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False Rue Anemone In The Afternoon.

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The late afternoon is already blending into early evening as I reach my little sanctuary on little elk mountain. The procession of the Appalachian Wildflowers brings a new pleasure on a daily basis. My land is painted in a matrix of tiny little dots. Some are colorful and others are white. The one in tonight’s feature image caught my attention when I noticed the delicate shape of the tiny leaves being somewhat reminiscent of a mitten. I was thrilled just to see something green popping up through the duff but the little white flowers opened and revealed the world of glory inside. The bloom was capped by a golden crown. And the little flowers seem to fix their gaze on the sun as it began it’s descent into the West.

The flowers are called False Rue Anemone and it’s one that I’ve only just begun to look into so for now I am just thankful to enjoy it’s simple beauty.

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It’s All Connected & About To Wake Up.

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The warm morning air carries the scent of the moss and the rich humus mingled with the stones in the creek. Erupting through the moss and scattered leaves are the tiny flowers that showcase the Appalachian Spring. When you pull back the humus and examine the roots it’s obvious that the network of roots are more complex than the circuit board of any supercomputer. It’s all connected with a mat of fine filaments called mycelium. The entire forest is a living information system. I’ve always appreciated the beauty of the mountains and the forest but wasn’t until recently that I began to understand that the smaller plants that cover it all serve purposes beyond the need for pleasant human experience. After the ages since Adam was cast from the garden of Eden mankind is just now beginning to rediscover the secrets that he was most likely programmed with at his conception. Even the humble little flowers like the Dutchman’s Breeches in tonight’s feature image are constantly collecting and transmitting data through the network. Perhaps because they’re in full growth before the majority of the trees awaken they’re transmitting information about the soil conditions and weather to the trees. I have noticed that the maple family doesn’t open their buds until the Dutchman’s Breeches bloom. It’s the natural calendar in action. One that marks God’s seasons and they tell me that it’s time to remove the snow blade from my tractor and attach the mowing deck. I can put my heavy jackets away get ready for the grand awakening that’s soon to come.

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Enjoying A Little Tranquility In The Mountains Of Nicholas County

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The warm night brings a morning rain and the little creek in my yard swells. It’s run to the Gauley River quickens as it playfully swirls around the exposed stone. I have to admit that the stay at home orders have been a bit of a blessed in disguise for me. Instead of stealing a few minutes while on the road I’ve been able to enjoy a full hour of solitude on my mountain. I was even able to slip away to the neighboring mountain today and enjoy the majestic view of the Gauley River.

A quick cellphone panorama of the big blue truck stopped on Panther Mountain.

The trip is normally only available to me in weekends but the absence of a commute and the lingering daylight meshed together to bring out the opportunity.

I’ve stated before that having a moment of tranquility is just as important to health as eating right and exercise. Between the mass media and pressures of modern life the mind becomes cluttered and the mind is the gateway to the spirit. Everything we see, hear or experience becomes a part of our whole being. Some things are unavoidable. Everyone has a little clutter here and there in there mind. But the mind is only a gateway. Yes. It can let things in but a gate works in two directions. We can also use it to move the clutter out. For me that means spending time in the natural world. I believe that it’s something that’s common to all of humanity. Sitting by a stream and watching the water swirl around the rocks or making the egress up a seldom used mountain pass with windows down and listening to the woodpeckers call and drum helps to open that gate and set the clutter out by the curb. Even if it’s not something that is available to you at the moment you can close your eyes and call forth the details of your own little spot in nature. Perhaps the images I provide can help but however you do it be sure to enjoy some tranquility today.

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A Day With The Red King & His Queen

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A lone song rings out across the hill as stepped out for a breath of fresh air. I’ve come to call the male Cardnial that frequents my land “the Red King”. Like all male Cardnials he finds the highest perch he can for his song.

If you sit and actively listen to them his gives a short chirp between songs. He’s answering his mate in the lower branches.

Typically, female Cardnials stay in the lower branches.

Male and female Cardnials stay in constant communication. The experts say that they actually develop local dialects.

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Their language is sophisticated enough for the female Cardnial to actually give the instructions about what to bring back to the nest.

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Cardnials mate for life and when the nest is active the female stays with the babies to ward off predators. So ordering takeout kinda makes sense.

The Red King calls a few minutes and sure enough an answer is heard coming from a thicket on the other side of the property and the Red King darts off to his queen. I’m betting that he stopped by the feeder to pick up some thistle seed on his way home. 😉

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Forage Friday #51 Virginia Spring Beauty

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My mountains are filled with tiny little smiles in the form of spring wildflowers. Their numbers seem to double every day. As the Virginia Spring Beauty is one of my favorite Spring flowers I decided to study up on it a little more.

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Always seek a positive ID on the plant before consuming. Medicinal values of the plants are given in a historical context and I am not a doctor or formally trained herbalist.

One of the common names for Virginia Spring Beauty is “Fairy Spud”. The plant does have a corm that resembles a small potato. The corm was eaten both cooked and raw by native Americans and the colonists. In fact the whole plant is edible. The plant us rich in vitamins A and C.

It’s interesting that a lot of the early Spring forage plants are rich in vitamin C. I’ve always believed that God would place what we need the most in the most abundance at the times we need them. In Spring when illness is prevalent the common go to is vitamin C for many people. And while the experts are constantly changing their minds about how effective that is it’s also a common recommend thing to take your vitamins. When those vitamins and minerals are in the form of natural food it’s said that the body is better able to make use of them.

The Native Americans also made a pultice of Virginia Spring Beauty and placed it on the eyes to treat “Eye problems”. The internet research materials are pretty vague about what kind of eye problems. This could be anything from allergies to nearsightedness and there’s no real record of how well it worked. However, Medicinal science does recognize that Vitamin A is important for ocular health. In fact it plays a big role in how well people can see at night. And, according to Google vitamin A absorbs very well topically so the First Nations people just might have been onto something.

The very fine roots that spread out from the crom were also used by the medicine man. They were dried and ground into a powder to treat convulsions in children. Now, I can’t really overstate how dangerous it would be to substitute a modern medicine with Virginia Spring Beauty for the purpose of treating a serious medical condition. I only present that here for the trivia value and that purpose alone.

An unopened Virginia Spring Beauty in the leaf litter shows just how tiny the flow is.

The plant is edible but really small. For foraging purposes a person could conceivably devastate a local population and only have enough for one meal. But there’s an option for those who want to grow it either for food or just to wake up one Spring mornings to find their landscape covered in little pink striped pedals. The seed pod will be tiny and triangular. The seeds will mature in early Summer according to the Lady Bird Johnson website they should be sewn immediately. I have read on a different source that in order to germinate they need to endure 30-40 days of being frozen.

They will require partial shade and acidic soil. They prefer rich humus.

They’re a perennial flower so they’ll come back year after year and they have potential as a cash crop. Currently, this “common” Appalachian Wildflower’s seeds are listed as $200 per ounce on the top listing of the Google search. To put that in perspective, that’s the starting price for an ounce of medical marijuana. If course harvesting an ounce of Virginia Spring Beauty seeds could be pretty labor intensive unless you can figure out a way of automatically catching the seed when they’re ejected from the pod.

Irregardless of the food and medicine from Virginia Spring Beauty it is another welcoming sight for my morning walk in early Spring.

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One Appalachian Mountain Spring Morning.

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My songbirds are in full chorus as I make my way to my little forest sanctuary for a few minutes of tranquility. The late March air is cool and crisp but the soil is still charged with previous day’s sun.

I happen to look down and spot the little Virginia Spring Beauty standing proudly with pink striped pedals as if the Earth was saying “Look what I did!”

The guides say that this little plant with its peppermint candy colors and generally cheerful appearance a “common” wildflower. But just because something is plentiful shouldn’t imply that it’s common. The flowers will only last a short time during which they feed some 23 different species of native bees. They also have some food value for people but I’m going to go over that in tomorrow’s Forage Friday post. For now I’m content to simply enjoy their appearance and sit quietly in their presence among the budding trees and listen to Cardnials as they sing from the highest perches they can find. I’ve began to keep an eye out for the Fiddleheads that should soon unfurl and push back the leaves. I became fully immersed in nature to the point where was acutely aware of even the popping sounds of small insects jumping in the dry leaves. Then, the morning sun casts a beam across the moss covered log that serves as a boundary market and and sun dial. It’s nearly time for me to make my way back to the house and begin my day job. But not without taking a few more shots for tomorrow night’s post.

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A Brief History Of The Glen Ferris Inn.

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The cold night air gnaws on my exposed skin as I stand outside the welcoming light of the old inn.

To me the Glen Ferris Inn has always been as much a part of the Kanawha River as the rocks that make up the falls. I knew that the building was old but I really didn’t know the history.

It wasn’t really known as “The Glen Ferris Inn” until the 1920s.

There’s evidence that it may have been built as early as 1815 by two unnamed Irishmen. Who later sold it to Aaron Stockton, grandson of Richard Stockton who’s signature appears on the Declaration of independence.

A lot of people think a liquor license was unknown in the USA prior to the age of prohibition in the early 20th century but history shows that Aaron Stockton applied for a license to serve alcohol to guests of the Inn in 1839 when it was known as “Stockton’s Tavern”.

By the 1860s it was the Union Quartermaster’s supply depo and internet research say that lasted until 1861.

My interest in the history of the Glen Ferris Inn was given life when I was told that the old stone wall with the waterfall that I often photograph was the old Stagecoach road’s retaining wall and that the “Stockton Inn” was a major destination along the route.

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The old Stagecoach road’s was known as the “Midland Trail” and I presume that’s why Route 60 is know by the same name today. It would be an interesting project to trace the old Stagecoach road’s in West Virginia and explore the abandoned settlements reclaimed by the forest today.

In 1874 the Glen Ferris Inn had survived the American Civil War but nearly fell to a problem that plagues our state even today. The industry ( at that time the railroad) simply passed it by and began delivering passengers and their purses to a different hotel on television other side of the Kanawha River. In fact the new hotel ( Named the Kanawha Hotel ) was so close that owners of the Stockton Inn could look across the falls and watch their rivals prosper while their own business failed. I can imagine the heartache of sitting in the majestic Victorian Inn and staring at the unused keys and empty dinning area while listening to the voices of the crowd on the other side. The owners at the time would have dreaded the sound of train approaching.

At some point, I’m unsure of the date, the Stockton Inn was sold to Union Carbide and became known as the The Glen Ferris Inn. The 15 rooms and 2 suites with a formal dinning room and riverside dinning room became lodging for the men who built the hydroelectric plant at Kanawha Falls and the hydroelectric dam at Hawk’s Nest State Park. But fate was not done with extracting a toll for history. The worst industrial tragedy in American history took the lives of residents of the Inn through silicosis. In the early days of the industry the men who dug the tunnel had their lungs destroyed by the rick dust from their tools. Many of them were either African Americans or immigrants ( possibility Irish or Italians) and they are said to be buried in a mass grave near Summersville Lake.

From there there’s a gap in what I could find but the story picks up in 1981 when the Glen Ferris Inn was purchased by Elkem Metals and the hydroelectric plant used to supply the foundry in Alloy, West Virginia.

Then in 1991 then Inn finally achieved historic status. And by 1996 it was owned by Dan and Becky Hill of Glen Ferris who sold it to the current owners Brigadier General Harrison Gilliam and major Thomas Wills in 2017 who have vowed to be caretakers of history and preserve the old Inn for posterity. I’ve never really set foot inside the Inn myself but I do see the cars and kayaks of the lovers of the rivers who come to shoot the rapids and enjoy beauty of the mountains.

A gathering of the Shay Reproduction Roadsters parked outside the Glen Ferris Inn .

I’m sure that I’ve overlooked at least some of the history and since my blog is read by locals who far better versed in the local history than I am it would be great for them to tell what they know or correct any errors in my accounting of the history with a comment below. 😊

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