Carl Wiens
May 2007
blood red moon over bosco's boneyard
I just got back from a night ride. I have a headlight on my mountain bike and rolling through the forest at night is one of my favorite summertime distractions.

Tonight the air quality was really terrible and the humidity was intense, but it made for a dramatic appearance of the full moon about halfway through the ride, turning it a shade of red. Going out at night heightens the senses- you become more sensitive to the noises, smells and changes in temperature. Moving through the forest on a bike becomes more demanding as your depth perception gets completely distorted and you can only see about twenty feet ahead.

After riding on single track for about half an hour, I came out into a meadow. Something large moved. A second later a deer leaped in front of me. I was a bit scared we might collide.

Bosco's boneyard isn't really as scary as it sounds. It's named after the trail maker's dog who had a habit of burying bones along the way.
It's a LOT of fun!

Here's a few shots from last fall
Summer begins
The water is fine
The May 'two-four' weekend officially kicks off the Canadian summer. This holiday was officially designated to honour good Queen Victoria's birthday. Her memory is largely obliterated as this date now sounds the alarm sending all off on a scramble madly cramming all of the fun we can into the brief summer months. Get that garden in!  Put the boat in the water! Open up the cottage!

Our sleepy little community was overrun on Friday with hordes of noisy pleasure-seeking tourists. Look out for that Winnebago! Mind your step crossing Main Street, somebody has some relaxing to do, and needs to get there fast!

I did my part by lining up at the beer store on Saturday, buying a 2-4 (cheers, Victoria). We had some friends over to the house for drinks. All the beer was gone in the morning. Success!

This ended my mad spring-cleaning and gardening frenzy. The house looks  great. I haven't had much time to relax lately. Can't wait to jump into the lake for the first swim. About ten minutes from where we live there's a beautiful shallow bay and miles of sandy beach. We take the kids for a swim on sunny afternoons.

I am looking forward to cycling, camping and the cottage this summer. Got any plans?
the future that never was
Remember the good old days when a computerized flight simulator filled a gymnasium with vacuum tubes? Brilliant minds were engaged in the development of a nuclear-powered wristwatch and the flying car was just around the corner?

Well look at what just rolled off the production line from the future that never was...
'Never work with kids or dogs' is often attributed to W.C. Fields, who had a few choice lines about both.

When it comes to illustration, its a different situation.  They can provide a pretty fertile playground for the imagination. These creatures evolved from my trip into the pages of my dusty science texts and old pop sci magazines.

Time to take the dogs and kids out for a walk.
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