Before The Freeze

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The heavy gray sky drained away leaving behind a field of perfect blue broken only by the occasional puffy cloud. The water runs through the delta sweeping away the broken stems that were scattered by the powerful winds which accompanied the storm.

The tree that stands in middle of the marsh seems unconcerned about the water that swirls around it’s roots as it stretches it’s crown ever skyward. It’s pose looks as though it was gripping the sky in an effort to halt the global flow of the jet stream. But in spite of the yearly warm spell that always seems to come with perihelion day the river of time is unstoppable and the deep cold is on the way. The temporary reprieve form winter will soon end and the land will sleep again. But it’s all a part of the cycle. The deep cold us needed for the seed bank to germinate and bring forth the bounty of Spring.

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The New Light 2019

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The darkness lingers in the “hollers” of my Appalachian Mountains as the shadows claw at the landscape and struggle to maintain their grip on the world. But with the first ray of the new light they lose their grip and start to shrink away back into the ether.

The morning sun has awoken at long last and with renewed vigor begins it’s work clearing the darkness from all it surveils. The light doesn’t simply wash over the earth as the darkness does. It pierces through the land breathing life into all of creation.

This wrestling match between the light and the darkness will continue for the next several weeks but nighttime’s fate is sealed. The light has returned.

When I noticed the seedhead of the wild Clematis (AKA Old Man’s Beard) being illuminated by the rising sun I knew that I wanted to save it for tonight’s feature image because the light just seems to fill it. Not shine through it but actually fill it to the point that it almost disappears.

The light really does fill everything it touches. The range of the light that we see is reflected but light is more than just what we see. Those invisible rays are penetrating deep into the seeds making them to be fertile. Just because we don’t really see the light doesn’t mean that it’s not there.

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December’s Last Light

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Slowly the shadows emerge earlier and stay longer. In just three days the night will linger longer than any other day this year. And yet as I pulled into my driveway I saw saw it. The last colorful leaves on my property. Several years ago I made the decision to allow nature to be in charge of the erosion control along the banks of the creek in front of my house. As a result, nature gifted me with an apple tree. I’m not sure yet what variety of apple it will turn out to be but it’s definitely an apple. In the very top of the tree the bright red leaves caught the last rays of the the sleepy sun as it faded behind the mountain. As I admired the crimson glow in the growing shadows it reminded me of a candle in a window standing against the darkness.

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December Surprise

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A warm front always proceeds a cold snap in these mountains. The old timers would tell me that the warmer the day is then the harsher the storm will be. And just prior to the snow that we’re enjoying as I write tonight’s post it was warm enough to wake up the blue Asters that have claimed the old flower pots next to my parking spot. The Asters are a cool weather plant and the raised bed effect of the pots combined with the thermal mass of the driveway must have given them just enough energy to wake up. The dark days of December are a little disheartening here between two mountains where night falls at 4:00 PM. So when I found the simple little cluster of wildflowers it was a special treat. On top of that there’s a second cluster of bloom beneath the exhaust of my hearing system. I count them as Godwinks. Those little encouraging signs from God to let us know that he’s close by and that the darkness won’t last much longer. In fact, it’s less than two weeks until the new light.

A dear friend recently pointed out that the coldest weather is still ahead of us in North America and that’s true. Typically, January and February are the coldest moths of the year. But they’re not s dark. We won’t really notice it at first but on December 22nd the days start to get longer again. By the middle of February we start to see the sunsets linger and become more colorful. And that when the Asters normally return here. Sometime between the middle of February and the middle of March they dot the landscape.

The December Surprise flowers probably won’t survive tonight’s freezing temperatures and they don’t have have to in order for me to be encouraged. They simply had to be seen one day to give me the inner warmth that will get me through the winter.

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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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