Nature’s Kiss

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Tiny wings flutter inconspicuously through the shrubs in search of a sweet treasure. She softly lands on the hibiscus without so much as a single grain of pollen lost. The flower though covered in raindrops receives the visitor well and shelters her from the still falling rain. The butterfly repays this kindness with a gentle kiss. In the natural world there are no small favors or entitlements to get in the way of harmony.

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Sitting By The Kanawha River

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The mighty Kanawha River rolls lazily through the valley making it’s way to join the Ohio River on its way South. The sheltering shade of the Oak and Sycamore invite me to escape the heat of the midday sun.Image Titled “The Alabama Headed Upstream 71420b”

The cloudless sky merges it’s hue with river as the unmistakable sound of a tow boat announces that a barge is moving back upstream for another load of coal.

Image Titled “The Alabama 71420”

It’s the Alabama. I know very little about life onboard one of these boats but I’ve always thought that converting one for touring the Eastern river system.

The boat soon motors out of sight and the wake subsidies once more into a consistent texture leaving me to settle back onto the tailgate of the big blue truck and enjoy the gentleness of the shade and river. And of course, watch the Cardnial as he returns to the railing of the old gang plank.

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The Male Pipevine Swallowtail Encounter On July 26th.

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The midday sun hovers high over my mountain illuminating the patch of Rose Of Sharon bushes on the edge of my yard. As I step around the corner the freshly opened flowers are alive with bees, wasps and butterflies. I began to move in closer and when I do the butterflies retreat a little deeper into the sea of flowers. I suppose that the phrase “Chasing Butterflies” is cliche for a reason. I cautiously step into the high weeds using the camera monopod to probe for snakes until I reach the open spot where a deer had bedded down the night before. If I set still long enough they’ll come back I promised myself. The bumblebees and carpenter bees float effortlessly between blooms with so much pollen covering their bodies that they look as thought they’ve flown through a snowstorm. And then finally the sun catches the iridescent blue hind wings as they move through the thick underbrush. I waited and watched and for several minutes I thought the male Pipevine Swallowtail would work it’s way the other direction. The suddenly he turned and came back as if he suddenly remembered something that he’d forgotten. The long lens only provides a narrow opportunity for focusing in the confined space but as the butterfly hovered for a moment before landing everything came together. The buzzing of a mosquito in my right ear distracts me for moment and the reflex to deal with the annoying creature gets the better of me. But when I look back up the Pipevine Swallowtail is gone and a second mosquito is trying to land on my face. The swarm has found me and that means it’s time to step away from their hunting grounds. I’ll be back out to the patch in a few days to chase the butterflies again.

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The Mid Summer Stroll On Peter’s Creek.

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The road ahead of me shimmers in the heat of the July sun. A lone cicada drones out from an unseen location in the trees that grow on the banks of Peter’s Creek. His only drive is to find out if he’s the last of the 17 year brood. My foot drags slightly on the hot pavement causing me to kick up a small stone. As the pebble comes to rest what looks like a piece of debris springs into the air revealing papery wings. The wings are dark brown with yellow margins that flash slightly as they oscillate. The buzzing noise they make as they carry the insect is reminiscent of a rattlesnake. The grasshopper’s auditory bluff startled me at first but but I had to laugh as saw him wing his way into the tall grass for cover. I noticed that Ironweed and Joe Pye weed are beginning to reach for the sky and some even have the hard little knots that will soon open and fill the air with a sweet aroma of late Summer and early Fall. A splash from the creek pulls my attention back to the other side of road and for a moment I wondered if the lone cicada had ended gi s season. But no, just then he starts up again. At last my eyes fall onto the hardy little Black-eyed Susans quietly looking up into deep blue of the mid summer sky as if searching for a sign from Heaven of their timing. I draw a little closer to the golden pedals and smile as I snap the shutter and grant immortality to their beauty. And in that moment they seem to smile back.

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Silk Tree

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The warm humid air carries a sweet scent as I cross the little bridge over Peter’s Creek near Panther Mountain. I stop the big blue truck in the middle of the bridge and look over the edge I see the silky pink puffs that connect Appalachia to an ancient civilization on the other side of the world.

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This beautiful delicate bloom would have once graced the landscapes of ancient Persia. As a child I learned about the hanging gardens of Babylon as one the ancient wonders of the world. Today there’s a little controversy over if it was Babylon or Nineveh but either way it’s safe to presume that it was the Persian culture in one form or the other. We also tend to think of ancient Persia as the desert that Iraq is today but I don’t really believe that’s accurate. There’s evidence that as recently as 5000 years ago the Sahara Desert in Africa was a lush landscape with a large river. If that’s true then perhaps ancient Persia was also a climate more like Southeastern North America today. And I think that the Persian Silk Tree is evidence of that.

Image Titled “Silk Tree 70620c

The tree is tolerant of hot dry conditions that we see in the region of modern Iraq but in the the humidity of the Southern United States it thrives to point of being invasive. The dried seed pods spread on the wind similar to Honey Locusts and other pod bearing trees. However I would be amiss not to mention that the humidity also encourages a particular blight that shortens the lifespan of Silk Tree here.

I grew up calling this tree a Mimosa but the scientists who decide on what classifications a tree falls into chose to remove it from Memosea and into the Fabaceae family with trees like Redbud and garden plants like peas.

Image Titled “Silk Tree 70620d”.

Regardless of the name it seems to be a particular favorite of butterflies. While there didn’t seem to be any butterflies visiting the tree on the day that I took the photos I have seen Swallowtail Butterflies if every kind swarming the pink blooms. But this brings me to a personal conflict with myself concerning the Persian Silk Tree. While it produces a high quality food for the adult butterfly population it also crowds out the plants that many of those same butterflies host their eggs on. Eventually this leeds to a decline in the population of native species. West Virginia is already experiencing a crisis in the native firefly population and because silk tree is a pioneer species that means that it competes with the pines. Because the litter from pine needles create a good habitat for fireflies to reproduce it’s possible that Silk Tree along with other escaped non-native trees and bushes could be one of many factors leading to the loss of fireflies. But that’s just my theory for now. And nurseries are already trying to develop a sterile version of Silk Tree that provides the beauty and the nectar but isn’t capable of producing viable seed. It is possible that pollen spread to wild strains of Silk Tree would also produce seed that not viable and thus slow down the spead of the invasion.

My grandmother used to tell me that there was times when we had to laugh with the sinners and cry with the saints. It was her way of saying that you take the good with the bad in life and that sums up my thoughts on Silk Tree. It’s a beautiful plant that I enjoy seeing and smelling but it’s also one that I keep an eye on and don’t want to allow to spread more than it has already. There has to balance in everything.

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