Frozen forever in black and white, the young couple share a carefree moment by a stream.
Joe Humphreys stands atop a large boulder. Hes pulling up his sweetheart, their hands clasped together.
Decades later, Gloria Humphreys reached out again for the chance to join her husband at another pinnacle.
Earlier this month, Joe entered the national Fly Fishing Hall of Fame after a ceremony at The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Roscoe, N.Y.
The latest of the 84-year-old Oak Hall residents many honors recognized a lifetime of teaching, writing, filmmaking and, of course, fishing that made him a legend in the fly-fishing world.
Here are my heroes, my childhood heroes, and now my name is with them, Humphreys said. To me, its almost overwhelming.
Gloria, married for 56 years, wanted to share his triumphant moment.
All through chemotherapy, the dream sustained her.
Since April, she has been battling ovarian cancer. Over the summer her life narrowed to doctor appointments, exhausting treatment and plenty of rest at home.
Everything else fell by the wayside including the Grange Fair, a tragic loss for a Centre Hall girl.
But the Hall of Fame night, now that truly mattered. Her hubby would receive his own hall plaque, just like the ones for Robert Redford and the other 84 members.
Plus, for a change, she could wear some hair and something other than sweatpants.
That was kind of my long-range goal, back to the beginning of summer, to be able to go to the event, she said.
As the days drew closer, she grew stronger. She postponed her last chemo session, and as Joe drove separately with a fishing friend, off she went with their two daughters, Hanna Humphreys and Dolores Humphreys Barnes.
With my daughters and Gloria there, it just made it very special, Joe said.
As a member of the U.S. Fly Fishing Team, he placed high in three world championships. In 1991, he won the Michigan One Fly tournament. He once landed a record Pennsylvania trout, just one of his nearly endless string of fish stories from across the nation and around the world.
But his best catch still shares his life.
Ive always told him that I thought we were a good team, Gloria said.
She became his trusted editor for his numerous fly-fishing books and magazine articles. At one point, after she retired from teaching, she took to calling herself the business manager of Joe Humphreys Enterprises, overseeing the returns from his clinics, cable shows and videos.
But her support went far beyond editorial suggestions and financial acumen.
She let him be himself.
She let him fish.
Through the years, and even before he really got into it as a profession, I would hear: I certainly wouldnt put up with my husband being out fishing all the time, Gloria recalled.
Somehow, it never really affected me. I guess, for one thing, I started going with him, too. I used to think, If I want to see him, I guess I have to do this. And I think I realized how much it meant to him.
Joe knows his debt.
He thinks of 19 years poured into directing the Penn State angling program, the nights spent stalking the record-setting nocturnal monsters lurking in eddies, the fishing trips across the country and abroad.
He thinks of everything and his thoughts come back to one person.
I feel that as I stood there receiving my honors in the Hall of Fame, she was so much a part of me that she was receiving the honors at the same time, too, he said.
But before the final applause, he made sure to remember the first love of his life.
His mother died of cancer in 1958, worried about her boy to the end. He was still obsessed with trout, still stalking them as he did in Spring Creek and other local streams of his youth.
On her deathbed, she wondered whether he would ever change.
She said, Oh doctor, I dont know whats going to happen to my son Joe. All he wants to do is fish. I dont know whats going to become of him, Joe said.
Before Gloria, his children and his friends, all gathered in proud celebration, he let his mother know.
I looked up and said, Dont worry, Mom. Im going to be all right.
Chris Rosenblum can be reached at 231-4620. Follow him on Twitter@CRosenblumNews.