The First Fall Leaves Bring Childhood Memories

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The gentle days of Fall see the first of the change. In my part of the Appalachian Mountains we’ll see peak color in about two or three weeks. In a good color year the forest looks as though the mountains were painted to match the sunset. Brilliant leaves fill the streams in a parade of reds,yellows and golds. Among the first to turn are the dogwoods. Almost overnight the lush green leaves turn to velvety red. Small biscuits form on the twigs in promises of a beautiful Spring day when the sleeping forest will burst into bloom. I’ll be watching these buds all winter and waiting for signs of renewal.

Fall tends to bring out the kid in me which isn’t really all that hard. I look at leaves floating in the creek and I’m instantly taken back to carefree days when my brother and I hike down to the creek and race the leaves in the eddies like little boats. A stack of pebbles on the banks served as cannon balls on days that our leaf boats were manned by pirate hunters. We always found a treasure after sinking the leaves. Sometimes broken glass worn smooth by the current served as gemstones and the native painted sandstone pebbles made for good coinage. A few other things that make Fall a great time of to be I kid in mountains is the huge pile of leaves. Those were the days when Evil Knievel was at the highlight of his career. Young boys, bicycles and a pile of leaves and we had the best stunt show on the farm We raced down the dirt road and used an exposed root for a ramp and landed in the leaves bike and all. Even now as I focus my lens on the scarlet Dogwood leaves I have the urge to find a rake and pile as many as I can and with one giant leap land deep into my childhood.

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Contentment On A Cool September Day

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The cooling air sweeps through the old hay field gently rocking the tall purple ironweed. It’s little harder to pick up the sweet smell of the bloom on cooler, dryer days but it’s still there. The older pipevine Swallowtail has no difficulty at all in finding her favorite meal as as she softly floats in on the breeze. Her battered wings and loss of dark scales tells me that her journey is nearly over. She’s already deposited her eggs on the pipevine in faith that her multiple broods will emerge in Spring and fill the hills with vibrant colors and joyful airial dances. With profound contentment she feeds. The fluttering of wings reminds me of a puppy wagging it’s tail as I watch through the lens of my camera. The window of my big blue truck provides the perfect cover to enjoy her beautiful routine as she explores each floret in the cluster. She seems to have no fear of me. Even though I’m using the long lens I was able to get close enough that I had to physically back away in order to focus.
With grace she works her way around the bloom lifts herself into the air. Before she departed to her next goal she flew so close to the truck window that I thought she come inside. At the last second she pulled up and circled hood a few times as if saying goodbye before riding the breeze to the far side of the pasture. Perhaps in Spring her children will also pay me a visit.

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The Color Change On The Roads

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The color of mountains are slowly changing from lush green to gold and brown. Some time within the next three or four weeks we should reach peak color in nature’s grand finale. It only seems like yesterday that I was so excited to see the first bloom of Spring! The days of the sun seemed to pass before my eyes like the images in a Zoetrope until they blended into a single moment.

The first noticeable change for me this year was the appearance of the Plains Coreopsis along the road. Bright sunny pedals embrace a reddish brown center in a beautiful display of joy. Also known as Golden Tickseed they were not seen in these numbers in my youth. Instead we saw black-eyed Susans, ironweed, Joe Pye weed and Virginia Boneset gracing our ancient hills. Occasionally tall cattails would take root in the ditches and host Red-winged Blackbirds along quiet country lanes. We still have these on the back roads.

The Plains Coreopsis also feeds butterflies and bees while they’re in bloom but the road crews are required to mow them before they form seed to prevent them from becoming invasive. On the surface that’s a good thing because we have enough invasive species in the Appalachian Mountains. Mostly Asian varieties that were brought here as ornamental plants. But the problem is that the edge species that have been replaced by the Plains Coreopsis were also a food source for out native birds. The beautiful Plains Coreopsis would provide the birds with an edible seed but that has to be removed to prevent the spread of the plants. The results are less food for the songbirds. The advantage to the person who wants to attract songbirds is that it becomes easier when they’re looking for a meal.

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The Meeting Of Friends

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Where the sun smiles brightly on shallow waters and life seems to spring from everywhere the humble field thistle stretches it’s spiny leaves skyward. The sweet aroma of nectar draws all who seek the taste of nature’s ambrosia. The small bumblebee lands softly on the downy tuft above the thorns. From below, a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle’s armor pushes aside the thorns as it climbs towards it’s treasured prize. I watched trough my lens as the two insects meticulously sorted through the purple strands.  They nearly collided several times and when the finally did face each other what ensued was a short game of patty cake played with antenna.  I had to giggle slightly at first and then I wondered if this was some insect form of a secret handshake.  The latter is most likely the truth. An insects antenna is a highly acute sensor array capable of receiving complex information.  in an instant massive amounts of information was exchanged and rechecked. Both creatures are solitary beings who don’t normally share a space.  I’ve actually observed sparing matches between bumblebees for control of the same territory. But here are two insects with the only thing in common is the flower their feeding on. Knowing that insects are living chemical factories and that beetles especially are masters of chemical signals I wonder if the little soldier beetle was able to somehow camouflage it’s scent? Regardless of the reason how these two decided to share they did in fact go back to feeding together in peace. Is the soldier beetle a Jedi master able to trick the bee into ignoring him? Or was it as simple as a conversation between bugs?
“Hi, I’m a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle but everyone just calls me Leatherwing.”
“Nice to meet you. I’m a bumblebee but everyone thinks I’m a small carpenter bee. “
“Cool, let’s do lunch.”
“Okay,”
Either way, it would be great if we could take a lesson from these insects and just get along.

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Second Harvest

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The changing breezes call out to the workers “come and follow.” As they yield to scent floating on soft currents they fan out amid the fall flowers. Blue-green leaves spread in welcoming gestures bend and sway softly as the little feet find their landing. Pale yellow flowers gaze down and smile in their own way as the grooming begins. The wings beat out music that’s only understood by nature and the beekeepers soul. The little ones perform their work without promoting from human hands. This is the second harvest of God’s providence and it’s the most important to the hive. The first harvest was given in tribute to the kindly master of the hive in tribute. But this harvest will carry the hive through on days when it’s too cold to fly and the forage is scarce. It’s an important task but one that’s performed without angst. The last days of the sun are still plentiful and there’s more than enough for everyone.

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