Friday, May 15, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Devil's Courthouse

Devil's Courthouse from the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Elevation 5720.

Even the vocabulary is unfamiliar to me: ridge, gap, valley, pass, switchback, hollow, notch. There's been very little in my upbringing to acquaint me with a love for the mountains or the many words used to characterize them. I grew up in another place, with other treasures.

I've played in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks as an adult, where instead of sweeping views, one gets mostly strained glances at the sky through bare branches. These mountains are not so jumbled and rough; instead they're all curves and circles, bulges and dimples and woods that go on forever uninterrupted.

For all that it felt exotic and alien, my spirits were lifted by the visible rush of spring as it crept up the mountainsides and the sweet light of sunset polishing the days. The throaty croak of ravens flying in tandem in a valley below, dark woods shot through with gleaming white dogwood blossoms, tiny hemlock cones and banks of trillium; all spoke to that part of my heart that gasps at such sights.

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5 comments:

Karen said...

Great colours in that photo..

Wonderful words to accompany the picture..

bobbie said...

Your words are as wonderful as the photo. Beautiful.

NCmountainwoman said...

Oh Laura, you know I love this one. Right here in my own Transylvania County!!! Nice photograph of the dwelling place of the evil giant.

KGMom said...

I love the many words that spring up to describe the topography of mountains. Here is central PA it is mostly "gap" that is used to describe the pass-through point in a series of mountains.
Here's a new one for your list--cove. That's a synonym for valley and at times it seems most apt.

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.