Wind And Shadows In Late Fall.

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Old Sol closes his sleepy eyes a little sooner each day and the shadows grow longer. Angry winds shake the forest releasing a blizzard of drying leaves throughout my mountains. The days of the sun are well behind me now and every day the splendor of fall is washed away in the cold rain. And yet here in the shelter of my little home between two mountains a few colorful leaves still cling to branches. They flutter like triumphant little flags waving in defiance of the coming changes. The beech leaves have faded from a rich golden tone to light tan and that is sign for me to prepare my hearth for quiet days by the fire. The season always makes me reminisce of my childhood when the soft purple light fell across the land and a heavy Appalachian quilt was a fine winter cocoon for a day of laying on the couch and watching old reruns on TV. Old black and white westerns provided a connection that spanned the decades between myself and the boy my father was on those days that we watched together. I think about how much things have changed. In those days the fireplace was a heavy iron stove fueled by oak and hickory. In the mornings the first person awake would rekindle the fire from the leftover coals. It wasn’t so odd for a pre-teen to have that responsibility. I remember carefully placing the smaller pieces of wood into place with old newspapers and junk mail and soon the heat from the coals would catch them on fire. As the fire grew we could add a few big pieces of wood. Late fall weekends were special because we could put a pot of stew on that old wood stove and let it slowly simmer all day. The whole house smelled wonderful and by dinner time we just couldn’t wait to dip out a bowl.

Today, my gas fed ceramic log fireplace comes on by itself and the stews are made in 45 minutes in a computerized crock but that feeling of shelter is still the same. I can even broadcast old black and white shows to my smart TV from my smartphone while I lay back in my recliner with my pup on my lap as the wind and shadows shake the leaves outside my window.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Encounter With A Forest Curmudgeon

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A soft breeze sweeps through the old homestead site as ebb closer to the spot where the old chimney stood like a spire. In this place there always seemed to be the echoes of yesteryear and the promise of what may be coexisting. To those who are still a child at heart the forests of this world speak with a voice as true as any that was heard in classroom. I was a little bit peaked from my day’s adventure and decided that it was time for a snake. I retrieved a bottle of water and a packet of trail mix from my gear bag and surveyed the area for inspiration. As looked down the hill I leaned a bit and balanced myself by clinging to a nearby tree. “Would you kindly remove you hand from my nose!” A muffled but raspy voice demanded. My compliance with the demand was sudden indeed. The simple truth is that I rebounded from the tree so hard that fell backwards and uphill. I looked up from my position of indignantly sprawled out on my back like a misfortunate turtle to find the blue eyes glaring at me from a bark covered face. His brow was deeply furrowed and his sparsely toothed mouth was twisted into a frowning grimace. “It’s bad enough that the crows are constantly holding Congress in my branches and that I have to wait for rain to clean up the mess those starlings leave behind and now there’s a human literally in my face!” By that time I had managed to recover from the inverted turtle stance I had found myself in. “Well, speak up child! What have you got to say for yourself?” The tree continued. “Child!” I exclaimed. “I’m a full half century old!” I retorted. To which the face in the tree chuckled. “Most of my family is at least 150.” He sneered. “Great! I thought.” Thousands of acres of forests in the mountains and the tree that speaks to me is a curmudgeon.” “Look, I’m a conservation advocate. I’m a friend of the forests.” I announced. “Friends don’t go around grabbing others by the nose and swinging from it!” The tree observed. “Not that I have any friends but if I did they’d call me Walt.” The tree proclaimed. As the conversation progressed Walt’s edge softened a bit but not much. He eventually expounded on the secrets of the forests and how his brothers and sisters kept in touch through the fungi that fed his roots. About how regularly the deer pass and which paths t hey trod. About how the woodpeckers were a bigger nuisance than even the starlings. But the songbirds were okay because they kept the beetles off of him. I can’t really say that conversations with Walt are pleasant but he does seem to have a lot of knowledge to share. Perhaps when he’s in a better mood he’ll give us some interesting stories.

The only alteration that I’ve made to this tree was to add the eyes. The “face” is the work of God through nature.

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The Steady Place

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The evening light falls softly on the big river. The changing of the time has allowed me to reach Kanawha Falls with just enough light to set up my tripod and attempt a long exposure. I’m drawn to the rocks that are exposed as the water flows around them. The steady place in an ever changing world. My spirit recalls the lyrics of the old hymn “On Christ the solid rock I stand” as I watch the powerful stream of water crash over the edge. The flow of water is beautiful and calming from this side of the river but I wouldn’t want to be caught in it. It would be easy to be caught in the flow pulled down to the river bed. But on the steady place atop the rock there’s relative safety.

The world we live in is full of powerful streams of both news and rumors that would sweep us away and pull us under if we allow ourselves to caught up in them. But look for that steady place that elevated above the flow where peace reigns and dwell there instead.

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Daydreams Of A Legend

About tonight’s feature image, this is the same clump of willow trees that I have been photographing in different seasons for almost a year. I processed several versions of the photos but decided that the blue of the selenium filter gave the best feeling of a cold winter day. The image title is simply “The Wading Willows In January“.

The spray from Kanawha Falls seems to freeze in the air on this cold January morning. The wading willows seem to be wandering out of the mists as if they are on their way back to shore. The scene takes on an otherworldly feel that’s right out of Tolkien’s Middle Earth. If not for the soft whine of the turbines belonging to the hydroelectric dam it would be easy to forget that Route 60 was just a few steps away. Still, I have to wonder if there’s a monster lurking in the icy depths below. Not some “Devil Fish” of folklore with tenticals such but a real world monster. Every body of water has a legendary fish that’s more than just the one that got away. In my area it’s usually a catfish that’s large enough to swallow a man whole that live at the base of dams and bridges. Occasionally someone sees a V shape in the water or spots one near the surface. I’ve met at least one person who showed me an expensive fishing pole designed for fishing the ocean surf that was snapped off at the base and the hook was pulled out straight. They say that when the water is up that the really big ones come looking for new hunting grounds around the stumps and logs that are inaccessible otherwise. It would be great to rig up a big fishing pole with just the right bait on a day like this. Perhaps I could build a small fire to keep warm and settle the monster catfish issue once and for all. However, the real world need to be on time for my day job pulls me away from the quest and the really big one gets away again.

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Sweet Summertime

One of my favorite things about summertime is the blackberries. I have fond memories of finding a patch of ripe berries during long hike on a hot summer day. The wild blackberry is collected and brought home by the bucket load. June and July is cobbler season. Often a wonderful Sunday dinner is followed by the extra special treat warm cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream. The berry grows on a cane lined with thorns. I’ve created all sorts of contraptions in attempts to pick the berries but I seem to come home looking like I’ve been wrestling a wildcat. Sometimes the sweetness is worth the pain. A few years ago I found a patch that been mashed down in the center. I cautiously entered the patch. Something to remember when collecting blackberries is to keep your ears open for the velvet tailed glow worm. (An old-fashioned term for the Timber Rattlesnake). Satisfied that no venomous serpent was close by I began picking. I started at the top of the canes and worked my downward. I had about a half of a bucket when I suddenly realized why the berry patch had been mashed down. Do you know that old saying about what a bear does in the woods? You know, the cliche that sells toilet paper? Yeah, that one. Well, they seem to do it in the berry patch as well. In fact, as I looked around I saw that they do that a lot in the berry patch. At full alert now I finished filling my bucket before the bear came back for a second helping. Today I manage a small patch on the edge of my property. Bear free of course.