The world is new to us every morning--this is the Holy One's gift and every person should believe they are reborn each day.- Baal Shem Tov

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A question about your experience navigating this web site:

I would appreciate some feedback on your experience navigating around this web site. 

  • How effective are the main menus such as the one on top of this page?
  • Are the sections linked in a logical manner, and can you make relatively easy decisions on how to get to a section of interest to you?
  • If you found yourself getting mixed up / lost and weren't sure how to get back to where you had been, in what part of the site did this happen?
  • Are the thumbnail images large enough to get a good idea of the full size images before you download the full image?  Are they too large and does their size make the page too slow to load for you. (This would be a question for dial up modem users especially.)
  • How do you find the type size and font?  Although this is in large part a function of the resolution you have set on your browser preferences, it is also impacted by the font size I have used in the creation of the page.

If you have the time, please  send me a quick email so I can continue to make improvements to the site.    Gerald at Friendly Forest / Hoop Boy  Please type this address into your address line:

By doing so you will be helping me avoid the tons of spam that arrive if I actually post my address on this site.

Check here and here to see some images of recent work.


I have been using Adobe's Dreamweaver CS3 to do work on this site.  If the visitor has web site development experience and is willing to look at my work and offer me advice, I would appreciate such.  I started off with Macromedia's Dreamweaver 3.0 many years ago, 


A Waluta, the symbol of values to be lived.

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Friendly Forest Happenings for 2019


Happy New Year from Gerald at Friendly Forest!

December 31 2018 Signing off for the year 2018, I decided to post a few of the images I captured with my camera during the month of December. We had many grey days as the Sun continued to visit the Souhern Hemisphere before its Post-Solstice return to this land. Some of those days and nights were with fog and the resulting hoar frost on everything.

There were also a few days, like today, when the Sun did look through our skies at the land it will soon re-visit and the white of a frost-covered forest is framed against a blue sky. It is when one compares the blue skies of this time of year with those of mid summer that one realizes just how much yellow light there is as the low-angled sun light is filtered by the atmosphere. These images were taken close to noon.


A few large aspen that have still survived the beaver attacks

To the North end of the pond

A bit further right of the image above. Note the long shadows from the trees on the South end of the pond.

To the North-East

Near the South East edge of the pond


Zooming in with the camera lense


Zooming out with the camera lens; taken off the edge of the deck


On a dark Saturday morning; the local moose shows itself along the inside of the pond


It pauses for a moment before ramming more of the dead tree trunks and then ambling off into the forest where some suitable browse could be found.




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