Witch-hazel and folklore

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The January sun burns cold in the open sky as the big blue truck takes me to my familiar haunt on Salmon Run Road. It’s so close to the highway but teaming will wildlife. In the distance a woodpecker laughs knowing that he’s once again escaped my lens. But just barely for I did manage to catch him distracted for a moment.

The woodpecker was so busy that he didn’t notice me until I got out of the truck.

But as soon as I opened the door of the truck he took to the wind and disappeared into the branches.

Even though it’s January the bright yellow witch-hazle is still blooming strong. In fact I think that they’re in better shape now than they were a few weeks ago.

As I approach the tiny clusters of frilly golden bloom I noticed the forked branches. Now a normal person might look at those forks and think of a slingshot. But I think about dowsing rods. In the 90s I had the opportunity to attend a gathering of the American Dowsing Association where I learned that witch-hazel was one of the preferred woods used for finding water, oil and minerals. There is a trick to how to hold the stick. You point the stick to ground and hold it by the fork with your thumbs pointing to the sky. Rotate the wrists inward until the tip of the stick comes up to a 45 degree angle to the sky and when you’re over the target the stick twists in your hands to point out the water just like a compass pointing north. It’s not just an Appalachian tradition. Variations of this is used worldwide. But does it work? Well I was skeptical but as soon I was over the target that stick twisted. I tightened my grip in an effort to stop the rod. But it just kept turning downward. I was convinced. But sometime later I realized that we never actually drilled to see if the stick was right. While I’m open to the possibility that there could be some trick of physics that just hasn’t been explained yet it’s going to remain a mystery. Life needs a little unknown element to remain interesting.

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A Childhood View Of Ground Pine

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The damp forest never really sleeps. The trees do but the rest of forest is bustling with life. The ground pine is a constant companion for the Appalachian. As a child I would lay down on forest floor and pretend that I was an explorer like Indiana Jones trekking my way through the tiny jungle. Broken sticks only a couple of inches long became action figures and piles of rocks for an ancient temple. Sometimes there were dinosaurs in the form of a salamander that wandered lazily onto the scene. The red efts could be dragons that you had to follow all the way to a hidden treasure. I also remember a game that involved running through a patch of ground pine that was in spore such as these and trying to make it all the way through without a cloud of spores rising up from the strange looking cones. The days of childhood play may be long gone but I still have the urge to simply crawl into a patch of ground pine and let my imagination go wild when I see it.

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Things Are Just Ducky #15 George and Tilly’s Day In The Sun

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George and Tilly swam along the edges of the sun filled lake as they foraged the edges. Occasionally they would find a morsel or two and the humans brought scraps of this and that. Winter wasn’t too harsh on the lake and where the water met the forest there was always something in season. Today however was particularly quiet. Only a few humans were there early in the morning and they unloaded boats to take them out to the deep where the large fish lay on the bottom. George and Tilly had the shallows to themselves. As they paddled around the songbirds were in full chorus and George looked at his bride with delightful content. Then he began began to swim slow circles around her and before it was over the game became a sort of dance in tune with the sounds of the lake. They moved in graceful arcs and created beautiful patterns on the surface of the water. Sometimes they circled each other and other times they moved in parallel to the tune that only birds can hear. As the dance ended they moved to the shore and in the fashion accustomed to ducks stamped artful patterns in the mud with their webbed feet. The breeze was very light and the afternoon sun was warm. George nestled down in the newly formed firm spot in the mud and Tilly cuddled up close. They had all the world at their wings but most of all they had each other. And that was all they needed to be content.

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Things Are Just Ducky #14 A Day At Winter Pool

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The midmorning sun painted the lake a beautiful bronze hue as George the Mallard enjoyed a winter swim. With his feathers in full fluff Old Man Winter’s icy hands couldn’t touch him. Not even in the cold lakes and ponds of his Appalachian Mountain home. He and his wife Tilly had grown accustomed to the people on the lake. It was even fun when the big boats sped by and created a huge wake. George and his new friends turned it into a game to see who could paddle their way over the ripples first. But the winter was more tranquil and flock shrank a little as the geese moved to their Southern waters and some of his friends spread out a little. George spent his winter days drifting in shallows and occasionally accepting crumbs from the locals who came to explore the bare rocks and abandoned foundations of the lake at winter pool. He watched as they boldly explored the exposed caves where the monster catfish sleeps in summer. If they’d ever actually seen it they may not be so bold as to disturb it’s lair. He marveled at how the humans would climb the exposed bluffs that surround the lake. He thought that it looked like an awful lot of work to get to the top of a rock. If they could just be ducks they could fly to top with ease and look around.

Image Titled “Female Mallard On Bronze 122920a ” and is a companion to the featured image. Also available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

As George was watching a couple of humans trying to cross the deep soft mud on the lake bed he couldn’t help but to chuckle a little. Duck feet are perfect for walking on mud. Just then Tilly came racing across the water. “George! George!” She quacked frantically. “Didn’t you hear me the first time? The humans on the other side of the boat launch are passing out corn! C’mon we’re going to miss it!” George looked lovingly at his beautiful wife as she circled around to move to his side. She smiled back at him and gave him a gentle bump in the water. ” You silly old drake, if not for me you’d starve while watching the humans.” George didn’t say anything. He just followed her to the spot where the corn was floating on the water and counted his blessings.

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Breakfast With Friends

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The new light shines down through bare branches bringing joy to tiny hearts. The crisp morning fills with the morning chorus. It doesn’t come suddenly but instead they wait to be touched by the waking sunshine as it spills over the mountains. If you listen closely you can hear the morning coming closer to the window before the light falls onto the sill. As my heart listens to the happy voices that come from the surrounding forest I make my way to the coffee pot and prepare breakfast. But today I change the routine just a little as I sit quietly at my desk and watch the window. One by they come to the meal prepared for them. The black capped chickadees take turns at feeder white the others continue their part in the song welcoming the return of the sun. And as I quietly enjoy my morning coffee I’m greeted by a newcomer to my window. I believe that she’s an immature female because of her coloring but the only thing I know for sure right now is that she has non- breeding colors. As the winter (climatic winter) fades into Spring she will molt and show us the bright yellow that we’re used to seeing on our lawns throughout the warm weather. So far the Cardinals have been reluctant to try the new feeder and prefer the ones that out on the line.

Image Titled “Female Cardinal 113020a”.

The Cardinals always seem to work as a team when she’s not brooding. They take turns watching over each other and guardian against predators. The male was just outside of the range of my lens but I did my best to bring him in a few days earlier.

Image Titled “Male Cardinal 112520a”.

I’m really surprised that he sat still long enough for the photo. He’s a particularly twitchy bird.

Image Titled “Just Missed It 121720”

The encounter with him a few days ago was “almost” an amazing shot! Oh well, he’ll be back to let me try again. Sometimes we have no choice but accept that nature has a mind of its own and doesn’t want to cooperate. I’d there is no challenge then there’s no opportunity for growth. Which brings me to my failed attempt to photograph the Christmas Star. Last night we did have a second chance to capture a once in a millennium event. However, I’ve learned that astrophotography is a little more challenging than I thought. And while I did manage to document Jupiter and Saturn in the same sky it didn’t really turn out as planned.

Jupiter And Saturn In Near Conjunction 122220

I’ll have plenty of time to study up and practice for the next celestial event.

I most likely will not have a post for Christmas eve or Christmas day ( which would have been a Forage Friday post) but I’ll be back on regular schedule next week. Until then good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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