I sometimes use paintings to show people what the mountains look like. I'm not a good photographer, and my photographic equipment is marginal. Besides, I really like mountain art. I'm no artist, I find the paintings on the web. But once in awhile I get a decent picture. This was a sunrise, taken from a "saddle" in the mountains near the house. That's a place on the ridge line where a narrow section lets you see on both sides from the same vantage point.
Recently a friend asked me if I had any AR-15 type rifles. I'm a collector of the old military bolt guns, but I do have some modern weapons. I've concentrated on the L1A1 and the M14 there, but I have a couple of AR's.
This is a pretty standard version of the AR-15.
This is a Colt SP-1. It was the forerunner of the M4 Carbine. It's light, and easy to carry. When I'm working in the woods near the house, I usually keep this on a sling. I could carry one of my Enfields, Mausers, etc out there , but what happens is I get to working and wander away from the gun. The old military guns are way too heavy to carry slung around your shoulder on a hot, hellish day under the canopy.
My wife bought me the shirt I'm wearing in this old picture. It says "Does not play well with others."
For any non-Americans who might be passing by, that's from the old school report cards kids used to get, so she's taking a gentle jab at my personality. She's not much of a mixer, either though, so our solitude up here suits us both.
This is a good time of year for sitting out with a fire in the evenings. I have been doing that for a good many years, One nice thing about living in the woods with no people to take into consideration, you can pretty much do what you want to, when you want to.
A good thing about the cold weather coming, is that it means it's shoulder holster time again. I can wear a vest up here year round, as many older men do so I don't stick out in a crowd. But I'd rather just wear a light jacket. As you can see, I'm a big fan of the Miami Classic rig. I doubt many people remember Miami Vice, but it was an early 1980's crime show. This particular rig was made for the main character of the show by Galco, and it really caught on. Above are a Browning High Power, a Beretta 92 Onyx, a Sig P226, and a Kimber Custom II.
I think I've put this picture on the blog before, but it does illustrate one of my favorite shotguns. That's a Mossberg, of the same type issued to USN vessels for shore party use, among other things. You can't beat a good shotgun for those times when you might need to get up close and personal.
After I finish here, I'm going over to one of the small lakes in the county to do a bit of walking. They have a one mile trail around this lake, and I can get there in about 15 minutes if I cut through the mountains on one of the old forest service roads. After that, I just don't know. I'll probably take a nap this afternoon, and then we'll see what else there is to do. Being retired is a tough job, but somebody has to do it!