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blue ridge mountains & deep forests

6.26.2010














last weekend i walked through appalachia. tuesday night we sang a song about mining. that same night we learned about the horrific business of mining in appalachia. we signed up to help. i've been finding words profound for me. i've been reading things that have made me weep for beauty, that have made me doze off, that have made my mind run all night. i've made a friend that i hope will be a friend for life. my professors are eager for all our success. i talk with ceej, sometimes with joy, sometimes with tears. i walk home after classes and studying when sun is setting, thunder clouds rolling in, and lightning bugs lighting my path. i walk thirty minutes to my little grocery store, making sure to wake early before the heat drenches me. i salute the sun every morning, and bathe with lavendar. my meals are simple, involving no cooking, but they're fresh and whole.

12 comments:

Laura said...

I am convinced that you have an invisible something around you that turns everywhere you are--everything you look at--into a fairyland. I can look at the same things, but somehow miss the beauty that comes when seen through your eyes, your camera lens. Gorgeous!

The mining situation in Appalachia is sad and scary on many, many levels. And I am missing my favorite neighbors. Glad you are well!

Tonia said...

I thought nothing could make me long for any kind of schooling ever again - how do you do it?
The shot of those mountains will stay with me for a long, long time.

house 09 said...

it's like you're living a blessed life. great inspiring images :) have a great weekend ahead!

Dancing Branflake said...

Beautiful everything. I love how simply yet evocatively you write about your time there. I am glad you found a friend and discovered the wonderful treasures of the area.

Cassandra said...

what a lovely way to spend some time. the photos stir my soul. so very beautiful!

Marte Marie Forsberg said...

Oh Ann! It sund like it's profoundly healing both mind and body. How wonderful, challenging, beautiful and moving what you're going through. The landscape, I must say, looks heavenly;)

yvette said...

Beautiful photos. Really lovely!

Katie and Nick said...

Those are beautiful pictures. I can't believe you took all of them!! Great job!

Sherry O'Keefe said...

your post recalls the way i felt some time ago, attending summer music classes in a place far from home. there is an ache running through the photos and your words.

Caroline said...

Such beauty! Makes me want to run through the woods barefoot.

Caroline said...

So beautiful!!!

cake and cider said...

these photos are incredible and the first thing i thought about was the mining industry. when i was in school i saw a really well done doc series about it in a student photo mag. i will try and find out who it was and send you a link. it's awesome you've gotten to travel so much.