November Crossing 2020

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The cold November wind roars by spitting trace amounts of snow. Most of the fall color has been stripped away by Old Man Winter’s icy breath. By chance I was able to make a trip to the Salmon Run area of Summersville Lake. Here in area only accessible to me during winter pool I gaze across the water and consider the landscape that once was. A flood control lake such as this is almost an aquatic desert. The stumps of a forest long gone rest on stone and muck like tombstones. The discarded Christmas trees dot the landscape behind me on what was once a park like meadow.

Before me lays the remaining essence of the lake. Within its depths small country lanes cross a murky landscape of abandoned foundations left by those who tamed a rugged wilderness. The bridge stretches across the moody skys like an angel’s highway going from mountain to mountain. And yet here in this melancholy domain of the dark months there is peace and solitude. A place where one can escape from the tick of a clock and imposing thoughts of the outside world. Occasionally I hear the calls the crows reminding me that this is their domain until Spring when the new light is strong and life awakens once more.

My annual pilgrimage to this particular place has become another marker in my natural calendar. At the time of this writing it’s only 4 weeks and 5 days until the sun awakens and begins to push back the shadows. This is point when the forest sleeps and renews itself for the splendor of Spring. This is the season for mankind to enjoy the steam from a thermos of coffee and began to plan for gardens, tinker in shops and enjoy the warmth of the hearth with loved ones. It is a time to draw stories from the depths of imagination and send an inner light into the world. Dreams are made in the downtime of the dark months and it’s from those dreams we shape the reality of our lives. And with that final thought I must end this post.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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The Great Blue Heron Of October 2020

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Drop by drop the Spring rains filled Summersville Lake until it covered 28,000 acres. And in the Fall the gates open and the water recedes down to winter pool. Visually, the empty lake bed has always reminded me of desert with it’s scattered stones, long dead tree stumps and small stream. However, it’s anything but dry. In some places the mud is knee deep but in others it’s only a few inches down to the hard stone bottom. In those spots it’s great to find tracks and get an idea of what kinds of animals are around. But this time when I looked down into the empty lake the animal was still there.

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The Heron family of birds are the very definition of stealth. They sometimes stalk the creek in front of my house and in spite of being a large bird you won’t notice them until you’re too close for their comfort. Then the sudden takeoff and massive wings can give you a good scare. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have an encounter with a Pterodactyl I’m fairly certain that walking up on the Great Blue Heron is probably a close proximity.

He stood there as still as the driftwood around him waiting for the small bait fish to try and make their way downstream to the main waters.

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I hadn’t truly appreciated how sharp his vision is until he slowly changed position and began to crouch.

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With one powerful flap of those huge wings he was airborn and closing in on his quarry that was about 80 yards upstream.

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He also showed some strategy in over shooting his target, circling back and landing in a position that would have to cause his prey to look into the sun in order to see the attack. Once back on the ground he coiled that long neck into an S shape and rushed in. The strike was flawless and as soon he swallowed the first fish he flew back to his original position and picked up the one that thought it had gotten away. The Heron is truly a remarkable predator!

We have a tendency to get the mindset that when the campers and boaters are gone that the lake has nothing to offer but in reality the wildlife is just getting started.

Well Friends, that’s it for tonight and thank you for joining me for this one. Good night and be blessed throughout your days.

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The October Echoes

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Standing on the shore of Summersville Lake as it returns to winter pool is a surreal feeling. Knowing that this was once farms and forests makes me feel as though a grave is being opened before my eyes to reveal bones of stone. I’m drawn into the world of the past as I wonder about the conversations spoken on trails that have been washed away from decades of flooding. The trails are gone but the voices still echo near the foundation of a silo on the distant shore. Their words are indistinct but the tone is one of family and friendship enjoyed as a hard day’s work comes to a welcomed close above the river. Other voices come from a general store as horses trot by the doorway while neighbors make plans for a harvest celebration. Clouds roll through the October sky to greet the geese in formation as they travel south. The geese honk to each other and on the ground below a whimsical child responds with the bulb horn of his father’s model T. Are there ghosts in the bottom of the lake? Or are they just echoes of the heart longing for a connection to the past?

Don’t take a single moment for granted friends and be blessed throughout your days .

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The Echoes Of Summer 2020

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Summersville Lake in late September is always a bittersweet experience. Most of the people on the lake now are locals and and only a handful of boats send ripples across her surface. A small group children still play at the Battle Run swimming area. Their laughter carries across the receeding lake like summer’s last echoes. This is the Fall of 2020 and young blood has been fated to a few extra days of sunshine and pleasure. In my heart I know that it’s a more natural way of living. But the sounds of joyous freedom are mingled with the laughter of crows as well. The dark birds know full well that in just a few weeks the sun will sleep and the leaves will turn bright colors before dropping to ground. When the air is cool enough the lake will be their’s save for the most dedicated fishermen that hope to draw a walleye from the chilling depths. As I stand on the newly revealed shoreline and gaze across the waning water I find myself both mournful that the season has come to a close and yet thankful for the the solitude offered by the emptying resovore.

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Enjoying The Last Few Days Of The Lake Season

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In the last days of the summer heat we flock to the lake to enjoy just a few more days of the tranquil life. It’s been ages since I’ve actually merged with the waters and allowed myself to slip from the busy outside world. I’ve piloted small cruisers and pontoon boats on the lake and it’s nice to be able to cover the range of travel that Summersville Lake offers but in some ways the larger vessels are also a barrier to the experience of the water. But a small human powered craft is more than a mode of travel. It’s a link that syncs with the environment. The connection to the water is undeniable from the moment you settle in and begin to stroke the water with an oar or paddle. The motorboat is a fine machine but canoes, kayaks and jon boats are living beings with a soul of their own. As you glide through the water your craft speaks to you. Her voice is more felt than heard as she guides you to the other side of lake. The bond is a partnership of human and boat as they perform a choreographed dance through the liquid world. Perhaps the voyage is to track a fish waiting in special spot or maybe it’s journey of discovery just to see what’s over there on the other shore. Or maybe it’s all about the solitude of a quiet cove laden with driftwood and to spot the deer enjoying a rest in the shadows. The opportunity for enjoying this bond is growing shot. The Lake itself will soon leave it’s summer home in the mountains of West Virginia and march south to Gulf of Mexico to join the Atlantic Ocean. And old Sol grows weary from lending his warmth to the world.

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