Tears Of The Rose

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The gray sky continued to drizzle rain into the mountains throughout most of the Fall. As I softly tread the wet ground the rose hips catch my eye. The raindrops hang like tiny crystals catching the light of sun.

The longer I looked the more they resembled Christmas decorations. Rose hips were popular winter decor in Victorian times. Especially in rural areas where fine blown glass was not as easy to come by and in a time when plastic decorations were less prevalent if they even existed. ( officially, plastic was invented in 1907 but wasn’t widely used until the 1960s).

Trimming the tree and brightening up the home was a family activity. Instead of a wreath made of plastic pine needles real evergreens were hand crafted fresh every year with the process being a bonding experience. Embellishments often included the bright red berries of roses, harvested nuts and various other fruits. The shared life experience with friends and family was part of the gift and not just the acquisition of stuff.

It comes to mind now that perhaps the droplets that hand so delicately from the red berries are tears. Perhaps the rose misses taking it’s place in the celebration and the families that brought it into their homes for the holidays.

We live in a world where the wonders of technology enables us to do things that our ancestors couldn’t even comprehend. Don’t let it take away from the experience of life. Do things together.

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The Stillness

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The big blue truck is parked on the edge of the marsh as I scan the landscape for any sign of life. Just a few short months ago this place was teeming with wildlife and the air was full of bird’s songs. Today even the wind seems to be idle as I continue to search the sea of cattail hoping for a glimpse of colorful feathers.

Image Titled “The Stillness 2”

The lone tree in the middle of the marsh caught my eye. It’s the only tree on this side of the road. It seemed to be longing for the birds to return home and fill it with the joyful calls and cackles. The marsh rose bears it’s brilliant red hips with no eye to behold it’s gift except for the seeker who stands on the edge of the cattails.

Image Titled “The Rose’s Second Gift”

I turned my attention to the sky above and the clouds are thick and heavy with melancholy. Surely they will soon begin weeping over the sleeping landscape.

I turned once more to my big blue truck and decided that I should continue to seek out the wildlife in another area when in the distance something rattled the dry leaves of the cattails. I spun around just in time to see the blue jay as it deftly plucked a rose hip from out of the thorns. He didn’t tarry long but swiftly returned to the thick cover of the cattail leaves. From deep within the marsh he gave an angry call. He wasn’t happy to a human near his feeding grounds. Then another jay called out in response and his call was echoed by several more. There was life in the marsh after all. And where there are jays there are Cardnials and Thrashers and many more.

Just because life isn’t obvious doesn’t really mean that it’s missing. Sometimes it’s just a season of stillness and seasons change. At the time of this writing the new light is just hours away. The sun will begin to rise earlier and set later. The winter is the season of the returning light. And with it will come new life.

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Rainy Days On The Kanawha River

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The rain falls gently into the landscape surrounding my Appalachian home. Each drop momentarily dances on the Kanawha River before merging with the waters and joining in the flow. I often wonder about the hidden landscapes beneath the rivers. The lake is drained every year and even though it’s never really completely empty we can still see much of what’s hidden. The old foundations of Gad and the broken roads become visible.

The hidden landscape of Salmon Run including an underwater bridge.

But whatever lays beneath the deep places of the river are always a mystery.  I imagine deep canyons  patrolled by packs walleye and dark underwater caves guarded by monstrous catfish.   I wonder if they look up with same sense of simple amazement at the ripples on the surface? Do they understand their connection to the sky and know that their world falls from the heavens in tiny little drops that dance in joy before joining the great flow towards the oceans?

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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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Refreshed

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My eyes slowly open to darkened room lit only by the alarm clock numbers next to my bed. My head is still a little foggy as read the numbers and learn that it’s only 4:00 A.M.. I’ve only been asleep for two hours so I pull the covers up and try to go back to sleep. Then I hear it. The rhythmic tapping sound of water dripping onto the window sill. I knew that the rain had finally found my mountain. I listened as the taps got faster and stronger. Soon the sound blended into white noise and it wasn’t long before the sandman lulled my back into a deep sleep.

The next morning came with that wonderful smell of the forest after a good steady rain. The birds were all out playing in the puddles and the landscape seemed less pale.

The rain continues to fall gently over the mountains refreshing the earth. As it collected on the windshield of my big blue truck I wanted to stop and just play in the rain.

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Summer Rain On Three Rivers.

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Tall clouds tower above the steep hills in the three rivers area. Mists raise up from the moss covered forest to meet the oncoming rain. The frogs start to sing as the first drops hit the leaves. The rain is steady but the wind is calm.

Looking out over the Kanawha River and listening to the approach of the rain brings back the memories of a simpler time in a mobile home. Whenever the summer rain came in from the West I would listen to droplets hitting the metal roof. It always started slowly. You could tell what part of the roof the drops would hit by the pitch of the tinkling. Deeper notes came from the central peak of the arch. The higher pitch sound came from the edge and the bell like ringing came from the cap of the stove pipe. Eventually they blended together in a crescendo that would drown out everything. The white noise made the perfect environment for deep sleep. I would lay down and it seemed like I slept so deep that I wouldn’t notice how much time had passed. The next morning the air smelled clean and we would go out and play on the temporary creeks that formed as the water made it’s way to the sea. There was always time to splash in puddles and try to catch salamanders that came out to enjoy the wet conditions.

A large drop of water hits the roof of the big blue truck and splashes onto the back of my neck which brings me back to the present. The leading edge of the downpour is now on my side of the falls and it’s time to get back to the shelter of my own piece of the mountains.

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I’ve Seen The Signs

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The humid summer air made the mountain forests feel like a jungle as I stepped out of the house this morning. On my way to the big blue truck I paused to check the grass. No dew this morning. As I placed my pack in the front seat I double checked the outside pocket to make sure that I had some rain gear with me. My poncho was snuggly rolled up in it’s place. As I made my way around to the driver’s side the lonely cry of a Mourning Dove confirmed my suspicion that rain was on the way.

It wasn’t really that long ago that the weather report wasn’t really as easy as checking your phone or smart watch. The prognosticators would study their instruments and give their best guess. There was no Doppler radar or 3D modeling to aid them but still they managed to be right. Well, sometimes. Before that the real old timers would read the signs in nature. Guessing the weather predictions was as much of an art as it was a science so tonight I wanted to share a few of the weather signs that I know with you.

Red skies at night. Sailor’s delight is probably the most well-known weather sign in the western world.

The photo on the right shows the red sky above my home. There’s a bunch of complicated science that explains why the sky turns red but what it meant to the old timers was that fair weather was on its way. This was of particular interest to those at sea. I have forgotten most of spectrum but there’s a whole range of colors that are old time weather indicators. The system takes into account the time of day and the season to fortell the type of weather.

Dew on the grass means that weather will be dry.

Farmers and outdoorsman would check the grass in morning to see if was wet with dew. The Bible says that in the days before Noah a mist rose from the ground and watered the soil. I have found it to accurate that a wet lawn in morning means no rain. And that when there’s no dew the rain will happen within a couple of days of not a few hours.

The Mourning Dove is also a pretty useful weather sign. Like the frogs they always seem to sing the most prior to rain. I have no explanation for how they know what the weather will be but I suspect that at least part of it has to do with their ability to sense magnet fields. I downloaded a scientific sensor app for my phone and one of things that I like to pay attention to is the ambient magnetic fields. There always seems to be a spike before a storm. One of really strange things is how livestock seems to understand the intensity and length of the storm. If the cattle huddle together under cover then the rain storm tends to be short but if the they continue graze during the rain storm then it will last all day.

Is it possible that cattle are masters of meteorology?

A few miscellaneous indicators of are aches and pains in joints, condensation on drinks and pipes, moon dogs ( a halo around the moon ), the number chirps of crickets and where I live the leaves of the trees turn upside down.

I’m sure that if I thought about it for a while I could come up with a pretty extensive list but I want to hear about your weather signs. What do you look for other than technology to know what it’s going to be in your area?

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