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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Contentment On A Cool September Day

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The cooling air sweeps through the old hay field gently rocking the tall purple ironweed. It’s little harder to pick up the sweet smell of the bloom on cooler, dryer days but it’s still there. The older pipevine Swallowtail has no difficulty at all in finding her favorite meal as as she softly floats in on the breeze. Her battered wings and loss of dark scales tells me that her journey is nearly over. She’s already deposited her eggs on the pipevine in faith that her multiple broods will emerge in Spring and fill the hills with vibrant colors and joyful airial dances. With profound contentment she feeds. The fluttering of wings reminds me of a puppy wagging it’s tail as I watch through the lens of my camera. The window of my big blue truck provides the perfect cover to enjoy her beautiful routine as she explores each floret in the cluster. She seems to have no fear of me. Even though I’m using the long lens I was able to get close enough that I had to physically back away in order to focus.
With grace she works her way around the bloom lifts herself into the air. Before she departed to her next goal she flew so close to the truck window that I thought she come inside. At the last second she pulled up and circled hood a few times as if saying goodbye before riding the breeze to the far side of the pasture. Perhaps in Spring her children will also pay me a visit.

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Collecting Moments And Learning To Appreciate Mistakes

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Suspended In September 91320” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

Life is a collection of consecutive moments that we forge into reality as they are given. We began creating our today from bits and pieces of all the previous yesterdays. Each moment is a patchwork of successes and mistakes that form the thread we weave tomorrow with. It’s not really matter of if we fail but when. More importantly is how we use that failure in creating our future. We can build a wall of mistakes that imprison our own spirits in an impenetrable fortress of “I Can’t” or, we can use those same errant blocks to build a stairway that takes us beyond our previous limits. It all depends on how you arrange your mistakes. Today I was looking through my archive for some specific images to present to a client as potential book covers and the deeper into the past I got the more I cringed at what I had chosen to archive. A lot of images were over processed and there was virtually no control over lighting. Some of the images had such a poor flow that it was hard to tell what the subject was. And yet the overall pattern shows that I have built on my mistakes by learning from them. And I am more than certain that there will be more building blocks in the future.

When I look at tonight’s feature image of the Snowberry Clearwing Moth feeding on the chicory bloom I see life in motion. A moment of time suspended that carries all my previous moments that built up to the point when my eye and lens moved in sync with the moments of the moth’s life. It is as much a collection of lessons learned as it is a collection of successes.

I suppose that in conclusion of tonight’s post I simply wanted to encourage you to never allow a failure to hold you back on anything you try. Life is an expiriment in trial and error and the errors are not a stopping point. They’re just a way to find what does work.

The Shattered Sunset. An alternative mythos of the Monarch butterfly.

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Monarch & Joe Pye Weed 90820a” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

From my youth I have always been fascinated with myth and legend. So much so that sometimes I write alternative mythos. My mythology isn’t intended to be anything but good entertainmen and any resemblance to the mythology of an actual culture is purely coincidence.

The marsh falls silent in the September sun as the Monarch explores the sweet blooms that dominate the edge of water. The orange butterfly gracefully navigates through through the bloom and checks each of the florets with delicate precision. My imagination began to concoct a mythos of the Monarch.

My minds eye conceives a sachem on the edge of a cliff looking out over the New River Gorge. As the sun sets below the canyon rim get beholds the sunset in all its glory. But in his vision a shooting star strikes that part of the sky and the sunset shatters into the night sky. The amber shards of the sky fall into canyon and litter the ground. Saddened by the loss of the beautiful sunset the sachem is moved to play a mournful tune on his flute. As his tears fall into canyon they rain onto the shards of amber sunset and they began to live. Through his tears the sachem sees the living sunset shards and his mournful tune changes to an expression of joy. He continues to pipe the more lively tune into the dawn when the transformation of the sky shards into butterflies is complete and the valley below is filled with life. And so the Monarch butterfly now begins it’s life feeding on the bitterness of the milkweed but soon transforms into little living sunset full of joy.

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A Red Dragon Encounter

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Along the gravel berm that lines the single lane road a red dragon stalks the sky. He moves as swift as an arrow snagging his prey from among the reeds and each time returning to his perch on the dry seedhead. His scarlet tones set him apart from anything else above the marsh. And if I am correct, he’s never been documented in this area before. I believe that what I have stumbled upon is a Ruby Meadowhawk.

The Ruby Meadowhawk is new to me. I’ve seen various blue, green and brown dragonflies and damselflies over my life and a few of the red ones in other states. But, this is the first red dragonfly that I’ve encountered in the state of West Virginia. So naturally the first thing I did was a Google Image search to try and find a match. I was presented with 3 possible hits.

The Ruby Meadowhawk, the White Faced Meadowhawk and the Cherry Faced Meadowhawk.

The White Faced Meadowhawk is just what it sounds like. The photos and descriptions online say that the distinguishing characteristic of the White Faced Meadowhawk is a pure white face as compared to the Ruby Meadowhawk which gas a tan face. Likewise, the Cherry Faced Meadowhawk has a face that turns red when mature and seems to be a Western species.

My Meadowhawk has a tan face which is the mark of the Ruby Meadowhawk.

The only Map of species distribution that I could find comes from iNatualist.org and shows a few confirmed sightings in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle and sightings in Morgantown but central and southern West Virginia show no confirmed sightings. The map is updated daily and seems to be current.

So did I find something worthy of a note? I don’t know. Right now all I know is that it seems to something that’s not supposed to be in my area.

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