Alone On The River

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A few leaves cling to the branches and the river has taken on the cool green hue it often shows in winter. Most of the songbirds have either moved South or settled in for the winter. The cold North wind whispers a lulaby as it moves through the empty forest. My big blue truck eases off of the pavement and into gravel lot on the edge of the Kanawha River.

At the far range of my lens the single sycamore stands tall among the maples and oaks. The pure white barks also stands out giving the tree the appearance of priesthood. The sycamore reaches skyward with its limbs asking God for protection from the winter storms on behalf of its sleeping wooden flock.

It’s not hard to imagine that the sycamore is a priestly tree. In the Book of Exodus chapter 15:25 God instructs Moses to cast a tree into bitter waters to make them sweet. I’ve always imagined that it was a sycamore tree. Partly because the sycamore has the ability to filter contaminated water.

Wilderness survivalists are taught to tap into a sycamore tree to get a drink in areas where the water isn’t thought to potable. Special cells in the vessels of sycamore function like a filter to clean the water. It’s not a magic bullet but it’s said to be effective in removing waterborne diseases. Chemical contamination might be a different story though.

Yes. The sycamore has to be a special tree indeed I tell myself as the wintery scene echoes in my lens.

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On The Edge Of Winter

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The overcast skies cast a soft light throughout the Kanawha valley as the rain falls. The Kanawha River is a translucent green that makes me think of antique glass as my big blue truck pulls into the small lot next to the hydroelectric plant at Kanawha Falls. Peak color has ended and the remaining leaves turn from brown to burnt orange and amber in the rain. The stark white boles of the Sycamore trees are a bold contrast to the landscape. I have been referring to the time between the end of peak color and the first blossom of spring as the “Gray World”. I couldn’t have been more wrong. As the rain pauses I have a chance to drop the driver’s side window and feel the chill in the air that fortells an oncoming change in the season. The mirror-like quality of the water at the top of the dam rolling mists open up the doors to another world. If I could walk on water I’d stroll out beneath those trees and build a small fire on the rocks. Perhaps I would spend all day under the trees sipping fresh Sassafras tea and waiting for the cardinals and jays to come and play in the branches. As the rain begins to fall again I allow my lens to extend just beyond the glass and capture as much as I can of the colorful late Fall and early Winter colors. It’s only 21 days until the new light rises in the east and the long nights begin to wane.

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Thoughts On Late November

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Late November brings the end of the vibrant colors of fall and marks the beginning of winter in my natural calendar. The opening lyrics of “California Dreaming” fill my mind as I cross the top of Summersville Dam and take in the brown leaves that still cling to the trees. The fact that I still have a blue sky is enough to break the somber moment. I continued across the dam and began to notice that cottages and camps along the road were dressed up with the bright colors of the holiday season and after the sun goes down you can stand on a nearby mountain and all the little lights seem to form temporary constellations. The winter sky is clear most of the time and it’s easy to imagine that you’refloating in space looking out across eternity. As I pulled into the driveway of the farm where I grew up I noticed how green the holly and cedar are. The cedar even sports the dark blue berries right up into Spring. Soon a soft blanket of snow will come and make the bright red of the cardinals stand out from the gray world of winter. The colors are still there if I just look for them. The amber glow from the fireplace warms the soul as well as the body and before you know it the crocus will be popping up with a promise of new life.

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Finding A Perfect Moment On Muddelty Creek

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The big blue slowly rolls past the highland delta of Muddelty Creek. With the window down and the truck moving only at idle speed I can hear the crunch of the gravel beneath the wheels as I glide down the one lane road. My eyes sweep over the reeds and rushes looking for any sign of waterfowl or even a deer near the water’s edge. The marsh is quiet except for the occasional rattle of dry leaves in the wind. As I track the sound and listen to the chant like rythem of the rattling leaves my eyes come to rest on the young Alder tree. I zero in on the textures of the leaves and twigs. The rest of world fades away and for a moment it seems like the only two things in the universe are the Alder and me. Even the breeze pauses as time suspends in my frame. For a brief moment the world holds perfect silence and the snapping of the shutter unlocks the rest of the world from suspended animation. But in that perfect moment there was no difference between eternity and an instant. I had entered into nature to look for God and God smiled back at me.

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Time To Rest

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Steam rises from my morning coffee and curls in thin wisps as I walk along the creek. Several weeks ago I sat out some bird feeders for the first time. I’m hoping to draw in more wildlife to my yard but so far they’ve ignored the feeders. I looked up to see the single yellow poplar leaf drooping into my path. The leaf looks sleepy. Tiny beads of water cling to the leaf and as the Sun is reflected in them and they sparkle like diamond dust. Soon the frost will replace the dew and the tree will sleep until Spring.

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First Splendor 2019

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Faint clouds grace the blue sky on the oddly warm October morning. The last significant rain was in August and the forest is thirsty. Rain is required for a colorful Fall and so far the leaves have gone straight from green to brown leaving very little hope for the beautiful colors of the Appalachian Fall. To be honest, we’ve been spoiled the past few years by plenty of rain. But this September was dryer than normal. So I was pleasantly surprised by the spender of the maple trees at the scenic overlook in Mount Nebo West Virginia. The rich golden leaves stood out as I passed by and I knew that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. The leaves are normally bright yellow but the brown tinged edges give them this orange hue that’s very “October-ish”. The search for a good Fall photo this year has kinda been like panning for gold. I get excited to see a few pops of color here and there but most of it has been dross. Finding this scene was like hitting the motherload.

There’s still hope for more color as the seasonal winds begin to blow. They bring cooler days and with them a chance for rain.

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White Snakeroot In Morning Dew.

WARNING: Because I often blog about wild edible plants I need to make it clear that white Snakeroot is a deadly poison.
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With the passing of the hot humid days in late summer I feel more like stepping out of air conditioning and catching a breath of fresh air. Just a Leisurely stroll through my property. I had spotted a hummingbird a few days ago and was kinda hoping that he’d decided to hang around for a while before heading South. He escaped my lens that afternoon and I was ready for a do-over. I was paused near the Jewelweed because I know that the hummingbirds live the sweet nectar as much as the bees do. Thats when I noticed the newcomer to my patch of wilderness. Small delicate white flowers with odd tubular structures growing in clusters. The canopy of my forest is still thick enough to hide the small songbirds that dart about from branch to branch but I can hear them chirping.

My attention is drawn back to the interestingly delicate flowers. They remind me of baby’s breath in an arrangement. They’re beautiful to look at but unlike most of the plants that I have on my blog these are deadly poison. The poison is how White Snakeroot earned it’s footnote in history. The toxin is able to contaminate not just the milk but also the meat of livestock that eats it. In the 1800s being poisoned by the contaminated milk was actually called milk sickness. According to Wikipedia the fatalities ran into the thousands and was the suspected cause of Nancy Hanks Lincoln, the mother of Abraham Lincoln. Learning this fact does make me wonder how much Snakeroot has influenced pasteurization requirments.

In 1830 the toxicity was uncovered by Dr. Anna Pierce Hobbs Bixby. It’s said that a Shawnee woman taught her all about the plant in addition to how it was used as a poultice on snakebite. ( I am not able to verify medicinal value for this one. I know from personal experience that the bite of a copperhead will heal on it’s own without treatment and therefore it’s very possible that Snakeroot was not the reason some people recovered.)

The risks of contaminated meat and dairy was not enough to prevent people from turning White Snakeroot into an ornamental plant. A particular strain of the plant has leaves that turn dark when exposed to direct sunlight and the cultivar is known as “Chocolate Snakeroot” and is still sold as a landscape plant today.

As for the wild variety that has come to my place I’ll probably just allow it to grow since I don’t have livestock to be poisoned. It does add some beautiful bloom to enjoy in the Fall.

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