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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), and several Kindle ebooks.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Evening Walk Alone

against their beliefs a blue spot came slowly
out of the green

nobody expected such a thing to occur


The other evening, I took a walk in the woods. John parked his truck just off the road at the beginning of the trail, but I walked alone through the deep green woods of mid-May.


To the right of the tree (above) is where our three black plastic life-sized geese used to be. A couple of weeks ago, someone stole them. Why would anyone steal our old lawn ornaments?

I continued alone down the trail to the clearing. You can see the green of the clearing just beyond the trees.


One spring, in the early 90s, we found a dozen or so holes—six inches across and a foot deep— in this clearing. A local officer told us it looked like that someone was about to plant a marijuana crop. Who, besides us, knew a clearing was here?


After I went through the clearing, I turned left and walked south. The trail widens, then vanishes into the green.


As I walked, I saw evidence that others had been along this trail. I never leave trash in the woods. Who else walks this trail—and why?


Is this tree wonderfully spooky, or what?


After I turned back, I could see a shaft of the setting sun through the trees. for a few moments, the woods seemed to glow.


There were things I didn't see when I walked that I now see in five of these pictures. Do you see them, too?


I wonder—do we ever really walk alone?
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4 Comments:

Blogger Amy Hanek said...

Nice, solid looking orbs. I usually don't catch them during daylight hours. Great sleuthing...

4:10 PM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

The orbs are very interesting!

3:53 PM  
Blogger Roanoke RnR said...

I always wonder what I could be walking on when I stroll around in the woods and then later catch orbs in the pics. So, no, we never really walk alone.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Amy Tate said...

How do you know if its an orb or reflection from the lens of your camera? They look the same to me.

4:06 PM  

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