A Trip To Summersville Lake On The Cusp Of Spring

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Standing out over the water on a silent morning I look out over the lake that has been such large part of my life. The water always seems to carry it’s own mood. I have seen the lake display it’s anger when choppy waters are a greenish gray and seem to want to toss small boats onto the rocky shore. But thankfully today is different. Today a profound peace fills the canyon as the surrounding beauty soaks into the water. The glassy reflection gives the illusion of another world laying just below the surface.

The Grand Tour Of Salmon Run At Winter Pool

Pulling back from the water in panoramic mode makes the other side look like an island floating in a sea of clouds. I have never been on a kayak but days like today do make me long for the ability to toss in and just paddle until I’ve explored all 50 miles of shoreline. If not for Hughes’s Bridge it would be easy to picture one’s self as an explorer surveying some ancient world long forgotten. The caves and overhangs along the canyon walls may have been shelter for people who once thrived here. I have often wondered if you looked around would you find stone tools deep inside them? As ponder the possibility of the past a huge swirl breaks the surface and dissipates without revealing its source. I’m reminded of the legendary giant catfish that are said to hole up in those same caves in summer. But this one gets to remain as the one that got away. I just wasn’t fast enough to get a clear image of even the ripples and the legend continues as myth.

The ripples were gone before I could zoom in and focus.

Perhaps the next trip I’ll run into the fishermen who finally landed a monster.

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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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A Lazy Day At The Lake

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Two of my favorite environments are next to any body of water and in the presence of trees. That’s why this little spot in the overflow at Salmon Run is one of my go to spots for relaxation. The lower limbs of the big old tree dip down to almost touch the water and forms a little “tent” to shelter out the hot sun. The fish seem to really like this spot too. Bass and Bluegills patrol the edges of the water and hang out near the submerged wood. Occasionally a massive carp surfaces and quickly rolls back down to murky depths.

The local kids get a big thrill from feeding the fish. They toss a few bits of stale bread on water and wait for them to disappear in tumult of hungry fish.

I took tonight’s feature image in the summer of 2008. It’s become one that I often pull out in the blahs of winter to give myself a little mood boost as I wait for the weather to catch up with my soul’s desires.

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A Trip To The Lake At Winter Pool

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The empty lake waits longingly for days of warm sun and noisy laughter echoing from its canyon walls. Today, only a few dedicated kayaks tread it’s waters. Some are taking advantage of the the better fishing opportunity that comes with winter pool and others just seek the peaceful solitude of the open water and rocky shores.

Somewhere beyond the bridge a whitetail deer leaves hoofprints in a place where a catfish once laid on the bottom waiting for nightfall.

Image Titled “Lake Sirens 1”

Tree stumps gather on the rocks and fire the imagination with thoughts of sirens calling out for Odysseus to come just a little closer.

Image Titled “Lake Dragon With Long Tail “

Just below the sirens a dragon with a long tail sleeps on a rock shelf guarding a treasure that washed away in ages past.

I sat there in my big blue truck for several minutes wondering how many more stories could be found on the empty lake bottom but the road calls for me to move beyond the murky world of the lake bottom and finish my errands. Perhaps on the next trip I’ll find the answer.

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December In Gad

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The Gauley River winds it’s way through the hills past the painted sandstone cliffs of Gad, West Virginia. But the river is under the lake even at winter pool.  I stand on the end of the cement block which serves as a dock on the last portion of the road that once Followed McKee”s Creek.  Prior to the lake this was the main road through farmland below the high cliffs. I would have loved to see it in its heyday but it was flooded two years before I was born. I’ve been told that it was like a storybook with rolling hills and green pastures. There’s pictures online of the quaint general store which also functioned as a post office. Everyone is on horseback in that picture. I do remember when the bridge in tonight’s feature image was only two lanes. That was before they rerouted the highway and in the place where cars and trucks now travel at eighty miles per hour I rode a horse myself. That was the big draw for the local in. You could ride horses all the way to the lake. There was time to actually experience life when we moved slower. I often wonder if there’s an inverse relationship between the speed of travel and the quality of life. A kayak came gliding in while I was reviewing the pictures of the lake and bridge and lady who was in it seemed so much happier than the guys in the speedboat that had left a few minutes prior. In fact she didn’t stop smiling until she loaded her craft into a truck and drove away.

When I was a kid camping on the edge of the lake we used to tell ghost stories about the people who are still buried in sunken graves under the water. Today I believe that the spirit of Gad is real but it’s a feeling of peace that comes with a slower pace. The real unsettled spirits are the ones who race about on the concrete above the water.

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Quiet Reflections

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The Greeks had a saying that “In wine there is truth, in water there is health. ” I have always understood that the first half of the proverb related to how one who has indulged himself with a bit too much grape loses inhibition and blurts out whatever he’s thinking. The fullness of the proverb’s meaning impacted my mind when a college roommate stumbled in after a night on the town. He weaved and bobbed his way to the bed and fell into it face first. As the alcohol took away his sense of equilibrium he slowly rolled over and said “Stop the world. I want to get off.” Of course he was creatively referring to the room spinning but his expression kinda stuck with me all these years.

The pace that we keep in the modern world is definitely a dizzying experience. The pattern that I’ve noticed is that we binge on experience. We work long hours and come home to eat, watch T.V. and surf the web. Even when we get a chance to stop and catch a breath, relaxation is done with a counterproductive sense of urgency. It’s like we have never left the rat race at all.

The fishing pier in tonight’s feature image is set in the exact same place where I used to go and just sit by the water. I typically had a Zebco 33 rod and reel with an artificial bait. I didn’t really care if I caught any fish because the gear was just an excuse to be there and watch the water. It was my way of stopping the outside world and exiting the pace for a little while. More often than not I wound up playing with the local bluegills by allowing them to chase the lure all the way to shore. The simplicity of the action allowed me to be distracted just enough to allow deeper thoughts to come to the surface. I could have a conversation with God instead of reciting a wish list and calling it a prayer. It was a way to hit the reset button in my mind and clear all the programs that had locked up in mid process.

Today I don’t really do is much fishing as I do just setting by the water and listening to the birds or watching the butterflies play in breeze. The important thing is to sequester myself away from the pace of the outside world and recharge my batteries.

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A Couple Of Mornings With Ring-eye

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It’s a peaceful morning in the Salmon Run area of Summersville Lake. The geese seem to paddle about in their tight knit group. It’s like watching a synchronized swimming exhibition. Everyone turns in time with the others. Everyone except for one that is. This goose is different. I first noticed this particular goose because of its eyes. My wife and I have come to call it “Ring-eye” because of the light ring on each eye.

This photo was taken the exact moment that I noticed the eyes of the goose. You can see in the background that all the other geese do not have the same eyes.

As soon as I saw the ring I softly spoke to the goose. “You’re special aren’t you” I whispered. To my surprise the goose reacted to me by coming closer. The goose still kept a comfortable distance outside of my reach but broke away from the flock to stay close none the less. I didn’t feed the goose because the truth is that the DNR would rather not have them in the recreational areas. But I did continue to speak to it softly. A few days later I returned to the lake for another round of photos and as soon as I stepped out of the big blue truck Ring-eye made bee-line to the shore. This goose remembered me!

Ring-eye comes to greet me.

As soon as Ring-eye reached the shore he/she Stood in the shallow water and waited for the conversation. I obliged.

Ring-eye waits for conversation to start.

We spoke for a few while I finished my coffee before gathering my gear and seeking the next shot.

I have to admit that I’m kinda curious to see if my friend is still there and remembers me on my next trip.

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