter. I rarely see anyone there, and so it’s a fantastic place to ride fast with some incredible scenery.

"Blair Witch House"

"Blair Witch House"

Along the way to the lake there is dilapidated old house that is being swallowed up by the woods. I call this place “Blair Witch House”, and if you take a look at the picture you’ll see why. It’s a creepy place. About year or two ago I took some pictures of this house, but they were just basic snapshots. I was really looking forward to shooting the place again with a little more thought. I spent a good 20 minutes there, and I even went inside for the first time. The floorboards are damp and rotting, and I thought I was going to fall through the floor and be eaten by the house. Thankfully that didn’t happen, and I came away with a couple of shots that I’m really happy with.

There are several more photos from my biking trip in this post that I made to my new photo journal.

Yesterday evening I made a new dill salmon recipe. It was good, but it didn’t blow me or Lisa away. I think the new recipe has potential, however, so I’m going to make it again sometime soon with a few tweaks. If I can get two thumbs up I’ll add to to the Recipe Section.

A little privacy, please?

A little privacy, please?

I’m running late this morning because I’ve been out back at the pond taking pictures non-stop since I woke up. There’s so much happening out there right now! Most of the Southern Toad tadpoles are now baby toads, and they are leaving the pond en masse. The baby toads are so small and there are so many of them that walking around is a very slow and careful process! There are also a pair of adult toads in the pond mating as I type this.

Now I realize that all this toad and pond stuff is of little interest to many of you. Of course I find these things terribly fascinating, and they are obviously huge interests of mine. I’ve tried to limit the amount of time I talk about this kind of stuff in my fitness blog because, well, that’s not why most of you are here. I get that. 🙂 As my interest in subjects like ponds, wildlife, nature photography and so on has grown, I’ve come to realize that I need to sort of separate all that from my fitness blog. Not entirely of course, but mostly. So that’s why I decided to start a new web site/blog, www.johnspond.com. The new site is not live yet, but I’ve been working on it in the evenings after work. The site will be about pond construction & pond maintenance, amphibians, insects, birds, landscaping, flowers, herbs, fruits, vegetables, photography and more! I’ve also started a new Facebook page for the site, so if you’re interested feel free to “Like” John’s Pond on Facebook. I’ll be posting updates on the site’s development along with a few other goodies on Facebook.

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4 Responses to “Biking photo trip; Dill salmon recipe needs work; New site update.”
  1. Salmon with fresh dill is one of my all-time favorite summer meals. All I do is coat the filet with some freshly chopped dill, place it on a cedar plank (soaking the plank for about an hour in warm water seems ideal for getting some of the cedar flavor to mingle), and place it over charcoal with maybe 1 or 2 small chunks of hickory (soaked in hot water for 5 mins). The side dish is usually broccoli… tossed in basting oil and some coarse kosher salt, and placed on some aluminum foil on the grill.

    I’ve been debating ordering a quantity of flash-frozen wild-caught salmon from a few different distributors in Alaska. The quality appears great, and the cost is comparable to store bought, other than the fact that you’re dishing out $100 – $200 up front to get it all at once.

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