Ruff Double Memory by J Leslie  Booth

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What hit me first – even before the crawling chill making its way through the clothing layers since stopping – was the distinct memory: “I’ve been here before.”

Déjà vu? No, not at all.

I had been there. In the exact spot. It was December 1958 and in a light snow, with a very crisp chill in the air. Only then my feet were a size 6 boys and freezing like exposed chicken knuckles! At least now, my feet weren’t freezing. But the blood laced adrenalin jitters were still there. And I loved it.

As I look down at the single ruffed grouse posing in ‘la mort avec l’honneur’ alongside my dad’s old double-barrel shotgun, resting in the skiff of snow, I am launched back in time to my first grouse hunt on that cold December day in ’58.

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Thirty-plus years in communications. Twenty-plus years in technology. BSc AgSystems Mngmnt, Purdue University. Outdoor communicator. Lifelong outdoorsman, designer, marketer, entrepreneur, heritagekeeper. Creator of eLITHOGRAPH and ePHOTOGRAVURE.

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  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...about 6 years ago

    great image

  • Thank you Paul, glad it caught your attention enough to pause to make a comment; much appreciated. I’m pleased you find this eLithograph© worthy of your visit and a comment. Your own portfolio is very impressive and I enjoy returning to view specific pieces … a few of which I’ve Fav’d myself.

    – J Leslie Booth

    BLYTHARTabout 6 years ago

    Yes, I definitely like your work … you are an artist who uses his camera as a brush … brilliant!

  • Again, I thank you Blythart for your open comment on my work. This piece did have a photographic genesis. But like many of my eLithographs©, Ruff Double is a compilation of several elements: both photographic and artistic.

    – J Leslie Booth

  • KristineNora
    KristineNoraabout 6 years ago
    : ] very nice visual and mind image … : ] k
  • Kristine,
    Thank you for the comment. Tickling the visual and synaptic response is the desire of every artist. Glad my work connected with you. ”. )

    – J Leslie Booth

  • GraemesDesigns
    GraemesDesignsalmost 6 years ago

    Superb image. Damascus barrels? Have to be – looks like a pin fire too! Beautiful gun

  • Graemme … well, I’m honored to get another nod from you. Yes, the gun, I believe is a Damascus barrel. It’s a hammergun as you note; pin fired w/ a right-side lever. I am not sure of the make/model. I believe it’s from the 1870-1890 era though. I have a few ‘feelers’ out as I’m doing a second short-story; a follow-up to the one accompanying this image; and I really would like to know some specifics on the gun. Once I find that information I’ll add it to the info on this image.

    Thanks again for stopping by and posting a comment.

    – J Leslie Booth

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago


  • Ann Rodriquez
    Ann Rodriquezabout 5 years ago

    Good stuff…good stuff indeed. Beautiful.

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