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The Singer

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Near the boat launch below Kanawha Falls is wonderful old sycamore tree with a hollow base. The old tree has survived a multitude of floods and it roots are exposed so naturally I’m looking down as I pass beneath it’s beaches. Just a few feet above my head I heard the rustling sounds of something moving through the leaves. A tiny hunter soon emerged from a clump of leaves and began to watch me with a serious intensity. Apparently I was encroaching upon his hunting grounds. In an effort to point out that I was being very rude he flitted and fluttered from twig to twig and each time he paused to check my reaction. I snapped the feature image during one of those pauses. However, the thrush remained unimpressed and continued his nonverbal rant. Not being one to hang around when I’m unwanted I continued on to the edge of the launch to capture the falls and hydroelectric plant in my lens.

The falls and hydroelectric plant on 7-11-19

I wasn’t out of the thrush’s territory for long when I thanked with a beautiful song from his his branches

There are times when I wish that I had a full range of audiovisual equipment and could fully immerse you the experience. There’s something about a thrush’s song that just exudes happiness. I was able to find a decent YouTube video of a thrush’s song for you.

Waking up to the thrush’s song is one of the best things about the warm months. There’s was a time when I preferred to sleep with the windows open because there was no air conditioning. I would fall asleep to the Whip-poor-will and wake up to the thrush. It always seemed to herald a good day to hear those joyful notes.

As I made my way back to the big blue truck I was careful not to disturb my little friend among the branches.

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I’ve Seen The Signs

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The humid summer air made the mountain forests feel like a jungle as I stepped out of the house this morning. On my way to the big blue truck I paused to check the grass. No dew this morning. As I placed my pack in the front seat I double checked the outside pocket to make sure that I had some rain gear with me. My poncho was snuggly rolled up in it’s place. As I made my way around to the driver’s side the lonely cry of a Mourning Dove confirmed my suspicion that rain was on the way.

It wasn’t really that long ago that the weather report wasn’t really as easy as checking your phone or smart watch. The prognosticators would study their instruments and give their best guess. There was no Doppler radar or 3D modeling to aid them but still they managed to be right. Well, sometimes. Before that the real old timers would read the signs in nature. Guessing the weather predictions was as much of an art as it was a science so tonight I wanted to share a few of the weather signs that I know with you.

Red skies at night. Sailor’s delight is probably the most well-known weather sign in the western world.

The photo on the right shows the red sky above my home. There’s a bunch of complicated science that explains why the sky turns red but what it meant to the old timers was that fair weather was on its way. This was of particular interest to those at sea. I have forgotten most of spectrum but there’s a whole range of colors that are old time weather indicators. The system takes into account the time of day and the season to fortell the type of weather.

Dew on the grass means that weather will be dry.

Farmers and outdoorsman would check the grass in morning to see if was wet with dew. The Bible says that in the days before Noah a mist rose from the ground and watered the soil. I have found it to accurate that a wet lawn in morning means no rain. And that when there’s no dew the rain will happen within a couple of days of not a few hours.

The Mourning Dove is also a pretty useful weather sign. Like the frogs they always seem to sing the most prior to rain. I have no explanation for how they know what the weather will be but I suspect that at least part of it has to do with their ability to sense magnet fields. I downloaded a scientific sensor app for my phone and one of things that I like to pay attention to is the ambient magnetic fields. There always seems to be a spike before a storm. One of really strange things is how livestock seems to understand the intensity and length of the storm. If the cattle huddle together under cover then the rain storm tends to be short but if the they continue graze during the rain storm then it will last all day.

Is it possible that cattle are masters of meteorology?

A few miscellaneous indicators of are aches and pains in joints, condensation on drinks and pipes, moon dogs ( a halo around the moon ), the number chirps of crickets and where I live the leaves of the trees turn upside down.

I’m sure that if I thought about it for a while I could come up with a pretty extensive list but I want to hear about your weather signs. What do you look for other than technology to know what it’s going to be in your area?

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The Lunch Buddies

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It was hot day on the Kanawha River as my big blue truck rolled into the shade for a quick break. In spite of the humidity I opted to roll the window down and enjoy some fresh air. Little did I know that a very important business meeting was going on under the large oak trees. Being a bit of a snoop I turned down the podcast that was planning on the radio and eavesdropped on the conversation. These guys were really excited and chattering like crazy. After some strained listened I discovered that they were about to corner the acorn market! They made plans about how they would enjoy their wealth. The plan was to buy their own tree in the best part of the park far away from the hawks and owls. They have a special place for the chipmunk to come and visit and would give him his own room under the the roots where he could burrow and tunnel to his heart’s content. They would even have room for that crazy old opossossm to hang from his tail. The tree they had picked out had several abandoned woodpecker dens where they each have their own room. All they had to was to continue to collect and store as many acorns as they could carry. They paused only for a moment to update the map that they had drawn on the back of a leaf with an unburnt piece of charcoal recovered from the nearby grill. The map would help them remember where each and every hard earned acorn was stashed. They quickly hid their map in a hollow stump and pushed a large flat rock over the opening. They had finished their lunch early and after a quick game of tag around the oak they imeadiatly went back to work stashing acorns anywhere there was a hole they could commandeer. Suddenly they noticed that the guy in the big blue truck was holding his camera out of the window documenting all of their secret plans. One of them quickly disappeared behind the oak and the other one tried his best to blend into the bark.

One of the “Lunch Buddies” pretending to be invisible.

Not really wanting to interfere with their plans, I pulled the lens back into the window of the big blue truck and cranked the engine. Before I even left the shade of the oaks I could see the Lunch Buddies in my rear view mirror collecting acorns like crazy. I expect that on my next trip to the park they’ll be be living in the tree of their dreams.

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Forage Friday #17 Mullein

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My first experience with Mullein was on a frosty Fall morning. As I walked through the pasture the lush velvety leaves of the first year rosette caught my eye. I bent down to touch the leaves to see if the frost was that thick or if the plant was really that fuzzy. In spite of the frost the leaves were soft to the touch.

Mullen is a plant with a wide variety of uses. Traditionally the yellow flowers are used to make a tea for respiratory problems. One of my reference books suggested adding to flowers to olive oil and using it to treat a stopped up ear. The fuzzy leaves are often cured and used as a tobacco substitute. Although I have concerns that the active ingredient in the leaf , “rotenone”, is not any safer than nicotine. Both are considered insecticides.

(Please remember that I am not a trained expert in any kind of medicine and that any reference to herbalism on my blog are just presented as trivia.)

Mullein is native to Europe and Asia and was used by primitive societies as a fish poison. A practice that is illegal in the United States. The rotenone in the roots and seeds is a narcotic that stupefies fish. Once inebriated a person can simply reach into the water and scoop them out. I first learned about rotenone in my forestry classes and at that time it was pointed out that the DNR used it to take a census of fish population in certain areas.

In late Fall and through the Winter the seedhead is often seen standing up out of the landscape. Primitive survivalists collect these and dip them in rendered fats to make torches. Friction fire is really hard to make in the southeast of North America but Mullein stalks are said to be useful for that purpose. Once the stalk dies and dries out its ridged enough to be spun between the palms of the hands but soft enough to form a “punk” (the technical term for the hot coal formed by friction).

Another little tid-bit about Mullein comes from soil science and permaculture. It’s an indication of soil health. Soil is more than just dirt. Dirt is found on cars and in forgotten corners. But soil is a living thing. God in His wisdom has imparted a certain amount of automation to nature. Sometimes when a “weed” shows up it’s because there’s a condition that needs to be corrected. Mullein has a deep taproot that breaks up compacted soil and pulls nutrients up to the surface. My first experience with Mullein was in a pasture and the hooves of livestock are known to compress the soil. The Mullein was there to loosen up the soil and correct the problem.

It really is amazing how much resource there is in one plant.

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Things Are Just Ducky #8 The Visitors

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George the mallard smiled and gave big friendly wave of his wing as the two tourists swam by. As they quacked a hello he noticed a slight accent. They sounded like they were speaking in Morse Code. Being the good natured Mallard that he was he struck up a conversation. They were here on Peter’s Creek to camp for the summer and explore the Gauley River. George directed them to the most excellent rock a little farther down the creek. There they would find a deep hole with plenty of shad and a pond with an abundance of duckweed was just a short flight away. The visitors floated downstream and found everything just as George said. The rock was the perfect roost for ducks to camp on. There was even a hollow tree on the bank that was just right for two Merganser Ducks to cuddle in during the night and bad weather. During the hot days of summer the visitors would float down the shady creek to the Gauley River and watch the humans float down the rapids in bright colored kayaks. The ducks found it amusing that the humans needed help floating and would occasionally swim up and show them how it’s done.

One morning the Merganser Ducks woke up to see the leaves turning the same colors as the kayaks. It would soon be time to return home. As they flew over George’s park they landed for a few minutes to wish him well and promised to look him up when they returned next Spring.

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Third Watch

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The fading sun beckons the nightshift with one last spray of color into the summer sky.

Someone climbs the stairs and looks into West as the daylight fades.

Someone lights the lamp as the starlight glows in a sea of black velvet.

Someone listens to the Whip-poor-will, the Owls and the Nighthawk call into darkness.

The voices of late night radio talk shows are the only companions as the firefly echoes the sweeping Beacon

The third watch begins.

The smell of the fresh brewed coffee fills a small office.

As the night progresses the sound of the wheels in contact with pavement adds ambiance in the moonlight.

Cool breezes bring the scent of the morning dew and the last bit of coffee lingers in the cup.

Heavy eyes welcome the first spray of light with a peaceful joy and the third watch comes to a close.

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Tending Fences

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There’s definitely something about weathered wood and barbed wire that soothes the country soul. Especially when the post is covered with lichen such as the one in tonight’s feature image. The image brings back the memories of walking the fences with my grandfather. He kept his pockets full of hemp twine saved from a bale of hay so that any time we found a place where the fence sagged he could tie on another hemp lashing. He also kept a Barlow Hawkbilled folding knife in his other pocket. The hook of the knife was perfect for pruning off weeds that might be grounding out the fence. The work was easy enough. He didn’t really need help but he always came and picked me up to help him out. He just wanted to spend more time with his grandson. The conversations that took place was where I learned the most about history, religion, ethics botany and life in general. The conversations were always more important than the topics. It was the time that was important. I think that is why he always used the temporary solution if the salvaged twine to hold the fence together. He kept regular fencing tools and supplies behind the seat of his pickup truck but seldom used them. A permanent solution to the sagging fence meant that there was no excuse to walk line together. What he knew and what it took me far too long to figure out was that busy hands are happy hands and that doing work together is an expression of love.

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