Connections

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Day’s End” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

There was a time on planet earth when sweat equity had real value. When fortunes were forged from iron and steel and the sheer will of a dedicated soul. When man was the master of his machine and he poured his spirit into the work. In those days he sew his sweat into the soil and reap gold. The good life smelled like petroleum and livestock and freshly opened ground. When dirt under the fingernail was the mark of excellence and books enriched the heart. Things made in those days were more than a commodity. They were a piece of someone’s life. A little part of the producer was embedded into the fabric of the creation. The meat on table, the hay that fed the cow and tractors that made it possible to provide a living all carried the essence of those who did the work. In such ways families were bound to each other and a healthy community was all made one blood. We can still have that connection with each other today. All we need to do is understand the value we impart to each other.

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Panther Mountain Journey 9.25.20

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Panther Mountain Journey 92520” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The big blue truck slowly climbs the county route up Panther Mountain. Lose gravel kicks out from under the tires as I gently feather the throttle up the steep curvy incline. In a few spots the overgrown branches sweep the fenders. But it’s not a problem. Instead I see it as the welcoming embrace of nature. The county has actually done a little work to the road over the summer. The new gravel filled in the ruts and open ditches that challenged even the big 4 wheel drive. I rounded the hairpin turn about 3/4 of the way to the top when a piece of road sprung to life and lifted itself vertically to the top of the embankment. It only took me a moment to realize that it was a grouse. The bird’s perfect camouflage quickly concealed its new position in a Rhododendron thicket. I hoped for a shot of the bird but dark underbrush against the highlight of sun was more than the sensor could deal with. My human eyes could see it as a shadow peaking out and bobbing it’s head from side to side in an effort to figure out what was moving inside the parked truck but it was a complete mystery to the lens of my camera. I decided to let him get away from me rather than attempting to track him to a point where I might force the shot and once more a few loose gravels are expelled as my ascent resumes. Finally I arrived at the gas well road. It’s wide enough to allow me park while being out of way of anyone making their way to the spot where the rafters and Kayakers go to launch in swollen Gauley River. I loaded up the bird song file in my tablet and sat still with the windows down hoping to draw in a curious forest resident such the big woodpecker I saw here a few days ago. The birds were a no show but I did manage to find a few interesting subjects to post at a later date. So I entered the main pass through the mountain again and made my way to a second wide spot above the valley. The view from the road is amazing.

The view from the cab of my truck on Panther Mountain. There’s only a few feet of road between the tire and the valley below.

With any luck I’ll be able to reach this spot when Fall Colors peak in a few weeks.

Stepping out of cab will my long lens I was able to spot a few Kayaks already on the river and playing with the rapids.

Even with the 300 mm lens Kayakers look like little dots on the water

The Kayaks bob and dodge through the current for a while and then continue the trip downstream.

And I too need to continue my journey to the next phase in order to get a few more photos. Until tomorrow night I wish you all a blessed day.

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Contentment On A Cool September Day

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Pipevine Swallowtail 90420a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The cooling air sweeps through the old hay field gently rocking the tall purple ironweed. It’s little harder to pick up the sweet smell of the bloom on cooler, dryer days but it’s still there. The older pipevine Swallowtail has no difficulty at all in finding her favorite meal as as she softly floats in on the breeze. Her battered wings and loss of dark scales tells me that her journey is nearly over. She’s already deposited her eggs on the pipevine in faith that her multiple broods will emerge in Spring and fill the hills with vibrant colors and joyful airial dances. With profound contentment she feeds. The fluttering of wings reminds me of a puppy wagging it’s tail as I watch through the lens of my camera. The window of my big blue truck provides the perfect cover to enjoy her beautiful routine as she explores each floret in the cluster. She seems to have no fear of me. Even though I’m using the long lens I was able to get close enough that I had to physically back away in order to focus.
With grace she works her way around the bloom lifts herself into the air. Before she departed to her next goal she flew so close to the truck window that I thought she come inside. At the last second she pulled up and circled hood a few times as if saying goodbye before riding the breeze to the far side of the pasture. Perhaps in Spring her children will also pay me a visit.

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The Echoes Of Summer 2020

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Summersville Lake 92520P1” and may be purchased through the contact page by clicking the fingernail

Summersville Lake in late September is always a bittersweet experience. Most of the people on the lake now are locals and and only a handful of boats send ripples across her surface. A small group children still play at the Battle Run swimming area. Their laughter carries across the receeding lake like summer’s last echoes. This is the Fall of 2020 and young blood has been fated to a few extra days of sunshine and pleasure. In my heart I know that it’s a more natural way of living. But the sounds of joyous freedom are mingled with the laughter of crows as well. The dark birds know full well that in just a few weeks the sun will sleep and the leaves will turn bright colors before dropping to ground. When the air is cool enough the lake will be their’s save for the most dedicated fishermen that hope to draw a walleye from the chilling depths. As I stand on the newly revealed shoreline and gaze across the waning water I find myself both mournful that the season has come to a close and yet thankful for the the solitude offered by the emptying resovore.

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Forage Friday #76 The Mushroom Dilemma

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Unknown Mushrooms 90520” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

Forage Friday is only intended to be a conversation starter and not a replacement for actually receiving an education from a qualified instructor and especially when it comes to mushrooms. My knowledge of mushrooms is extremely limited and therefore I am uncertain about the Identity of mushrooms in tonight’s post.

My forestry instructor once told us a story about an elderly woman who had decided to take up foraging for mushrooms. Now this was in the days before the internet was a common thing and you couldn’t use an app on your phone to get an ID on what you were looking at. So to the library she went and she looked at pictures of mushrooms for days trying to memorize as much detail as she could. And like a lot of people she got it wrong with a few. Her family called for an ambulance and the hospital pumped her stomach, gave her the antidote and after a few days sent her home. Not 2 days later she was back in the ER with the same problem of mushroom poisoning. The doctor was understandably concerned as to why she would endanger herself by eating the same mushrooms that made her sick the first time and asked her why she took the second risk. Her answer was that they looked so pretty. Of course my classmates and I imeadiatly made the connection between mushrooms and pretty colors and we all had a good laugh. But at the end of the day someone almost lost their life twice due to misidentification. There’s also an issue of certain mushrooms being edible but having a bad reaction to other food and drink.

Honey mushrooms are a good example of a mushroom that might make some people sick if consumed with alcohol. And that’s what I currently believe is in tonight’s feature image.

Honey mushrooms are ringless mushrooms that are actually parasites on certain hardwoods. They grow in clusters and are among the more prized by people who forage mushrooms. And they also look a lot like Jack O Lantern mushrooms.

Jack O Lantern mushrooms have a ring and gills and grow on rotting trees.

Unknown Mushrooms found growing on rotting wood in July 2020

The image on the right is a clump of mushrooms that look like honey mushrooms but because the grass is hiding the stem I cannot tell if they have a ring.

One way thats a little better to tell the difference is the spore print. Honey mushrooms have a white spore print where Jack O Lanterns have a green spore print.

The mushrooms in these photographs were growing on land that doesn’t belong to me so I couldn’t ethically harvest them for testing.

So here’s one that the readers can help me out with. Do you think they’re honey mushrooms or Jack O Lanterns? Let me know in the comments.

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