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True Colors

This year's fall foliage gets very high marks for intensity, variety and duration of color.No late tropical storms have blown away the leaves just at their prime. No persistent droughts or drowning floods have afflicted the southern mountains to disappoint piedmont leaf-peepers with a view of bare branches or bland vistas for their efforts to reach the Blue Ridge Parkway.But the prize, to my mind, goes to the oaks this year. They have delayed the rich browns to dwell in the reds for far longer than is usual. [My personal every-year favorite in our woods is the beech, pictured here, … Continue Reading ››
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Refugium

Refugiuman area where conditions have enabled a species or a community of species to survive after extinction in surrounding areas. An area in which a population of organisms can survive through a period of unfavorable conditions;  an area of relatively unaltered climate that is inhabited by plants and animals during a period of continental climatic change (as a glaciation) and remains as a center of relict forms from which a new dispersion and speciation may take place after climatic readjustment.As a few of you know, we traveled again, far south--perhaps for the last time, as the passing of the patriarch and his … Continue Reading ››
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Fading Light of Fall

We take a few hikes nearby each year just to prove we are not dead yet.One is to the top of HeartAttack Hill.The one yesterday was not as taxing to the heart, moreso to the ankles, knees and hips as the terrain is strewn with irregular rocks and boulders, now carpeted with a deep lay of obscuring leaves.Our ankles survived, and the last of the afternoon sunlight (disappearing several hours before actual dusk) was lovely through what remains of the beech, hickory and maple leaves.We are most fortunate to be able to find places of tranquil beauty and seclusion without … Continue Reading ››
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What Difference Does a Season Make?

I'm catching up with myself, from this time a few years back when I imagined keeping up all along through an entire year with a seasonal journal--part of my "Floyd County Almanac" that sits just exactly where it did when I abandoned it.I remember as I wrote this thinking how smug of me to look out my window at leaves almost all fallen from the trees and all insect night noises silenced while I simply went upstairs and brought down the long sleeves when winter approached.Not a one of the millions of other living things we share the northern hemisphere … Continue Reading ››
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Studying About Those Good Ole Days

Sorry. I have just a minute this morning before rushing off to a dentist appointment in Blacksburg.Some of you may have suffered the dissociative results in panoramas when people move as you're panning. It can create some bizarre amputations and other bodily permutations. This is one such example.And, given the fact that my son, my brother-in-law and I sang an  a cappella rendition of "Down To the River to Pray" for my wife's dad's memorial service in Biloxi, this apparent baptism scene from a cousin's pier in the bay seemed appropriate for this morning's posting.This is one of those "forgiveness rather than … Continue Reading ››
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