As a crept softly through the moss covered landscape the Cardnials dart excitedly through the thick underbrush. They’re engaged in their mating rituals that are as old as the forest itself. It still a bit early but I’m betting that if I was here st the right time I could spot an eft making it’s way back to the water for the last time before becoming fully aquatic once more. Perhaps this is something that I should watch for in the days ahead. I’m particularly drawn to this section of my property. The steep landscape makes it a challenge to go very deep into the mountain with my camera equipment during the wet season when the alluvial terrain makes foot placement crucial. But that’s also the season that yields the best flow of the little streams that feed Little Elk Creek. Especially now that the moss has begun to colonize the rocks that line the stream. I expect that in the upcoming years that it will grow thick and plush bringing a primeval feel to this little hidden sanctuary. As I admire the soft green surroundings and the flow of hundreds of little cascades it’s easy to imagine that the stream flows from some hidden ancient temple deep in the forest. And that if I could trace it to the source I’d be sure to find some pre-columbian treasure. Not gold or silver but worked stone points and effigies carved into the sandstone. Common items like the stone bowls used to grind hickory nuts into meal. In my imagination I can hear the women singing chants to rhythm created by stone pounding together. I can almost smell the jerked meats curing over a fire and hear the voices of the children as they play in the open forests.
As the shutter snaps closed the moss and peaceful flow of stream is preserved in my lens and the imaginary village is filed away to be recalled on another day.
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