John & Anne Wiley

2013/04/13

Frontier Scenes

After a delicious home made lunch with GA cousins we flew for dinner with a TN cousin. It’s such a delight to reconnect with far away loved ones we’ve not seen for decades, and so greatly enjoy the relatively brief journey between them. It was a somewhat bumpy flight due to last night’s storm, but less hazy from all the fires we’d seen coming into GA. Even so I used the polarized filter for a clearer look into the distance. In places like this it was like looking back into the past when this was all forest frontier with little clearings carved out by pioneers.

1880 Georgia Frontier

1880 Georgia Frontier

We passed this quiet cemetery far from any towns, and I wondered whether it had once been near a town that is now gone except for these former inhabitants still visited and tended by descendents who have moved away.

1901 Silent Memories

1901 Silent Memories

There were a few outposts like this where people heard some call to build on bluffs overlooking long valleys as we angled into Tennessee.

1904 Bluff Calling

1904 Bluff Calling

There were suspicious ponds with colors that made me wonder if land and water were being poisoned for generations to come.

1916 Unnatural Colors

1916 Unnatural Colors

1917Then there was this valley with many small plots rather than the vast monoculture farms that now dominate most of North America. I wonder what the story is, and why this one valley seems to have such diversity.

1924 Varied Valley

1924 Varied Valley

Our TN cousin treated us to a drive around downtown Nashville, and if I find some good pix from that I might share them tomorrow.

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