“The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” — John Muir
“The beauty of that June day was almost staggering. After the wet spring, everything that could turn green has outdone itself in greenness and everything that could even think of blooming or blossoming was in bloom or blossom. The sunlight was a benediction. The breezes were so caressingly soft and intimate on the skin as to be embarrassing.” — Dan Simmons
“Mountains, according to the angle of view, the season, the time of day, the beholder’s frame of mind, or any one thing, can effectively change their appearance. Thus, it is essential to recognize that we can never know more than one side, one small aspect of a mountain.” — Haruki Murakami
How I go to the woods — Mary Oliver
Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore
I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours.
Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.
If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much.
All photos taken on Buffalo Mountain, Virginia. Poetry and quotations sourced from GoodReads.
2 thoughts on “High on Buffalo Mountain”
Buffalo Mountain was the first natural area I helped protect when I moved back to Virginia. In doing so, I got to know the wonderful Lawson family. The Virginia Natural Heritage Program built the trail. Kevin and I hike there whenever we’re in striking distance. Lots of history surrounding that mountain. “Some say the devil himself lives on Buffalo Mountain.” But we’ve found only heaven.
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It’s a beautiful place! I’m so glad it’s been preserved and protected.