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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A Day Of Wandering

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The green fields have begun to fade into a golden tan as the broomsedge claims it’s seasons. Sometimes I think that if we could see the wind that it would be the color of broomsedge. I’ve always associated it with cold windy days. But for now it’s only beginning to appear. The little Dogwood Tree still proudly shows off its handsome maroon attire for the fall splendor so beloved in my mountains. Rolling hills beckons me back to a simpler place in time when the warm fall days were a welcomed chance to roam freely with no expectations of when to be done exploring. The greatest tragedy of adulthood is loss of opportunities to wander through hills and valleys. Sometimes I’d follow a stream through a field like this and continue on into the deep woods on a quest to find the spring that birthed the creek. A fallen branch of Dogwood often served as a staff to push aside the thorns and tangled vegetation or lift a rock to see if anything lived underneath. I never made it to the source of the stream but I would mark my stopping point by tying a knot in the limber twigs of the smaller trees. Sometimes I’d find a cluster of small hemlock trees and braid three of them together so that the next explorer would know the someone had already found that spot. And if I was lucky it would be hundreds of years in the future when the trees were timber sized and fused together. I would always walk back while snickering over the looks on their faces when they laid eyes on the braided trees. The call of a blue jay brings me back to the present as I snap the image of the Dogwood Tree and I wonder if some day in future a small boy will pick up a dead branch from it and head off into the woods on a quest of his own. I hope that he finds one of my braided trees and knows that he’s not alone.

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The First Fall Leaves Bring Childhood Memories

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The gentle days of Fall see the first of the change. In my part of the Appalachian Mountains we’ll see peak color in about two or three weeks. In a good color year the forest looks as though the mountains were painted to match the sunset. Brilliant leaves fill the streams in a parade of reds,yellows and golds. Among the first to turn are the dogwoods. Almost overnight the lush green leaves turn to velvety red. Small biscuits form on the twigs in promises of a beautiful Spring day when the sleeping forest will burst into bloom. I’ll be watching these buds all winter and waiting for signs of renewal.

Fall tends to bring out the kid in me which isn’t really all that hard. I look at leaves floating in the creek and I’m instantly taken back to carefree days when my brother and I hike down to the creek and race the leaves in the eddies like little boats. A stack of pebbles on the banks served as cannon balls on days that our leaf boats were manned by pirate hunters. We always found a treasure after sinking the leaves. Sometimes broken glass worn smooth by the current served as gemstones and the native painted sandstone pebbles made for good coinage. A few other things that make Fall a great time of to be I kid in mountains is the huge pile of leaves. Those were the days when Evil Knievel was at the highlight of his career. Young boys, bicycles and a pile of leaves and we had the best stunt show on the farm We raced down the dirt road and used an exposed root for a ramp and landed in the leaves bike and all. Even now as I focus my lens on the scarlet Dogwood leaves I have the urge to find a rake and pile as many as I can and with one giant leap land deep into my childhood.

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Scattered Memories Of Life In The Barn

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In the depth of my memory my grandfather’s barn is a prominent fixture. I believe that I must have spent as much time in the old one room schoolhouse that became his barn as I did in the woods. That’s the thing about a one lane road lifestyle. We sleep in houses but we live in barns. Our small barn was little more than a place to keep the grain and hay. There was a few scattered antique farm tools and I remember seeing shoes for oxen. After a couple of years of shots to treat my allergies I was able to go into the barn without having an episode. My brother and I would listen to my grandfather’s stories about France in World War Two and go to the old barn with our BB guns and pretend to be pinned down behind enemy lines with the barn as our base of operations and corn cobs for grenades. Later in life the barn was also a makeshift gym where grain sacks became weights and hay bales were punching bags. Of course there was plenty of actual work in the barn and there was days when the dog and I would just sit on a stack of hay bales and think about stuff. That barn had to be torn down years ago but every time I pass a barn it all comes back to me. The sweet smell of fresh grain and hay as well as the feel of well weathered wood will forever return me to childhood.

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Red Ground Ivy & Childhood Adventures

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The mottled shade of the forest provides a little relief from the heat of the summer sun. Along the path the thick moss stretches out blanketing fallen logs and reclaiming the displaced stones. Down beneath the scattered raspberry canes and Jewelweed leaves reddish purple leaves capture my eye. The ground ivy has put on its summer color. I’ve never really looked into why it changes color but I suspect it has something to do with the wavelength of light. Or perhaps it gets a sunburn when the light lingers on this spot. The vine doesn’t really care for the full face of the sun. But for a time the the green fades as the red gains strength. The effect of color change recalls childhood days of action figures exploring an alien world with strange vegetation and monsters hiding behind the foliage. In those days Mount Lookout Elementary School still had copies of the Tom Corbitt books in the library and after a fifth grade book report it seemed perfectly natural that my action figures would be chasing Space Pirates through an alien jungle. Or trying to escape the grip of a giant reddish purple carnivorous plant. It seemed like the adventures of my childhood would never really end and perhaps in some small ways they never did. As I stood up from snapping photos I could see my tiny alien jungle growing ever smaller as I rose. Certainly there’s no harm to see that as blasting off to the next adventure.

Image Titled “Ground Ivy In Red 71420b “. It’s easy to believe that it’s an alien world fading into the distance.

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