On the Edges

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:

Top edge of Virginia

Top edge of Virginia

Here is another view:

View from Allegheny Mountain

View from Allegheny Mountain

The seed heads of spring flowers create interest along a roadside fence:

wild parsnip seedheads

wild parsnip seedheads

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:

teasel

The Datura plant or Jimson Weed displays large, attractive blossoms but is a dangerous plant that can induce hallucinations (or worse).

datura

I enjoyed watching these deer race up the hill to the top edge

deer on the edge of the ridge

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.

mama bear

This post was created in response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Edge.

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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25 Responses to On the Edges

  1. Lovely shots! You live in a beautiful part of the world.

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  2. Hi Annette….what a lovely glimpse into your world. I too love landscape and edges but they look very different where I live. ~Kathy

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  3. jpeggytaylor says:

    Wonderful ‘edgy’ landscapes and interesting to learn a little about the wildflowers in your area. The close encounter with the bear sounds quite alarming!

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    • Hi Peggy – if you are interested in more wildflowers, I have a lot of posts under the “flora” category for your perusal. I saw the mother bear and two cubs from my house. They raided my apple tree! When I took pics and they noticed me, they slowly moved away so i decided to follow them in my car. I would have never followed them on foot. Mama bears do not joke around when they feel their cubs are threatened. So it was fairly safe. But I was a bit concerned when the mama bear crossed in front of my car, up a wooded hill on my right and I heard the little ones crashing around on the hill on my left. So i backed out slowly after taking a few pics of her glaring at me…

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      • jpeggytaylor says:

        Thanks for pointing me in the direction of your other flower posts – I shall take a look.
        Ah, so that is the rest of the ‘bear’ story🙂 Yes, I understand that mother bears are very protective of their cubs. The most dangerous animals we have here in the UK are humans! I can imagine that in places where you know you are likely to encounter bears, you develop an awareness of safety in those circumstances.

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  4. Beautiful Annette, is this your neighbor hood???? Thanks for taking us readers for a weekend drive.

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  5. Sue Slaght says:

    Oh very good luck to be in your car for that bear shot. Wow!

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  6. Gorgeous pics, Annette. I’m so impressed with your black bear encounter.🙂

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  7. A really nice post, great images. Thanks very much.

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  8. dogear6 says:

    You did a great story and picture post on Ailsa’s word. I enjoyed it also (you got some nice comments).

    Nancy

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  9. hugmamma says:

    Lovely photos of nature…

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  11. What a stunning edge you took us to…..wonderful photos of a beautiful looking country. I totally agree with you about edges. Love the bear shot, but was glad to hear you were inside your car!

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    • Thank you, Seonaid, it is gorgeous country even though it’s constantly threatened by one thing or another. Right now, a large power company wants to build a huge pipeline through totally pristine forest in this area – so the fight is on to protect it.

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  12. Beautiful pictures, you better stay away from the mama bear and her cubs!

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