Unafraid

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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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First Bloom In 2020

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Softly the rain drifts through the mountains kissing the landscape before pooling and making it’s way back to the river. The cycles of the rise and fall of the water seem never ending in the Eastern Forests. I have the day off so I decided to take a trip and venture out to look for some fresh photos for you. These trips often mean me just driving until I spot something that stands out from the background. Which is exactly what happened today. I don’t know why this little spot in Smithers West Virginia is different but every year it yields the first blooms of the season. Usually several days ahead of the rest of my area. Forsythia is one of the very first plants to wake from its long winter slumber and smile at the passersby. The bright yellow flowers always bring a welcome break from the doldrums of winter. I don’t mean to mislead you. We do have more cold weather on the way. We’ve been told to expect snow within the next few days and it’s normal to see the Forsythia flowers covered with ice and snow. It opens not because of warm weather but because of the Earth’s angle to the sun and the length of the day. It’s because of this I believe that this little strip of land must have just the right solar aspects give it a head start on everything else. Officially, it’s only 22 or 21 days until the Calendar start of Spring But from the blooming of this bush forward is when the land really starts to wake up and get ready to receive the light.

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A Foggy Morning Of Adventures Past

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If not for the roar of Kanawha Falls the river would be completely lost in the thick winter fog. The big blue truck glides to a stop along the muddy shoreline below the hydroelectric plant. The raindrops drum steadily against the metal skin of the truck as I set the brakes and hop out to catch the willows silhouetted in the foggy sunrise. The mists rise from the falls and create a wall of mystery in the background. As a child I loved to play in the fog. My young imagination filled the fog with primeval creatures like dinosaurs and wooly mammoths. Legendary beasts roamed the fields and forests cloaked in heavy mists. In the days before Link and Zelda adventure was found wandering through enchanted lands when the fog shielded my eyes from the mundane. Even today I can imagine the coils of a prehistoric serpent sliding silently through the water. With a dead branch for a spear and an innertube powered slingshot I hunted these beasts back into extinction. As I got older the evening fog served as a perfect backdrop for a game of kick the can at twilight.

Even today I’m resisting the urge to don my rain gear and set off into the mists in search of adventure. But the ticking of a clock beckons me deeper into adulthood and I climb back aboard the big blue truck and return to highway with only the image in my lens to fuel a few daydreams. Childhood it seems is toughest on those that are only young at heart.

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A Rainy Day Dream Near Gad

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The occasional raindrop finds it’s way into the cab of my big blue truck through the slightly opening in the window. I can hear the sloshing of the wheels as I cruise across the top of the dam. The gray sky encompasses all that my eyes survey. The rain is steady but not heavy. As I approach the dam the rain lightens into a soft mist and I decided to step out for a few minutes. The ghost town of Gad lays just below somewhere. I’m to young to remember Gad but the terrain in some of the pictures I’ve seen looks close to the landscape just below the dam. The soft rain continues and I think about it soaking the mud and stones in what was once a fertile ground with crops and cattle. The ring foundation of an old silo is still visible even when the lake is full. I’m sure that lake bottom has been thoroughly searched by divers when it’s full and walkers at winter pool but I’ve always had daydreams of looking down at the mud and spotting a box of antique coins or jewelry that was left behind or lost when the town was evacuated. Such is the dreams of children. The idea came from a black and white photo of canvas tents on a hill and the rumor is that it was a civil war camp and a possible place where legendary “lost confederate gold” might have been. But when you study the history you learn that there was no gold to be shipped. In fact the south was lucky to have enough brass to build a cannon much less gold to pay soldiers. The truth about those tents is that it’s a photo of either a railroad survey crew or a band of gypsies that was known to use that spot. Which now that I think about it means it’s more likely that these last two groups would have gold to lose.

You can see the tents here as well as some of other photos of Gad.

The rain begins to pick up again and so I have to return my lens to its protective case after only a few shots and return myself to road home.

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Prince Of The Forest 3

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The young prince treads gently over the moss laden earth. His keen ears constantly zero in on every noise. As the soft mist floats by he moves to a spot where the lichens grow to feed. He seems to be completely at ease with the big blue truck slowly drifting along beside him. The park is his domain and he sees humans and trucks every day.

It’s a safe bet that he knew of my presence long before I saw him. Those ears that are angled backwards are keen enough that he can probably hear my heartbeat. I try to remember to breathe in long slow breaths to keep my heartbeat in sync with his. The ploy seems to work as he looks into the window of the truck for a moment and goes back to his meal. Not wanting to disturb him too much I lift my foot from the break and idle away. I want the deer to continue to be completely comfortable with my presence in hopes that I’ll be able to get closer next time.

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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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