Given the schizophrenic weather we’ve been experiencing in recent months, I thought this poem appropriate for the occasion, and seeing as how it’s about the seasons, I reckoned I’d throw in a few pics from hikes I took in 2 different seasons. Enjoy, and please do let me know what you think.
Snowflakes feather down,
gray frozen land a paler
shade of winter sky.
Crispèd leaves cascade,
blanketing sleepy ground with
motley red, gold, brown.
Silver raindrops slash,
sun-drenched sky, lamb-lion winds
waken vernal earth.
Molten sunbeams bathe,
hammering all with heat while
heavy eyelids droop.
This first set is from the Stone Door Trail in the South Cumberland State Park, on the Cumberland Plateau in southeastern Tennessee, autumn 2008. This is one of my favorite autumn hikes. I’m sure you can see why.
Me among the fallen leaves. Isn’t that an interesting tree?
My buddies at the bottom of the Stone Staircase…
…and ascending it.
Me looking pensive…
…and quite picturesque. I have this thing about taking pictures that make it look like I’m walking on air:
But I failed to keep the evidence to the contrary out of this shot.
This set is from summer 2010, at Prentice Cooper State Forest, also on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, northwest of and overlooking the Tennessee River and the absolutely beautiful Chattanooga (hi Tony!), one of my favorite weekend getaway destinations.
I was considerably shaggier then than I was in 2008! Don’t worry, I’ve trimmed the hair and beard back quite a bit since then; I no longer look like a scary wild man of the woods!
This summer hike was uncomfortably hot, and we were plagued by prolific ticks all afternoon…
…but the view and the sights along the trail made it worthwhile. That’s part of Chattanooga in the distance.
I was captivated by the notable fungal patterns scrawled onto this fallen log.
I bid you all a fond farewell and leave you with goodwill, hopes for a wonderful weekend, and all the love from the bottomless depths of my wat’ry heart…
…as I tread up into the sky over the mighty river below: