Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New Day

I've learned so much from this person. For over 60 years, he has taken care of a portion of the Knob. Every day he checks on the things under his watch. We all enjoy visiting Koppick Knob because we feel safe and loved there.  Once you enter this little piece of paradise, it is like stepping back to a simpler time.  Nature is seen as  a gift from God that should be cherished. We've walked the same trails for many, many years and each day is like a new day because we always see something we missed the day before.  My life has been blessed.

Monday, August 5, 2013

We have so many "favorite" flowers on Koppick Knob.  We always manage to find the beauty when others only see the weeds.   There is one unique theme that we all see to realize.  Life is precious, so enjoy the time we have with each other.  While performing some genealogy studies, we found  that we have four revolutionary war veterans in our family line.  One, Joel Ramsey,  was a body guard to George Washington,  It is amazing that so many of soldiers then and now give up so much in order for others to have more.  Most lived a very modest life.  I'm so thankful  

I read a quote today by Al Stewart that describes how I feel about Koppick Knob. " the land...shapes them individually to its contours--and often haunts their dreams with irrational beauty and longing-when they are away." I love my Appalachian Heritage and my family. I guess that is why I have made over 500 plus trips back home since I moved away. Wow 3,000 plus hours of driving time or 125 days of my life on the road.

Monday, April 15, 2013

"Over the Rainbow" is an all time favorite song for many people.  One year while we were on our way to Koppick Knob, I pointed out a rainbow in the sky and told my children that legend says there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  My oldest child who was 4 at the time said, "Well, I know where the pot of gold is."  I reply, "Really". "Yes", he said. "The pot of gold is at Mam Maws, so we are going to the right place".  It seems he ran across my mother's change jar during one of our visits.  We still laugh at the story today.  The pot of gold is definitely in the eye of the beholder. He saw a Pot of Gold, we saw an old jar with some coins.  The beauty of nature is also in the eye of the beholder.  I love to take pictures of flowers, scenery, and birds.  My sons love to take pictures of bugs, fungi, frogs, and storms. I have learned a lot from my children.  I now look at things quite differently.  Another great thing is that Koppick Knob has something to offer us all. Its is a place that we all can visit and simply enjoy nature.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Koppick Knob Bloodroot

One of my passions on Koppick Knob is identifying the wild flowers.  This passion has transcended to future generations.  There are so many vibrant, pristine colors to be seen in the woods and the fields.  This year marks many anniversaries.  We were very blessed to spend a special 85th Saint Patrick birthday hiking and visiting with four generations
The Bloodroot is appropriately named for the juice that will come out of the stem.  It has many uses but in large quantities is poisonous.