Echoes Of A Lifetime

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The cool morning air sweeps across the weathered wood and rusted tin roof of the old barn on Muddelty Creek. The marsh in back of the barn seems oddly silent. All summer the reeds and rushes were teeming with life. Today only a single yellow butterfly skips over the cattail down and ruby red rose hips. I turn my attention to the old barn. It seems to be missing more of its rusted tin roof. It sags a little more than I remember from my last trip.

Barns are the heart of the homestead. They house the animals and store the feed. It’s normally where at least some of the equipment is held. It’s where the hands are happy. Busy hands are happy hands of course. Barns are the engine that powers a life close to the land. Sometimes they smell like hay and grains. Sometimes it’s the animals or even grease and oil from the machines. It all depends on the purpose of the barn which often changes in the course of a lifetime. The sounds of a barn will range from the livestock to growl of a diesel engine but it always includes human voices. Conversations between fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, siblings and friends and any combination there of are soaked into the rough hewn walls and beams. The voice of the barn is their echoes and the story it tells us is that they slept in the house, but they lived here.

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The Gathering Of The Clans

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Tonight’s post is of course fictional. I have borrowed from bits and pieces of multiple ancient cultures to create a story just for the entertainment. To the best of my knowledge no such culture ever actually existed. But, it could have.

I have an affinity for earthworks and megalithic structures. There’s just something that fires the imagination where the arcane past is concerned.

In my mind’s eye I can see a mist covered plane with primitive huts built from Mastodon bones and tall grasses. A thin wisp of smoke rising from a central fire. The huts are arranged in a wheel pattern. Each spoke of the wheel contains a hut near the hub with a primitive flag made of corse fiber. These are the dwellings of the chieftains. The patriarchs of this society have called a gathering. They are here ceremoniously to unite the clans into one nation. Their sons stand guard and the eldest is the chief’s escort as the ceremony begins. The people if clans sit silently in doorways of their huts waiting for the signal that an agreement has been reached. The Chieftains’ negotiations are mostly ritual as they sit around the stone slab while they are served bread and wine that was blended from a small portion of each clans supplies. By partaking in the meal each chieftain signifies his agreement to the gathering. As soon as the meal has ended each chieftain stands and faces his people while blowing the same note on a horn. At the sound of the horns the people cheer and the gathering has officially begun. For the next season of the moon there will be open trade between the clans. In some casses there will marriages between them. The clans are spread out across the land most of the time and this is opportunity to obtain fine quality resources that are not abundant in the home region. The gathering is so successful that it becomes tradition and that original stone table where it all began is memorialized in a stone circle.

Not far from my home there are ancient stone works and the property my father grew up on had a stone staircase that was covered with petroglyphs. They are silent witnesses to ages that are lost to history. Occasionally we find a stone arrowhead or a celt ( Stone axe ) in a creek or a field and suddenly we’re touching something that connects us to lives we can only imagine.

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Connecting The Circles

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My big blue truck rolls to a stop at the three rivers. A soft breeze flows down the mountain and gently shakes the leaves. A deep slow breath released me from the day’s cares as I listen to the birds chattering in the undergrowth. Bridges symbolize transition making them perfect spots to shift attitude away from the corporate culture and back into real life. If I’m still enough I can pick out the individual birds and hear the rivers gently lapping at the rocks on shore. I close my eyes and I can feel the direction of the sun on my skin. Up on the mountain the birds fall silent as a buck strolls through browsing the leaves. A crow gives three quick caws behind my as he flies through to alert the others of my presence in the empty parking lot. The world is made of concentric circles and they all connect if you can just push back the noise and let them speak to you. It only takes a few minutes to regain my center and clear away the mental clutter. I climb back up into my big blue truck and head home with a renewed sense of peace.

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The Moment Of Change

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The wind carries the familiar scent of newly fallen leaves. Change is literally in the air. As I stand in my yard with my eyes closed and accept the touch of the cool dry breeze I can hear the leaves tumbling through the branches. We’ve been in a drought at the end of Summer and a few trees are dropping their leaves early. My boxelder sports a heavy crop of winged seeds that will soon flutter in the wind like little helicopters. If I continue to strain my ears I can hear the squirrel playing in the fallen leaves and a woodpecker laughing at his antics. Last night I listened to the mountian tell it’s nightly story. The owls held congress and the question of who echoed in darkness. To which the bush crickets answered “Katy did”. The moment of change has come to the Appalachian Mountains. I have hope that the setting sun will paint my world with the beautiful colors of Fall.

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Closed Connection

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The union of man and machine is qhat makes modern life possible. Our ability to travel beyond the constraints of time in ways that our ancestors couldn’t gives us a reach that was outside of their grasps. And yet, that device can so easily become a gilded cage. Occasionally we need to exit from the drive and enjoy the fresh air.

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The Tiny Explorer

Hello friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Tiny Spider On Thistle”. All of the photos are my original work and are available for purchase by following the instructions at the bottom of the article.

Sometimes I wonder if God gave thistle it’s spines because He knew that we’d have black and white photography. I have become intrigued by the way the texture of thistle is brought out in monochrome. On this particular day I did a lot of from the hip photos. Something would catch my eye and I would quickly snap several photos and move on to the next opportunity.

As I was doing the bulk selections of which thistle images to keep and which ones to delete I noticed a speck on the bulb. Anything that breaks the pattern gets my attention. I zoomed in to find a teeny tiny spider hiding in the spines

With spiders the males are typically much smaller than the females. So I’m guessing that this is a little guy.

I regret not paying close enough attention to the thistle while I was on site or I might have switched to a macro lens and picked up more detail of the spider himself. But, as it is I began to zoom in and discovered that he’s got the whole lower half of the flower bud wrapped in his web. He is well on his way to conquering his entire world. I began to see the little spider as the soul inhabitant of a flower sized planet and the surrounding buds as his solar system with the two smaller buds as twin moons.

Guessing by the overall body shape I’m thinking that he’s a roving spider. Eventually he’ll move to the other two buds and beyond spreading his web as he goes. One day he’ll decide that it’s time to explore his tiny universe and he’ll literally reach for the stars. Believe it or not, spiders can fly. Especially when they’re this small. Scientists call it ballooning but it’s really more like the flight of a kite. He’ll climb up to the highest place he can find and let his web into the wind. When enough wind catches the web the spider will sail through the air like a dandelion seed. A tiny explorer who goes wherever the wind takes him.

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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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