The Days Of Transition And Looking Forward To The New Light

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The late Fall sun hangs low in the sky and hovers just above the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains. I find myself returning from a day of running errands and on the way home I’m drawn to the wonderful old railway bridge at Gauley Bridge. The small town bosts a population of around 600 people now that the mines are shut down and all the tourists are gone. With the exception of the occasional passersby like myself the streets are quite and it would be easy to think of yourself as having the world all to yourself. At the base of the bridge the illusion of solitude is enhanced by the vegetation that hides the homes which are nestled comfortably at the base of the mountain on the far side of river. Occasionally I can hear music or smell the smoke from a well tended hearth. But, for the most part the world consists only of the bridge and the quiet river. The small birds fluster about in the bushes collecting the bits and pieces that will thicken their nest against the oncoming winter. Bridges symbolize transition and we stand on the edge of of the change in seasons. In just 21 days Fall will end and winter will begin. The shadows start to grow short again and old Sol will slowly climb to his rightful place in the sky. In 21 days the new light will come. This is the transition that I look forward to as I stand beneath the bridge.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Wind And Shadows In Late Fall.

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Old Sol closes his sleepy eyes a little sooner each day and the shadows grow longer. Angry winds shake the forest releasing a blizzard of drying leaves throughout my mountains. The days of the sun are well behind me now and every day the splendor of fall is washed away in the cold rain. And yet here in the shelter of my little home between two mountains a few colorful leaves still cling to branches. They flutter like triumphant little flags waving in defiance of the coming changes. The beech leaves have faded from a rich golden tone to light tan and that is sign for me to prepare my hearth for quiet days by the fire. The season always makes me reminisce of my childhood when the soft purple light fell across the land and a heavy Appalachian quilt was a fine winter cocoon for a day of laying on the couch and watching old reruns on TV. Old black and white westerns provided a connection that spanned the decades between myself and the boy my father was on those days that we watched together. I think about how much things have changed. In those days the fireplace was a heavy iron stove fueled by oak and hickory. In the mornings the first person awake would rekindle the fire from the leftover coals. It wasn’t so odd for a pre-teen to have that responsibility. I remember carefully placing the smaller pieces of wood into place with old newspapers and junk mail and soon the heat from the coals would catch them on fire. As the fire grew we could add a few big pieces of wood. Late fall weekends were special because we could put a pot of stew on that old wood stove and let it slowly simmer all day. The whole house smelled wonderful and by dinner time we just couldn’t wait to dip out a bowl.

Today, my gas fed ceramic log fireplace comes on by itself and the stews are made in 45 minutes in a computerized crock but that feeling of shelter is still the same. I can even broadcast old black and white shows to my smart TV from my smartphone while I lay back in my recliner with my pup on my lap as the wind and shadows shake the leaves outside my window.

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The Rhythm Of Change

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Cool winds rustle the golden leaves along the quiet country lane. I tread softly as I walk through litter listening for the tell tale sounds of scampering feet among the boles. Off in the distance I hear the warning of my quarry. Two slow squawks followed by a quick bark. The universal signal that mankind has entered the forest. I look up just in time to see a bushy tail dart behind the tree tops and vanish into the wilderness. You can almost never surprise a squirrel. In response to his alarm a downy woodpecker emerged from a hidden perch and rocketed out of sight. It’s just me and the wind now. Any other animals have heeded that squawking and ran for cover. The ever present breeze plays with the golden foliage making it flutter and dance to the soft rhythm of changing climate. The tempo builds as the creator directs from above and one by one the golden leaves take flight to complete the cycle of their dance in the air only to end with a gentle touchdown along the edges of the road. The breeze comes to a lull for a moment and then a sudden crescendo of gales picks the leaves back up and sweeps them away for the next performance. The natural life is never truly still for long. The world is ever changing in a great cycle of renewal and it is up to us to learn our part in the dance. Once we do that we can see that what may have seemed to be chaos was simply an order of complexity not yet appreciated.

Take a deep breath and give into the rhythm and listen to God’s voice in your heart and he will always guide your steps in this dance.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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November Crossing 2020

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The cold November wind roars by spitting trace amounts of snow. Most of the fall color has been stripped away by Old Man Winter’s icy breath. By chance I was able to make a trip to the Salmon Run area of Summersville Lake. Here in area only accessible to me during winter pool I gaze across the water and consider the landscape that once was. A flood control lake such as this is almost an aquatic desert. The stumps of a forest long gone rest on stone and muck like tombstones. The discarded Christmas trees dot the landscape behind me on what was once a park like meadow.

Before me lays the remaining essence of the lake. Within its depths small country lanes cross a murky landscape of abandoned foundations left by those who tamed a rugged wilderness. The bridge stretches across the moody skys like an angel’s highway going from mountain to mountain. And yet here in this melancholy domain of the dark months there is peace and solitude. A place where one can escape from the tick of a clock and imposing thoughts of the outside world. Occasionally I hear the calls the crows reminding me that this is their domain until Spring when the new light is strong and life awakens once more.

My annual pilgrimage to this particular place has become another marker in my natural calendar. At the time of this writing it’s only 4 weeks and 5 days until the sun awakens and begins to push back the shadows. This is point when the forest sleeps and renews itself for the splendor of Spring. This is the season for mankind to enjoy the steam from a thermos of coffee and began to plan for gardens, tinker in shops and enjoy the warmth of the hearth with loved ones. It is a time to draw stories from the depths of imagination and send an inner light into the world. Dreams are made in the downtime of the dark months and it’s from those dreams we shape the reality of our lives. And with that final thought I must end this post.

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A Moment By The Pond

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The big blue truck comes to a rest on the side of highway. Back in the summer the grass was too thick for me to be comfortable that I wasn’t about to step on a snake or a nest of yellowjackets. But the cool November air and the fact that the ground has been mowed changed that. I grabbed my gear and gave the remote a quick double click so that ol’ Blue would respond with a happy beep of his horn to assure me that locks engaged. My monopod made a decent hiking stick to balance my descent down to fence. As I near the pond the breeze drowns out the noise of the highway and creates the surreal feeling of entertaining a different world. The fence is weathered and overgrown with vines and dried seed headsof wildflowers. Rusted nails hold up the woven wires that separate me from the water’s edge. The sunlight plays on ponds surface by painting a mirror image of the sky and treetops. It’s a good place to absorb the solitude and collect some peace of mind as the breeze washes away the stress and uncertainty of the outside world. It only takes a moment to recharge the spirit and renew the mind. After a few minutes of tranquility by the pond it’s time to make my egress back to highway where the big blue truck waits to carry me to another place in creation and show me yet another small splendor.

Peace be with you Friends. Good night and be blessed throughout your days.

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