The Moment Of Living

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As the sun beams down on my little slice of Appalachia between two mountains I wander around the lawn just taking time to center myself. Almost two full months without any daily commute has left me rested but feeling a little constrained. I stood out next my Flame Azalea and closed my eyes to listen for what the wind might whisper of the outside world. The warblers and wrens are busy building and maintaining their nests. The little fly catchers that seem to nest on my downspout every year have a nest full of hungry babies. Further up the mountain a woodpecker is putting on a drum solo that would be the envy of any rock concert. I removed my shoes so that I could feel the cool earth beneath my feet. The ground is alive with unseen and wondrous things. Things that reach and grow and connect with all of God’s creation. The wind speeds up and plays with my hair for only a moment’s teasing as clouds begin to roll in. I can smell the ozone left behind by the lightning and a distinct thunder shakes a neighboring mountain. I opened my eyes to see the new spring leaves turn themselves in preparation for the rain.

Image Titled “Flame Azalea 51920e”.

I caught the flash of the second lightning bolt and counted as 10 seconds passed by. The storm is 10 miles down river. The humid breeze shifts slightly wafting the sweetness of the Azalea my way. I have a few minutes of peace before the weather rolls in and I use the time to get lost in the sea of bloom on the little bush. Now fully open the Azalea is working as hard as it can to draw the pollinators in. Once it has reached this stage the flowers will fall away to make room for the lush green leaves.

The seasons are shorter than we’ve ever suspected and soon the storms will change the world again. I have learned that the time to appreciate life is always now. We have only this moment to live in there’s no time to mourn tomorrow’s loss without giving up today’s joy.

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Orange Azalea In May

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The Orange Azalea is definitely one of my favorites. It seems like the point where this one blooms marks the last cold snap. Well, more or less the last one.

Image Titled Orange Azalea 5920b shows the bush’s likeness to living flame

Like the red maple keys this azalea make my imagination well up with images of the plant storing up the heat of the sun until it finally erupts into flames. The unopened buds even resemble fire with their conical form.

It’s also a favorite of the local butterflies. They all gather on it every year when the flowers open. I’m not certain that they’re native to the area but the do seem to grow wild. I don’t really see as many of them in the woods as I did when I growing up but we actually called them honeysuckle. Which they’re not. I have also noticed that the hummingbirds are attracted to them and when they bloom that means that I should be watching for the hummingbirds to return.

Image Titled Orange Azalea 5920c

The blooms are short lived. In a few weeks they’ll be scattered across my lawn but for now they are pure joy!

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The Bumblebees Of April

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I approach the Azalea cautiously in the warm afternoon sun. The loud buzzing sounds as much like a squadron of WW2 bombers as it does anything else. The bush was full of these massive bumblebees! ( technically this is a carpenter bee) Some of them were over an inch long! While not as friendly as the honeybees they have never been aggressive towards me. Sometimes even even allowing my cellphone to hover over them as close as 4 inches while I take a snapshot. The floating believe the lie between the flowers exploring each one in detail before moving on. They are solitary bees and because they bore holes in wood to make their nests they can do a bit of damage to structures. But before the arrival of the Europeans to North America they were one of the main pollenators. The bug bruiser of a bee shows no concern as I move in for a decent shot. I stood and watched as they worked side by side with a honeybee. Overall, it was one of the most peaceful moments I’ve had in a while.

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First Light &Simple Blessings

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I stepped out beneath the mountain earlier than has become normal in the past few weeks. Somewhere in the forest the laughing call of a woodpecker echoes across the hills. I have struggled to actually spot some of the bird species on my property but the morning chorus is in full concert. As my avian friends greet the morning light I noticed that my azalea has opened. The new white flowers seem to be waiting for the sun to fully spill over the ridge. Even now they eagerly catch the slightest trickle of light and convert it to a sweet aroma.

Image Titled “First Light 41620b”.

There must be some kind of magic infused into the first light. It makes the the birds sing and flowers open. The air is full of insects and the whole world is in contentment. It’s a perfect day to not just count my blessings but to embrace and enjoy them. Oftentimes we “count our blessings” like an old mother hen taking a head count to see if anyone is missing. But what good are blessings tucked away in box gathering dust? We need to realize that the simple blessings of this world are just as miraculous as anything described in the bible. Take a few minutes to enjoy them every day. I have said of foraging that God loves us so much that he’s given his providence in such a way that what is most important is found in the greatest abundance. Why should we think that mundane occurrence of singing birds and opening flowers is any less important than the miracle we ask for when a loved one is sick? So take a little time to breath the fresh air and have some quiet time. It’s like vitamins for the spirit.

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Waking Up & Waiting

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After the rain stops my mountain comes alive with songbirds. They dart hither and yon between the feeders trying their best to stay hidden. As the days progress I see more and more signs that warmer days are drawing closer. The texture of the forest has begun to change. The buds on the trees are really swollen and will soon erupt into lush greenery. The sound of Little Elk Creek giggling as it flows to the Gauley River also fills the air. The next mark on my natural calendar us the Mayflowers and Trout Lilies. I have noticed the variations in the colorsof the forest floor that tells me that something is bursting through the leaf litter. Patches of bright green break up the plane of dull brown hillsides. The mists are rising from the earth instead of settling upon it which tells me that the ground is warmer than air. It’s time to start prepping the garden when the soil wakes. I stepped over to the Orange Azalea and judging by the scales that have fallen off it won’t be much longer before it opens up and springs to life. In some ways I feel like I’m returning to life along with it.

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