At Rest

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I’ve been told that if the devil can’t hold you back then he’ll push you forward. The modern world is constantly humming with it’s hustle and bustle and there seldom seems to be time to take a breath.

I look at tonight’s feature image and think about how chaotic and choppy the water seems to be. Like the modern world it never really stops moving with ripples that go in every direction and eddies that swirl around threaten to toss you about. But if you can that place of stillness like the little structure in the water you can hold your focus even if it’s just for a moment.

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A Foggy Morning Of Adventures Past

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If not for the roar of Kanawha Falls the river would be completely lost in the thick winter fog. The big blue truck glides to a stop along the muddy shoreline below the hydroelectric plant. The raindrops drum steadily against the metal skin of the truck as I set the brakes and hop out to catch the willows silhouetted in the foggy sunrise. The mists rise from the falls and create a wall of mystery in the background. As a child I loved to play in the fog. My young imagination filled the fog with primeval creatures like dinosaurs and wooly mammoths. Legendary beasts roamed the fields and forests cloaked in heavy mists. In the days before Link and Zelda adventure was found wandering through enchanted lands when the fog shielded my eyes from the mundane. Even today I can imagine the coils of a prehistoric serpent sliding silently through the water. With a dead branch for a spear and an innertube powered slingshot I hunted these beasts back into extinction. As I got older the evening fog served as a perfect backdrop for a game of kick the can at twilight.

Even today I’m resisting the urge to don my rain gear and set off into the mists in search of adventure. But the ticking of a clock beckons me deeper into adulthood and I climb back aboard the big blue truck and return to highway with only the image in my lens to fuel a few daydreams. Childhood it seems is toughest on those that are only young at heart.

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The Sentinel

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Throughout the night the cold North wind howled has the rain battered the glass in vain. The caretaker sat in his spot as he did every night making sure that all the machinery was running to keep the light on. In his modern lighthouse the duties are simple. If the main power goes out he flips the switch on the generator to restore power. He listens to radios in case of a distress call. That’s about it. To pass the time he tosses cards into a hat or plays solitaire. Sometimes he reads or works that Rubik’s cube that he’s never figured out. But tonight was different. Tonight one of the radios crackled to life. “Hello” was all the small voice said. There caretaker sat his coffee down with a thud that slashed a little coffee onto the 3 of diamonds. He paused and gave a disgusted grimace as he saw the stain form on the edge of card. He lifted the microphone from it’s bracket mounted on the side of the radio and gave his identification numbers along with asking what emergency was taking place. “Can’t sleep” was the only reply. The caretaker realized that the disembodied voice emanating from the overhead speaker in his office was that of child. The caretaker keyed the microphone and said ” well, you’re going to need to find some other way to deal with it. This is an emergency frequency and you can’t play on it. Go back to bed and you’ll be asleep in no time. ” After a few moments of silence the caretaker returned the microphone to it’s place. He was frustratingly trying to clean up the coffee from the edges of the cards when the radio crackled again. “I think it might be a emergency” the small voice said. The caretaker retrieved the microphone and spoke again. “Why do you think it’s an emergency?” We was dubious but his job requires him to respond. “Because I’m scared and that means it’s an emergency.” The child on the other said. “Obviously” the caretaker muttered under his breath. He keyed the microphone again. “Okay. What are scared of?” There was another long pause. “The storm. I can’t see the light of the lighthouse from here.” The child said. The caretaker thought for a moment. The lighthouse was on a hill but there was taller hills around. With the storm even the powerful beacon on his tower might be obscured by clouds and heavy rain. He transmitted his reply. “I am at the lighthouse and I promise you that the light is shining. Go back to bed and you’ll be okay.” He smiled at the cleverness of how he handled the call. But then the radio lit up again. “Yes but I can’t see it.” The caretaker knew he should have thought of that. He also knew that he couldn’t keep the frequency tied up in case a real emergency occurred. He could send a first responder to check on the child but he doubted that the child could even give the address. Then an inspiration hit. “Well then, there’s only one thing left to do. I’ll need to commission a deputy lighthouse and a deputy caretaker to be in charge.” The caretaker asked if the child had a flashlight and a roll of paper towels. The child found the items the caretaker radioed the instructions to let the roll of paper serve as a tower and to shove the flashlight into cardboard tube so that light could shine out in all directions. When the child finally stopped transmitting the caretaker looked out to see that the storm had passed long before the conversation ended. All the child needed was for someone to talk him through the darkest parts of the night. As the caretaker was locking up for the day he realized that that it wasn’t really light from the lighthouse that was needed. It was the light from inside that needed to be reveied.

Changing The World. ( An observation of action in time )

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When I first started documenting the demise of the old barn on Muddelty Creek she still had most of her roof. Now the winds have claimed the rusted tin that once was her crowning glory. The straight lines of her wooden ribs would have been crafted with loving care but now they’re twisted broken.

Even so, she fights to remain standing and rebuffs the gales of winter. The drive to exist renews her strength in spite of what the eye sees. But time will eventually be winner and one day only the footprint will remain.

In a comment to Tea With Jennifer on her post Living Life Well I mentioned the question “What have you done with your dash?”

The story goes that on your memorial there will be two dates. The day you were born and the day God calls you home. These dates are separated by a – that represents all the days in between. And that’s the most important part. That where you lived. All of the love, all of the good times and all of the struggles, everything is in that dash. What it means is up to you. As long as you have breath you are creating the future and you have a purpose. An individual might not be a super hero and save the world but you’re a super hero to someone. You might not leap tall buildings in a single bound but if you have a word of encouragement to share you might lift someone else over the top. The world is moved bit by bit and moment by moment by the many hands that do what they can as the opportunity arises.

So what have you done with your dash? You changed the world and you are changing the world still. But the direction of that change is up to you.

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Listening To Echoes

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The chill of winter has finally set in. The last couple of weeks of January and into the first few weeks of March are when the mercury shrivels here. It keeps me inside sitting in front of the fire and I think about how much the landscape has changed in my lifetime. The barn in tonight’s feature was still in decent shape when I was a kid. And there was more like it scattered across the mountains. You couldn’t really drive into town without seeing cattle out in field. There was property that kept goats and they were always seen standing on narrow ledges near the main highway. I have harvested feed corn from the parking lot of what is now an abandoned Dollar General store. There are houses and driveways in places where sorghum once grew tall enough to hide the view of the forest. Most of the side roads were single lane and the ones that were paved were paved with “Blacktop”. The asphalt mix has a high concentration of tar and even in the relatively mild West Virginia summer the roads got soft enough that we could grind the heal of our feed into road and leave a mark. I remember seeing cigarettes sold out of a vending machine for a quarter per pack. They operated by dropping the coin into a slot and pulling out a silver knob until there was click and the product fell put of the bottom. I grew up with the yearly ritual of harvesting firewood from a tree that was felled in the previous year but today I can walk up to the gas stove and have a fire at the push of a button and in some homes that can even done with a voice control. Flames in my fireplace flicker and dance as I stare into the photo of the old barn and listen to the echoes in my mind.

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Building Civilization… A few random thoughts.

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The echoes of many storms are embedded in the wooden beams. A tin roof shows the crimson marks of a river’s worth of rainfall. It’s said that time erodes the works of man and everything returns to the dust. Civilizations rise and fall and the people rebuild on the dust of the previous age. I’ve never really been the kind of person who had all of dates and names that history upholds as great but in truth the story doesn’t really change much. Those who work the land give birth to nations and those who don’t lose them. As mighty as the Roman Legions were their largest military asset wasn’t really the sword or the shield. It was the farm. In later years the Norse mastered the sea but but as soon as they reached the shore they began to work the land. In the New World Cahokia rose up and fed it’s 20k people with crops that were brought in from the surrounding land. We don’t really know for sure why Cahokia vanished but it was completely gone just prior to the the maunder minimum ( little ace age ).

I consider these things as I look at the old barn in its state of decay. I have to wonder what will rise in its place some day. Perhaps it will another barn but one that stores a wealth that we can’t imagine. Only time will tell.

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The Beautiful Little Box

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I can hear the small birds chirping just out of sight as creep along the ditch on the little side road below the interstate highway.  Winter has definitely given us a mild start and the warm weather has given me an opportunity to grab a few extra photos between errands.  I stopped in this spot because I caught a glimpse of some dark blue berries as I drove by. As I approach the vine to investigate I realized that I was surrounded by hundreds of tiny cube shaped seedheads. The top of each little box seems to be decorated with a finely carved relief carving. The ornamentation gives the little box the look of something one might find in a Victorian home. One pore in the center of the ornamentation allows seeds to escape.  The seeds themselves are so small that hundreds of them will fit on the surface of a U.S. dime.  The plant itself is nearly five feet tall.

I remembered seeing an example of the seedhead in one of my guide books but it’s not listed as food or medicine so I never really paid much attention to it. In fact it took me a couple of hours on Google just to confirm the name. Locally it’s been called rattlebox because the dry box shaped pods do make a slight rattling noise but there’s also a poison plant called rattlebox and several that go by rattleweed. So the most widely used common name is “Seedbox”. The scientific name is Ludwigia alternifolia. The genus Ludwigia tells me that it’s the same family as the primrose that adorns the edges of my yard with large yellow flowers in summer and us actually capable of listening for bees to come close. (Primrose actually sweetens it’s nectar in response to the buzzing of bees). The species name alternifolia tells me that the leaves alternate up the stem instead of growing in parallel.  In this time of year the plant takes on a beautiful orange color. The orange color of Seedbox in late December.

As a part of the ecology of Appalachia and beyond Seedbox seems to be a food source for several insects but small butterflies were named on several links.A very small butterfly takes a break in the gravel.  One of many that feeds on Seedbox.


The flower of the Seedbox closely resembles a primrose only smaller and it has that happy yellow color that makes is suitable for certain spots on my property as part of my native landscape and the fact that it attracts butterflies makes it more desirable.  As a bonus we also get the beautifully designed box in winter.  Image Titled “Seedbox 122719C”

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