Kanawha Falls In Amber 3

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The river playfully slips over and around the rocks at Kanawha Falls. The farthest tree out appears to be a yellow poplar standing by itself on a large flat rock. I’m amazed at how strong it seems in spite of the fact that it’s growing on bare stone. It stands there gracefully looking out over the falls as a silent sentinel witnessing the change of seasons. I wonder how many kayaks it’s seen go over the falls? How many faces have passed beneath it branches? Has it listened to the conversations of those who explore life while taking a break on the rocks it calls home?

I braced my lens on a monopod and zoomed in on the tree as close as I could get with glass and steel and brought the tree home to witness my life as well. Perhaps at the end of all things when these silent witnesses give their account to the Creator the story it tells will be one worthy of listening to.

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Kanawha Falls In Amber Number 2

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As the Kanawha River flows over the dam and rocks mists rise from the mountains. The steady drizzle of rain has replenished the landscape and allowed the Fall colors to fill the hills. The trees on the rocks out in the middle of Kanawha Falls seem to glow as if they were so full of sunshine that it was bursting out from the leaves. The colors of Fall are a flame that enters the eyes and warms the soul against the oncoming night. Enjoy the colorful world while it lasts for soon the flames will burn out leaving only the frozen bones of winter.

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Kanawha Falls In Amber

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The morning mists now linger well into the afternoon as the rain gently lands in Kanawha River. If it wasn’t for the tiny splashes of rain the water above the hydroelectric plant would have given a perfect reflection of the amber leaves rising out of the falls. The trees that grow on the rocks out in the middle of the river have defied all odds to claim this spot where the water often rages through and threatens to tear them from the rocks. And yet not only are they able to hold themselves in place but, they do so with grace and beauty. Their roots may be shallow but they are strong and they hold tight to the rock.

To survive and even thrive in harsh conditions is an accomplishment but to do so with enough grace that it imparts a sense of peace is real strength.

The big blue truck provides a nice window to soak in the tranquility as I idled in the parking lot of the Glen Ferris Inn. It’s so much easier to appreciate the beauty of a cool Fall day with heater on. I Hit the button that rolls down the window and began to shoot as the water carried my cares over the falls and washed them out of sight downstream.

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A Late Summer Break At Kanawha Falls

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The late August sun pours down on the Kanawha River as my big blue truck comes to a rest under the arching trees. The roar of the falls drowns out the days noise and pushes away all of the pressures of civilization. I watched as the geese flew in and landed on the bare rocks that stand out from the falls. One by one they meander along until they find just the right spot to settle down for a break. It seems that they instinctively know that this place is a fortress to provide isolation from the modern world. I can feel the air flowing from the top of falls as it spills into valley. Occasionally the bird chatter is strong enough to breech the sound of the rushing water giving a contrast to the droning falls. Small flashes of sunlight dance among the ripples on the river’s surface as the minnows dart around in the shallows. A little farther down the banks a trail of smoke rises into the air and travels downstream as a fisherman prepares for an evening of trying to get the one that got away last time.

I wander around taking notice of the odd shapes of driftwood and color variations on the sandstone pebbles until my sense of peace is contented. Before making my way back to the big blue truck I raised my lens for a few shots of the falls so I can bring the peaceful feeling to you.

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The Spicebush Swallowtail Finally Makes It’s Appearance

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I pulled into the parking lot of the little park at Kanawha Falls in my way home. I have been looking for the Spicebush Swallowtail all summer and I was beginning to think that I would strike out this season. I worried that I had jinxed myself by making a commitment back in the Spring. I knew that I would find something interesting to shoot in this spot and was actually trying to get some more ducks for my Things Are Just Ducky series so that I could expand the tales of George the mallard and his friends. But the ducks were all on the other side of the river.

Then I noticed the bright red spires of the Cardinal flower. These are also called Indian Paintbrush locally and they’re members of the Bellflower family and are sold as ornamental plants. I have a few pictures of them but they’re interesting to look at so I thought that a few more would be a good idea. As I stepped into the shade of the oaks I could see a dark spot fluttering around the bushes. Okay I thought. Another butterfly of any kind will add interest to the image. Raising the lens and zooming in as tightly as I could yielded a picture but the flash wasn’t really strong enough to reach out and freeze the wings.

Image Title: “Life In Motion”. Butterflies “groom” the flowers that they feed on. The fluttering of the forewings causes the flowers to sweeten their nectar.

The combination of the low light and extreme zoom didn’t quite hit the mark but it produced an interesting picture. The butterfly would only be there for a moment so tried to close the gap as quickly as possible. Unfortunately I started it and it disappeared into the forest. I tucked the camera back into its bag. Once I got the card into my laptop and pulled up the image I saw that pattern that I’ve been obsessed with all summer. The hind wings have a blue moon shape and a single row of cream colored dots along the margin. But this was a dorsal view and the main identifying mark was on the other side of the wing. I would be going back to that spot.

Over the next few days I stopped by looking for the Spicebush Swallowtail. I was certain that it was a female by the blue marks on it’s hind wings. The male has more of a greenish color leading the name of “Green Clouded Butterfly”.

Image Title: “Female Spicebush Swallowtail Feeding On Cardinal Flower”. The image gives us a clear view of the light blue marks on it’s hind wings.

The feature image came from the second encounter. This time she didn’t really seem to be bothered by presence. She even let me get a good shot of the blue chevron on the underside of the hind wings that is the identifying mark of the Spicebush Swallowtail.

Image Title: “Butterfly Peek-A-boo”. The third orange dot from the right is replaced by a blue chevron. Only the Spicebush Swallowtail has this mark.

The butterfly gets it’s name from hosting mainly on the Spicebush tree. I’ll be talking about the tree itself in an upcoming Forage Friday post but in short it’s another source for lemon flavored tea. Like the other Swallowtail Butterflies the Spicebush Swallowtail catipiller mimics the head of a snake. It even has a special organ that is forked and it can flick out to look like a snake’s tongue. I have not encountered a Spicebush Catipiller yet but as soon as I do I’ll be posting pictures and writing about the lifecycle of the butterfly larvae.

The main lesson I gained from my summer searching for a supposedly common butterfly that managed to elude me for months was that persistence pays off. The person who said that nothing is easy sure got it right but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

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Kanawha Falls & Some Thoughts On Civil Debate

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The roar of the falls silences the noise from the modern world as the river catches me up in the moment of tranquility. Here in this place where the turbulent flow sweeps through the mountains I can listen to my own thoughts. Among them I find a question. Does being correct give us the right to be arrogant? The question comes from more than one “conversation” on social media. At this point it doesn’t matter what was said, who was right or why. So many people look at a topic from their perspective only and in their own mind they won the debate simply because they made their point as they understood it. I’m not even going to look at weather or not “A” or “B” was correct. What I need to talk about is simply being a either a good sport or a gracious winner. It’s about treating the other side with respect and allowing them to maintain their dignity.

When I was in collage one of my Entomology instructors was really into live demonstrations. He was the kind of teacher that would bring a live specimen into the classroom and force us to figure out what kind of “Critter” it was. The insect was normally in larval form and didn’t look a thing like the pictures in the books. And the examination had to be a group effort and include a bit of debate. Young minds being full of ego these debates could get fairly vigorous at times but the intention was for to develop a sense of when we had consensus within the peer group. One time this lead to what could have been a knock down drag out fight. The instructor halt the class and brought a student to the front to help him with a demonstration. /he asked the student to place his hands up at chest level and the student obliged. then the instructor placed his palms directly on the student’s palms and stared into his face for a few minuets. The instructor began to push. Gently at first. The student resisted And the instructor commanded him to stop resisting. “I can’t help it”, the student protested. “It’s a reflex.” “But you agreed to help me with this demonstration!” the instructor continued as he pushed harder causing the student to resist harder. This went on for several minuets with commanding and protesting the actions. Eventually the instructor relented and sent the student back to his seat as he explained the point of the exercise. Which was that if you give resistance then you get resistance in response. And, that you can’t push someone into coming over to your side. You must win the person not the debate. Out of everything that I learned in that class this lesson has been the most useful to me. By treating people with respect & dignity we’ve been able to accomplish more as a society than we ever could by trying to overpower them. I’v also been able to avoid some really bad mistakes because that person who might have been alienated was there with their skills working towards a common goal.

As I look out over Kanawha Falls in awe of the power that spills over the rocks I realize that that power actually comes from two rivers that are flowing together upstream. Namely the Gauley River & the New River. Because they move with each other and not against each they are able to travel farther and accomplish more as one.

With the mental clutter pushed well away from my mind and the memory of such an important lesson brought up My answer to the question above isn’t so much yes or no but instead my answer comes as a firm no. No we do not have the right to claim arrogance because we happened to have the correct answer. the next time it could just as easy be the other person who has the answers & more than likely we needed each other to get the answer in the first place.

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The Benefits Of Being Stumped

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Several days ago I stopped by Kanawha Falls for a quick photo op and was blessed with several great shots. The park is prone to flooding and as the water recedes it always deposits a fresh supply of driftwood. Including apparently perfectly cut stumps that just right for a makeshift seat. With the water just right and the sunshine filling the valley it was time to get stumped. Now you might have the impression that being stumped is a negative thing. Well, the average use of the phrase does usually commentate a state of confusion with no hope of a solution. That’s not the case here. No, being stumped is good thing. Especially in such a beautiful place. I only had a few minutes but the stump was so inviting that I couldn’t pass up having a seat and just enjoying the sun and the water. In fact I sat there with no agendas so long that thoughts began to happen. I thought about how nice it was to be out of the office on a pretty day. I thought about some upcoming plans and how I would get stuff done. And I thought about life in general. The result of all that quiet time and positive thought had me feeling very blessed. And that blessed feeling carried through into that peaceful confidence that always improves the day. It’s amazing what a little quiet time can do for you and pulling up a stump along the Kanawha River and just enjoying the sun is a great way to get it.

Before I close I want to give a HUGE shout out to the volunteers of the Make It Shine group on Facebook. When the river runs high it also picks up a lot of trash and litter. I was actually pretty heartbroken a few weeks ago when I saw how much plastic was deposited in the park over the winter. So many times when we make a statement about caring for the environment it a story about the tragedy of trash in the wrong place. But tonight I have a positive story to share about how the volunteers cleaned up one of my favorite places to stop and catch a moment of peace. To the 38 or so people who took it upon themselves to deal with huge mess I want to say thank you very much and I expect to join you on the next effort. Below is a collage of the before and after photos. I didn’t really get a lot of before photos but after photos will give you an idea of scale.

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