Snow Days

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “December Passage 120220” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

My big blue truck slowly idles down the country lane on Peter’s Creek as I watch the edges for the wildlife. The wintery scene that stretches out before me takes me back at least 40 years to the country lane where I grew up. Every time a single flake of snow landed on the ground we prayed for a snow day. In those days it wasn’t uncommon for the school bus to get stuck in the ditch long before it reached my house. It wasn’t really that winter was any harsher. But the roads were smaller and less maintained increasing the chances that they would call school off. On those glorious winter days snowball fights and sledding were almost obligatory. Having access to large open fields meant hosting the sled races. Everyone had their secret to winning the race. For some it was the position that they sat in. By shifting all your weight to the front it was believed to provide more momentum. Other secrets included turtle wax, candle wax and even bar soap on the runners. Different types of sleds came into play too. The steel runner sleds vs the homemade wooden runner sleds. Believe it or not the homemade sleds normally proved to be faster. Disk sleds were fast too but they were harder to control and there were often kids flying downhill screaming at the top of their lungs as they spun the whole way down. But the ultimate sleds were the old car hoods. They had the weight, the stability and the sickness even if they harder to stop at the end of the course. The snow day if properly conducted ends with hot coco and cartoons in front of a fireplace or wood stove. And perhaps a little debating on who actually won the race. But no matter what it was a way for kids to be kids and unencumbered by the demands of the outside world.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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The Rhythm Of Change

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “A Quiet Path 102020a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

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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Approaching Home

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “The Pocahontas Trail 102020a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The steady drone of my tires against the pavement permeates the cab of my truck. The warm colors of Fall flicker past the windows as I wind my way down the Pocahontas Trail in the last stretch towards home and the hearts that abide with me. Tolkien said that all who wander are not lost and at the moment I’m thankful that wanderings end at one’s own hearth. So what if the fire is made of ceramic logs and fed by natural gas? It’s home and it’s rest.

Rest well Friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Rest And Recharge

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Fall Drive 102020a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The quiet lane stretches out through the old battlefield. Hills that once shuddered in roar of cannon fire now hold peace and tranquility for the weary mind. The main season for the park is now over and soon the gates will close for winter. The deer will play in the sprawling fields and rest under the picnic shelters. But here in the gap is a chance to stroll beneath the beautiful Appalachian Fall leaves and recharge the spirit. The time for sweat and toil has ended and the period of rest has begun.

Rest well Friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Panther Mountain Journey 9.25.20

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Panther Mountain Journey 92520” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The big blue truck slowly climbs the county route up Panther Mountain. Lose gravel kicks out from under the tires as I gently feather the throttle up the steep curvy incline. In a few spots the overgrown branches sweep the fenders. But it’s not a problem. Instead I see it as the welcoming embrace of nature. The county has actually done a little work to the road over the summer. The new gravel filled in the ruts and open ditches that challenged even the big 4 wheel drive. I rounded the hairpin turn about 3/4 of the way to the top when a piece of road sprung to life and lifted itself vertically to the top of the embankment. It only took me a moment to realize that it was a grouse. The bird’s perfect camouflage quickly concealed its new position in a Rhododendron thicket. I hoped for a shot of the bird but dark underbrush against the highlight of sun was more than the sensor could deal with. My human eyes could see it as a shadow peaking out and bobbing it’s head from side to side in an effort to figure out what was moving inside the parked truck but it was a complete mystery to the lens of my camera. I decided to let him get away from me rather than attempting to track him to a point where I might force the shot and once more a few loose gravels are expelled as my ascent resumes. Finally I arrived at the gas well road. It’s wide enough to allow me park while being out of way of anyone making their way to the spot where the rafters and Kayakers go to launch in swollen Gauley River. I loaded up the bird song file in my tablet and sat still with the windows down hoping to draw in a curious forest resident such the big woodpecker I saw here a few days ago. The birds were a no show but I did manage to find a few interesting subjects to post at a later date. So I entered the main pass through the mountain again and made my way to a second wide spot above the valley. The view from the road is amazing.

The view from the cab of my truck on Panther Mountain. There’s only a few feet of road between the tire and the valley below.

With any luck I’ll be able to reach this spot when Fall Colors peak in a few weeks.

Stepping out of cab will my long lens I was able to spot a few Kayaks already on the river and playing with the rapids.

Even with the 300 mm lens Kayakers look like little dots on the water

The Kayaks bob and dodge through the current for a while and then continue the trip downstream.

And I too need to continue my journey to the next phase in order to get a few more photos. Until tomorrow night I wish you all a blessed day.

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