My eyes always scan the edges – edges of the road, forest edges, water’s edge, ridge edges. Life seems richer and more alive along the edges.
Driving along a one-lane ridge road on Virginia’s highest elevation, Allegheny Mountain, you feel like you are on the top edge:
Here is another view:
The seed heads of spring flowers create interest along a roadside fence:
Late summer is also my favorite time for tall, flashy wildflowers along the edges of country roads and un-mowed portions of pastures.
Joe Pye Weed and Ironweed paint breathtaking color canvasses along the road:
Plants themselves can be “edgy:” either because they are prickly or thorny (thistles, roses, burdock), or because they are toxic to humans and/or animals (poison ivy, poke weed, datura).
This teasel is quite prickly:
The Datura plant or Jimson Weed displays large, attractive blossoms but is a dangerous plant that can induce hallucinations (or worse).
I enjoyed watching these deer race up the hill to the top edge
And I accidentally ended up between this Mama bear and her twin cubs, a potentially very edgy situation. Luckily, I was in my car and had the luxury to take this picture before backing away.
This post was created in response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Edge.