A Mountain Sanctuary

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One of the flowers that look forward to the most is the trout lily. I actually covered it as a forage plant about this time last year in Forage Friday #4. But today I just wanted to celebrate the simple beauty of the golden pedals and mauve anthers. The nodding flower looks almost as if it’s engaged in quiet meditation or prayers. Perhaps that’s one reason why the little spot just inside the trees feels like a sanctuary. It’s full of the prayers and meditations of nature. Alongside the trout lily the Jacob’s Ladder also seems to be in deep contemplation with its hood of purple pedals drawn over its face.

I was once told that when you talk to God that’s prayer but when you listen, that’s meditation. There’s no better place for either one than here on my mountain surrounded by my forest. When John Denver said “Almost Heaven” he was most certainly right.

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When The Flowers Form Constellations

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The light sweeps over forest floor and the shadows grow long while I crawl through the thick mat of last year’s leaves. All around me the pockets of moss grow thick and ever so slowly encroach on the open ground. The songbirds are calling and a little earlier I saw the first butterfly of 2020. The trees are definitely awake and some of the maples have put on new leaves that are beginning to unfurl and welcome the warm rays of the sun. The burgeoning Spring landscape is changing so fast now that one day is all it takes to miss some of the smaller changes. The little False Rue Anemone was nothing more than a cluster of tiny leaves one day and the next day they were fully open. The little white blooms are spread across the forest floor like the stars in the night sky. Somewhere in the depths of imagination constellations begin to form in the clusters of flowers complete with their own myths. The archetypes are the same. Lovers, hunters, creatures of legend and high adventure with a moral to the story. Soon these flowers will close and others will open up a new chapter in the myths but for now I have these little beauties in my sanctuary.

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False Rue Anemone In The Afternoon.

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The late afternoon is already blending into early evening as I reach my little sanctuary on little elk mountain. The procession of the Appalachian Wildflowers brings a new pleasure on a daily basis. My land is painted in a matrix of tiny little dots. Some are colorful and others are white. The one in tonight’s feature image caught my attention when I noticed the delicate shape of the tiny leaves being somewhat reminiscent of a mitten. I was thrilled just to see something green popping up through the duff but the little white flowers opened and revealed the world of glory inside. The bloom was capped by a golden crown. And the little flowers seem to fix their gaze on the sun as it began it’s descent into the West.

The flowers are called False Rue Anemone and it’s one that I’ve only just begun to look into so for now I am just thankful to enjoy it’s simple beauty.

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Morning Serenity

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The new day greets the big blue truck with a cool mist as we roll down the Midland Trail into the Kanawha Valley. The roads through the mountains are lined with little waterfalls and moss covered rocks that bring the feel of an arcane world that lays just inside the boles of nearby trees.
In truth, the little waterfall is right on the main road and like most of roads here there’s just enough room for me to completely leave the highway and be comfortable setting up my gear. I am aware of the traffic as the other cars surge past on their way to the daily grind but my focus is on the water as it cascades from the rocks. The contrast between the flowing water and the static stones brings a soothing feeling to the hurried morning. The sound of the trickling water and the smell of the fresh green moss soaks into the core of my very being and for a moment I am at one with God through his handiwork. The connection brings peaceful contentment and the strength to get through the rest of the day.

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Unafraid

Hello friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Winter Rain In The Forest 22520″and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The rain falls lightly on the dead leaves as I ease the big blue truck up Panther Mountain. This time of year good photo ops are bit of s challenge and so I have to drive a little farther and look a little harder to bring fresh images. The cold rain is almost like a mist and it floats as much as it falls. On the edge of the trail a rabbit disappears silently into the brambles.

Maybe it’s the news and all the scary stories or maybe it was seeing a rabbit on panther mountain but it brought to mind the Pipe Smoking Rabbit story.

I first encountered the legend in the movie “The Edge” as Anthony Hopkins explains why a paddle has a panther painted on one side and a rabbit smoking a pipe on the other. Rather than try to type out the whole story, here’s a link to the scene.

The rabbit character in the Native American stories i s a trickster much like Jack from a myriad of European stories who survives in his wits. The moral of the story is that the secret to overcoming fear and panic is logical thought. The pipe being a symbol of taking time to think and problem solve before acting. I have noticed that in my own life I only made mistakes that got me deeper into trouble when I reacted out of fear and worry verses problem solving before acting.

I looked deep into the brambles to see if I could get a clean image of the rabbit in his little thorny fortress and just as I saw him I could have sworn that he winked into the camera before he vanished behind the canes.

The Rabbit Has No fear

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Time And Perception

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The evening light lingers just a while longer as I step out of the big blue truck with my camera. The constant hum of the hydroelectric plant can be heard over the roar of the falls as I extend the legs of my tripod. I have become obsessed with capturing the silky essence of overflowing water as it pours out over the dam and across the rocks. The secret of pulling peace from the chaos of the crashing water is time. In today’s world of instant gratification and high speed communication it’s easy to feel like you’re being overwhelmed and pulled under. That’s when it’s important to take control of the time and slow things down a bit. We all have a time machine in our heads. If you have ever been in an accident or had an event that happened quickly when you play it back in your head you see the effect of the time machine working. Think about that cup of coffee that was knocked off of the edge of counter. Does it play back in slow motion? As a teenager playing football I was a tackle. Tackles aren’t really known for handling the ball. My hands were like bricks but the one time that I caught the ball it seemed to just hang in mid air waiting for my brick-like hands to find their grasp. I learned that night that most challenges are simply a matter of perception. My perception of time had slowed down and given my body a chance to react. I have had the same experience with a vehicle accident giving me the chance to adjust the speed and angle of impact that allowed me to walk away from the wreckage by minimizing the force of the collision.

In both of these incidents the time perception phenomenon was reflex and instinct. It’s not really something that most people can do on purpose. But when I think about it, most of life’s problems are not so urgent as to trigger the reflex. But that also means that a person can take a deep breath and observe the patterns correctly. In the vast majority of life there’s more time than perceived and knowing the patterns means predictably. Predictably means that a plan can be made and a plan keeps things silky smooth.

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A Trip To Summersville Lake On The Cusp Of Spring

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Standing out over the water on a silent morning I look out over the lake that has been such large part of my life. The water always seems to carry it’s own mood. I have seen the lake display it’s anger when choppy waters are a greenish gray and seem to want to toss small boats onto the rocky shore. But thankfully today is different. Today a profound peace fills the canyon as the surrounding beauty soaks into the water. The glassy reflection gives the illusion of another world laying just below the surface.

The Grand Tour Of Salmon Run At Winter Pool

Pulling back from the water in panoramic mode makes the other side look like an island floating in a sea of clouds. I have never been on a kayak but days like today do make me long for the ability to toss in and just paddle until I’ve explored all 50 miles of shoreline. If not for Hughes’s Bridge it would be easy to picture one’s self as an explorer surveying some ancient world long forgotten. The caves and overhangs along the canyon walls may have been shelter for people who once thrived here. I have often wondered if you looked around would you find stone tools deep inside them? As ponder the possibility of the past a huge swirl breaks the surface and dissipates without revealing its source. I’m reminded of the legendary giant catfish that are said to hole up in those same caves in summer. But this one gets to remain as the one that got away. I just wasn’t fast enough to get a clear image of even the ripples and the legend continues as myth.

The ripples were gone before I could zoom in and focus.

Perhaps the next trip I’ll run into the fishermen who finally landed a monster.

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