The Secret At The Top of The Staircase

The last remnants of snow seep into the forest floor revealing the old staircase. The vines and litter that coat them make for a slippery climb to the top. Taking care to be aware of my foot placement I started to ascend. My heart began to race about one third of the way up. I began to sense a trap. What would it be? Poison darts or would the huge log ahead of me dislodge itself and come rolling towards me? Or maybe the steps would just fall away and drop me into a snake pit. Nervously I take another step. There’s a creaking noise from somewhere near the top and I freeze. The tension in my legs tells me that I’ve instinctively prepared myself to spring out of the way. I began to suspect that the the trap must be that the trees will all come tumbling down and crush me. I look more closely at the next few stairs and make certain that there’s no trip wires or secret switches. Slowly but surely I take the next step and the one after that. I’m well past the point of no return as I make my way over the logs. I paused for a moment and adjusted my fedora before taking the last step and learning the secret that waits at the top. Do you want to know what I found? Can you guess the secret truth that was revealed to me? Well then, I’ll share it with you now. What I learned was… that I’ve seen way too many Indiana Jones movies and there’s nothing at the top of this staircase but creaky trees. Adventure is a state of mind that keeps us young. Thank you for joining me for this one!

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The Winter World

The new snow covers the wild places in a glistening white blanket. It’s not cold enough to freeze the moving water yet but little crystal clear balls of ice are hanging from every branch and twig. Deep within the brush tiny feet scurry throughout the landscape digging for the nuts, seeds and berries that are stashed away for hard times. The bramble is full of little wings that flutter in the tangled canes collecting rose hips and holly berries. Somewhere in the distance an old crow cackles at a joke that nobody else remembers. The winter world if full of life. We only have to look a little closer.

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To Go A Wandering

We’ll go a wandering, that’s what we’ll do.

We’ll find a path that’s straight, beneath a sky that’s blue.

We’ll take our time, we’ll do it right.

We’ll wander all day and into the night.

We’ll pass beyond the hills and into the dale. We’ll find everyday treasures and tales to tell.

We’ll have stars for diamonds and the moon for a pearl.

And the dawn will bring gold at the new day’s unfurl.

We’ll wander and wander and continue to roam, till path that we wander brings us home.

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Winter Refuge

The snow rests softly on the weathered wood. The old barn witnesses another change of season. There was a time when there was no better place to ride out the storm. The well built roof was able to shed the heaviest snow pack and the straw inside was warm and dry even without a fire. The old cliche of a weary traveler seeking refuge in the barn of a sympathetic farmer became a cliche for a reason. In a place and time when inns or motels were a rare find, the shelter of a barn was a welcoming environment. As a child I would dodge into my grandfather’s barn to hide from a sudden rainstorm or if I just got cold while playing in winter. But after so many decades of emptiness the old barn in tonight’s feature image doesn’t really even keep the light out. And yet just when you think that it’s been completely abandoned as a useless shell you see the movements inside through the cracks in the slats. A whole flock of small birds have taken the old barn as their own and whole families are kept warm and safe from the icy blasts of winter.

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The Providers

The cold December air bites my face as I approach the tree growing in the middle of Muddelty Creek. I’m not sure if it’s technically a delta but I’ve always thought of it that way. It’s almost impossible to see all of the little fingers of water that stretch out in this spot where the ducks and geese rule. I’ve come here on this wintery day to check out the scenery and seek new images and new thoughts to feed my passions. My ever active imagination wonders and in my mind’s eye I can see pre-columbian hunters riding a canoe silently through the water. With them an elder sits in silence occupying the center of the vessel. As they patrol the waters edge they stop occasionally and he mumbles a few words of prayer and gathers medicine growing in mud. A few twigs of willow here and some dried berries there. From the muddy banks they gather a few roots from the arrowleaf plant. These “duck potatoes” will help sustain them during the winter. As they paddle in a little farther they check the fish traps set out the on the prior evening. The traps are empty. They are moving towards the next set of traps when a large ripple breaks the surface of the water. The hunter in the front of the canoe takes notice and cautiously rises to his feet as the man in back of the craft attempts to bring them to halt. With a subtle thrust he sends his Atlatl dart into a spot just beyond the swirl. The stone bladed spear finds its mark and the swirl of water morphs into slashing. The huge alligator gar fish is pinned to the muddy bed of the creek by the shaft of the spear. The large fish barely fits in the little dugout canoe with the three men. The elder grins as heart swells with pride. His grandsons have learned their lessons well and fed the family with their skills.

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Evergreen

We step softly into the arboreal portions of the Appalachian hardwood forest. The forest floor is covered with a scant dusting of snow. It’s just enough to set the mood for selecting the perfect Christmas tree. The cold air reveals our breath in long curls that dissipate quickly. The smell of the spruce fills the air is we inspect the boughs for just the right shape and fullness. I produce a small axe from my pack and begin to work as you retrieve the thermos of hot chocolate and peppermint and begin to pour. Soon I have a flat spot carved into the fallen log for our traditional Christmas picnic in the woods. Next the real work begins as we hang garlands of popcorn and ornaments made from suet and seeds. We back away from the “Christmas Tree” and have a seat on the log as the small birds and animals gather for a feast. This Christmas tree will truly be evergreen.

The above story was inspired by an article in an old 4-H book that encouraged young people to create a “Living Chistmas Tee” to help the songbirds in winter as a way of caring for nature. Variations called for using small homemade bird feeders made from paper cups and filled with birdseed. If this is something that you want to try please be responsible and collect the empty cups when the feed is gone.

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Blue Treasure

Tiny wings dance in the warm summer breeze as I explore the edges of my yard. She seems so carefree as she flits and flickers from place to place. The pale blue wings are are a joy to behold as the shutter snaps. It’s as if the Spring violets came to life and took to the wind. I have watched these little butterflies my whole life and never really took the time to find out the name. At first I thought that it was “Small Blue” which is a species found in the U.K. and Asia. But with a second Google search I learned that it’s a Spring Azure. Both are from the Lycaenidae family. The internet is full of scientific data on the feeding and mating habits as well as the season and range and all of the wonderfully nerdy things that make the internet interesting. But the best part of the little blue butterflies that are spotted in the warmer months is the childlike giggle that comes from deep within the soul when they’re near.

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