Focus on the Camouflage!

Derived from the French word camoufler – to disguise – camouflage has a very long and interesting history pre-dating WWl.

In the ’TIME’ article “A Brief History of Camouflage” (M.J. Stephey, 2009) Stephey states that in 1909 Abbot Thayer authored “Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom” which quickly “became required reading for the U.S. Army’s newly launched unit of camoufleurs”.

So why would this be required reading?  Because the animal kingdom is full of wonderful examples of disguise artists extraordinaire!

From the scientific study of algorithms and “clutter metrics” to the guy that took tie dye pants/coat outfits and drew tree trunks with a magic marker to disguise himself while hunting… M.J. Stephey sums up the history of camouflage as very simply – a survival tactic.

Now I know we may not currently need camouflage for our survival, but when many of us enter into the wilderness, our main goal is to blend in so we can become a part of our surroundings and see the many secrets hidden in the forests and meadows.    By wearing camouflage, we can get closer to unsuspecting birds and animals than we could if we were in our regular street clothes.

As of late, camouflage has also become something of a fashion statement, in that we see varied patterns on all manner of clothing articles from ladies lingerie to prom dresses.  Camo’s not just for the men anymore!

Let me show you what I mean…

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This pretty camo pattern is called “Naked North Snow” and can be found on all manner of ladies clothing on the Smittys Rancho website like this cute Henley Night Shirt brought to us by Wilderness Dreams.

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If you’re looking for something camo, but a little bit more feminine, there’s the “Naked North Pink” camo pattern in this pretty Wilderness Dreams Baby Doll Set… though I don’t recommend this pattern or outfit for a walk in the woods!

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Or maybe you’d like just a subtle splash of pink on your comfortable camo Capri’s for your backyard exploration – this pattern is called “Mossy Oak Break-Up Pink”.

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For something a bit less ‘girly’ that still gives you your ‘camo-fix’, here’s the “Mossy Oak Black Lace – Boy Short Panty”.

Ree 2014

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Camo: It’s Not Just for Hunting Anymore!

Smitty’s Rancho Camo Tennis Tote
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With it’s beautiful True Timber MC2 Snow Camo with bright yellow accents or Mossy Oak Infinity with turquoise trim, I’m walking in style onto the tennis courts. The practical side is the pockets on the front and back for cell phones, keys, etc., and very affordable. Pre-order yours on SmittysRancho.com! Game on!

Wilderness Dreams Tankini Top
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The fabric dries quickly, keeps its’ shape, is cool and beautiful. A built-in bra eliminates the need for any other support, so this top is perfect for days at the gym, in the pool, in a kayak, on the court, or even as a camisole underneath your long-sleeved top for layering warmth.

Rolling Duffel Bag with Pink Trim
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Camo and pink has been hitting the fashion shows big-time lately, so don’t be left behind without this pretty rolling duffel.  Zippers and pockets keep everything safe and secure, durable fabric, wheels, and handle will get you through the airport without hassle, and it’s carry-on size, too!

Weber’s Womens Tri-Fold Wallet
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A beautiful compliment to my purse is this camo wallet with pink trim from Weber’s. Lots of compartments for credit cards, change and bills. Even stuffed full it zips and snaps shut.

Shady Lady Rifle Cases with Shell Pockets
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The patterns available in the oh-so-pretty rifle cases made by Shady Lady Shooting must be seen to be fully appreciated. The shell pocket on the outside is not just for shotshells, ladies. Keys, driver’s license, etc., will fit. The inside is soft and cushiony to protect your firearm.

Camouflage Fabric Designs: What Would You Name Them?

I took my walkabout early this morning before I went to the office. The air was crisp, the sun was just peeking over the horizon, and the leaves are just beginning to show the colors of Autumn. I got to thinking it would be great to see these patterns in camouflage fabric. What would you name them?

Sun-Kissed Grass
sunkissedfern

Hydrangea Puddles
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Shades of Shade
camofern

Green Veins
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Water Lilies
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Looking Up
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What would you name these patterns? Tell me in the comments below! And be sure to visit our website at SmittysRancho.com for the latest in camo.

The Best of Wilderness Dreams

“Whaatt?” – That was my response when someone asked me to pick my favorite Wilderness Dreams pieces. I love them all!! So these are my ­most-worn, most versatile and most comfortable pieces.

Wilderness Dreams Mossy Oak Break-Up Camouflage Pink Belted Swim Skort
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I wear this little skirt for everything! I swim in it, play tennis in it, wear it to the mall, hang out in it at home, and play volleyball in it. It’s designed with comfort in mind and doesn’t ride up whether you’re running full speed ahead for the save on the court, or lazying around on a lounge chair or pool chair. The low hip line keeps me feel fully covered, but still stylish. I get lots of comments on this!

Wilderness Dreams Naked North Snow Lace Boy Short Pantie
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There just can’t be enough said about the comfort of these little boy short panties. The non-roll elastic keeps the legs and waistline in place without sacrificing looks. They come in four different patterns of camouflage and are completely invisible under clingy slacks, leggings or dresses.

Wilderness Dreams Mossy Oak® Break-Up® Cargo Board Shorts
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My hubby and son-in-law both wear these shorts everywhere. The perfect swimsuit, dress shorts (they really look spiffy with a nice golf shirt), golf-or-tennis shorts, with their deep cargo pockets and comfortable non-roll waistband. They dry really fast, and keep looking new wash after wash.

Wilderness Dreams Mossy Oak Break-Up Camouflage Hoodie
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With the weather turning cooler here in the Northeast I find myself reaching for my hoodies. Probably the most worn in our family of girls is this camouflage that ranges from sizes XS – XXL, so the youngest ladies can wear it right along with the oldest, and we all love the shape-defining quality of the cut and fit.

Wilderness Dreams Pink trimmed Camouflage Distressed Cap
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I can’t write about Wilderness Dreams without mentioning my ball cap! Again, I wear it for everything, whether hitting tennis balls (of course), camping, a casual day shopping, cycling or watching an outdoor sport. Completely adjustable, so I’ve had to “share” it with the granddaughters, who will be getting their very own this Christmas.

Wilderness Dreams Mossy Oak Break-Up Camouflage Capri
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These capri’s make the perfect lounge pants, pajamas or cover-up for a swimsuit, or a casual trip to the store. The low-rise waist makes them “sit” in the perfect spot and the elastic in the legs allows you to adjust the length according to your comfort zone. Can’t wait for a cool fall morning with my coffee cup with these on!

Ooooooh, Camo!! The Top Five Mossy Oak Products Out There

If you love being outside, whether you’re playing, working, hunting, relaxing, gardening, hiking, camping, whatever you do outside, you’re drawn to the beauty of God’s handiwork.  And is there a more descriptive picture for outside than trees and leaves?   I’m talking about Mossy Oak, of course.   It speaks of cool shade, healthy growth, summer vacations and good times to me.  And lately I’ve been drawn to the pink or pink-trimmed stuff.

Pink Camo Jeep
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My dream of owning a jeep just jumped about 3 notches on my Priorities List with the Pink Mossy Oak Jeep I just posted on Facebook. That’s sweet!

Camo Pink-Belted Swim Skort
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I have a Mossy Oak Breakup Swim Skort from Wilderness Dreams that I wear for anything and everything!  Super versatile, I wear it for tennis, swimming, shopping, even just hangin’ around the house on a hot day.

Pink Trimmed Seat Covers
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My new SUV is sporting the Mossy Oak Break-up pink trimmed Seat Covers and I’ve already got my eye on the matching floor mats, too.  Hmmm, they’d look really cool in my Pink Jeep, too.

Mossy Oak Break-Up Capris
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When it’s just a little too cool for my swim skort I reach for my Mossy Oak Breakup Capri’s (also from Wilderness Dreams).  If you haven’t tried these yet, they’re great!  They’re soft and comfy, and have an adjustable drawstring  for those days when nothing else seems to fit.

Mossy Oak Camo w/ Pink Trim Backpack
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I would be completely remiss if I didn’t mention my offspring’s offspring, and my favorite gift for the Grandkids.  You just can’t go wrong when you give them a Mossy Oak backpack!  The guys get the Mossy Oak with green trim and the girls get the one with the pink trim.  They love ‘em for travel, school, hiking, whatever!  And they come with a hydration tube for their water bottles to keep the liquids easy to get to.  (Really handy for airport, hiking, camping, biking…..well, everything!

Go to SmittysRancho.com to view some of the best Mossy Oak products for the best prices out there – So much camo, so little time!