Liquid Flames Of An Appalachian Fall

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The crisp Fall air is disturbed only by the occasional gust that sends a cascade of brightly colored leaves pouring out of the forest. I have been working long hours and it’s well past time for a breath of fresh air so I grab a camera and meander around my property. Earlier this morning my dog “Scout” had flushed out a great blue heron out of the creek that runs through the front of my yard. I knew that after such a chastising from the porch that the odds of the large crane-like bird returning were long but I decided to give my best and venture out to the edge of the forest and see if it was there. The heron was long gone and probably stalking the Gauley River by now. I took a deep breath and drew in the scent of the fall. Fall has a sweet earthy aroma that similar to sphagnum moss but sweeter and mixed with the smoke of my closest neighbor’s fire. He’s already burning the oak that’s been curing for at least a year. I listened to sharp call of a female Cardnial keeping up with her mate in hopes that they would wander within range of my lens. The squirrels are still playing in trees but the leaves are still giving them plenty of cover to hide in. I turned my attention to the water as it flowed over the large flat sandstone bottom of the creek and fomed a shallow pool. Different shades of yellow, orange and red floated through the pool and swirled in the eddies. I decided to try for a shot o f a leaf in the water. Then the light spoke to me. It spoke in the form of swirling and flickering tones of fall leaves backlit by the autumn sun. The light told me a story of flames dancing on the water and eventually merging with the stream to become the liquid flames in the image. I love it when a photo gives me that otherworldly feel. I didn’t even really need to do much editing to this one. I simply adjusted for clarity and took out a tiny bit of noise and it instantly became one of my favorite “abstract” photos. I was so inspired by the look of the orange and yellow that I cropped it down and turned the flames upright.

Image Titled “Liquid Flames B”

Today was the last day of sunshine in North America. Tonight somewhere in the inky blackness an hour of sunshine is taken away and gives birth to the cold gray world of winter. But, I now have a fire to keep me warm until April.

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The Color Of Tranquility

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The big blue truck takes me down the Midland Trail just as it does nearly every day. The exception being that this time the sun is higher in the sky than usual. The cool Fall rains have fallen softly onto the mountains rescuing the chance for those Fall Colors. The changes are still in the early stages as lush green leaves begin to shift into the different tones. The Kanawha River peacefully echoes the forests as they reveal their glory to all of creation. I have no particular schedual today and it’s a perfect moment to stop by the water and refill my “tranquility reserves”.

As gaze at the wonderful creation thats been laid out before my eyes the thought that fills my heart is that “Light is the language of the forest and the trees sing in harmony”.

What must it be like to be able to actually hear their voices?

Believe it or not, there is an answer to that question. There’s a rare medical condition known as Synesthesia where some people see sounds and hear color. (Clicking the blue link takes you to a virtual reality video of what it’s like to experience Synesthesia). A good Appalachian Fall must be quite a concert for those people. I can only imagine what that would be but my imagination sees a sound graph in the reflections on the water.

As the season progresses the songs will come to crescendo and slowly fade away as a lullaby when the forest sleeps and only the silence will echo through the mountains.

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Perfect Moments

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Meditation. The word conjures up mental images of a Yogi or martial arts master sitting in a candlelit room while incense laden smoke curls towards the heavens. Or in the modern era a vision of Yoda perfecting his mastery of the Force. But in reality it’s just deep contemplation and relaxing the mind. Techniques vary. Some people are more formal and emulate the examples above while blocking the outside world with iron willed discipline. Others engage their creative drive and get lost in process of skillfully bringing a work of art into the world. Some simply toss a line into the water and work to prefect the retrieve in an effort to cause a fish to rise.

Whatever it is that a person does to unwind and settle the mind is a form of meditation. In my youth I read a lot of martial arts stuff and there was always a section on meditation instructing you sit this way and breathe that way and if you do it just right time will freeze and you’ll have a perfect moment. In reality, I fell asleep a lot. If that perfect moment ever happened to me I snored right through it. In my dreams Mr. Miyagi did a face palm and muttered in Japanese.

Some time later I realized that all that was really needed was to unplug for a little while. I revitalized my walk with God and that allowed me to begin to talk with God as opposed to talking at God. I began to understand that prayer and meditation are two sides of the same coin. It wasn’t a breathing technique and you don’t have to focus on a flame until you go cross eyed. You just need to relax and have a conversation with your friend. Time doesn’t really freeze but don’t be surprised if you don’t notice it’s passage.

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Delta Waves In Blue A Dreamworld Experience

A quick note to some of my newer followers. Occasionally I capture an image that is so surreal that it inspires a tale that can only happen in my wildest dreams. Tonight’s feature image was taken on the Kanawha River of the summer sky reflected in the water above the hydroelectric plant at Kanawha Falls.

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When my eyes opened I found myself laying in the cool grass beneath a large oak tree. The large oak tree seemed to whisper in the breeze welcoming me back to the dreamworld. I smiled as I rose to my feet in one motion and was walking. As I stepped the ground seemed to fall away from underneath me and before I could react I was swimming in the sky. The clouds parted in my wake and sent ripples across the deep blue plane. That was when I spotted the comet skipping along the surface. As the comet passed by I heard it giggle and decided to join in on the fun. A game of follow the leader ensued as I chased the comet. We bounced off of the clouds. It was like being inside a pinball machine. We zipped up and zoomed down until we passed the top of my mountains. There on the highest peak was the whispering oak. It’s time to come home.” He said softly. With one last long loop I circled the ridge and waved goodbye to the comet. The liquid atmosphere allowed me to fall gently under the branches once more as my eyes closed.

I awoke from the dreamworld and it was still dark. The light from hallway spilled through the cracks around my bedroom door. Glancing at the alarm clock, I saw that it was only 4:00 AM and there was still plenty of time before I had to start my day. I rolled over and drew the bedsheets up over my shoulders. And just as closed my eyes I swear that I heard giggles coming from outside of my window.

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The Melting Sky And Late Night Philosophy Discussions.

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What is real? Are there levels of reality? What is the universe made of and what does it hang on? These are the late night questions of a group of college friends. Maybe it was the magic formula of young minds, late nights and a sense of wonderment but the occasional break between studies often brewed conversations about things like Schrodinger’s cat and the double slit expiriment. Eventually someone would would point out that observation affects the outcome of the experiment and then the wild theories game was on. Reality would melt like a watercolor painting in the rain.

I suppose that’s where my appreciation for surrealism came from. If the expectations of a physicist could make a photon veer towards the left or right then perhaps the whole nature of the universe was subject to the expectations of those who observe it. What if Schrodinger subconsciously chooses the fate of his cat. It kinda makes since until you notice that you haven’t won the Powerball jackpot yet. ( Tho obvious answer being that it’s because everyone else is also expecting and we all cancel each other out until enough of us forget to expect and someone in Indiana wins. 😉 )

So how did I make the sky melt for tonight’s feature image? Well, I accidentally proved that observation doesn’t really affect the outcome of the experiment. Basically, I killed Schrodinger’s cat. The original intention was to get a panoramic view of the clouds reflecting on the Kanawha River. However, the sensors that detect how the camera is oriented became confused and stitched the image vertically instead of horizontally. The ripples on the water became elongated and the whole image took on the melting feel. I cleaned up the image a bit and liked the outcome so I kept it. It kinda reminds me of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. I have tried but have never been to duplicate the effect consistently. ( Again disproving the active observation theory.)

For now I’ll have to be satisfied with just this one unique image in my collection and maintain my position that there is order to the universe and that order is occasionally disrupted.

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A Fish Tale

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Every lake has it’s legends. Scotland has Nessie, Lake Champlain boasts of Champ and the ancient Greeks told of the Kraken. But deep down beneath the surface of Summersville Lake something glides through the sunken town of Gad. The light doesn’t penetrate down there so the creature must prefer the darkness. I’ll never forget trolling up to one of the larger houseboats on the lake one summer morning and being shown the large ocean rig snapped off at base and a large hook that was pulled out straight. I may have even caught a glimpse of the scaly beast a few days later when a sudden swirl of water swallowed up an eighteen inch long copperhead. We motored over for a better look but only found the serpent’s head as it slowly disappeared into the murky depths. A local diver is said to be the only person who came face to face with the monster fish and lived to tell the tale of the giant catfish in Summerville Lake.

Just like in any good tale of a legendary beast there’s a bit of controversy. Some people say that it’s all wild imagination. The ocean rod and hook could have snagged a log or large rock under the water. The diver could have been closer to a large but normal sized fish than he thought. The pictures in the local dive shop could be a forced perspective. ( objects closer than they appear. ) But then again. The lake is 300 feet deep in the summer. The lake covers over 2,700 acres and has over 60 miles of shoreline. If that’s not enough space to hide a monster then there’s also submerged caves.

This is one of caves in Summerville Lake that is said to shelter a giant catfish. During the summer it’s well below the water line.

The cave pictured here has an opening about the size of a small garage door. The picture was taken during winter when the lake had been drained. There’s plenty of room in there for an abnormal sized fish to hide.

I know what some of you are thinking. “If they drain the lake every year then why isn’t there a giant catfish laying in the mud?” The answer is that they don’t fully drain the lake. I don’t exactly know what the depth is at winter pool but it’s still pretty deep.

Summerville Lake at winter pool is still a large body of water.

In the next photo we see Summersville Lake at winter pool. In the frame you can see the old road that once lead to the town of Gad.

I have written before that the Corps Of Engineers nearly named the lake after the town of Gad. Which would have made it Gad Dam Lake and any giant catfish living in the lake a Gad Dam monster. ( since I only post pictures that I’ve taken myself here is a link to story of Gad including photos from the past. Underwater Ghost Town )

Until someone actually manages to haul a 300 pound catfish up from the sunken town of Gad it will remain in realm of legend. In the meantime, I have the natural illusion of a giant fish made by a cluster of fallen trees in the Salmon Run area of Summersville Lake.

So now I have to ask. Do you have a legend of giant fish where you live?

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A June Wedding For The Gauley River.

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The Gauley River wears a veil of mist as she marches forward to meet the New River and become the Kanawha River. She’s adorned with the reflections of the trees that stand as witnesses to her joining. In the middle of her waters is the remnant of the original bridge that was made of wood and stone. When I have time to stop and catch a breath the old foundation is one of those things that I like to focus on. The cut stone appears to be held together with nothing but gravity. Even the worst flooding in one-thousand years wasn’t enough to erase the history of the old foundation.

A closer view of the original bridge foundation. It seems to be held together by the sheer mass of the stones .

As I continue to join the trees in witnessing the marriage of the Gauley River and the New River the water’s surface is suddenly alive with small V shaped wakes as a school of bluegill feed on the surface.

Upstream I can see that the fog has begun to thicken and fill the valley. The opportunity for photos will soon pass. I raise my lens and capture the pageantry of nature.

The evening sun slips below the ridge and it’s time for my big blue truck to complete the trek home.

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