Kudzu....

…. Driving into town yesterday to get my fortnightly haircut, I had to slow nearly to a crawl to let a large whitetail doe and her twin fawns cross the road in front of me…. I was shocked to see then, initially, as my appointment with the Eva was scheduled for noon…. it’s always slightly odd to see deer at midday around here…..

… they crossed the county road and paralleled the CSX railroad tracks for about three hundred yards before reaching a thick stand of pines that dripped with kudzu… it was like watching those guys go through that portal in Stargate…. The kudzu shimmered in the stifling heat … the leaves were reflecting part of the sunshine and it almost made them glow… and as each of the deer trotted to within ten feet of the clump of trees, they’d leap into the wall of vines and disappear….

.. it was beautiful and mesmerizing at the same time…. like a magic trick or some kind of slight of hand…..

… my goodness…. How my ancestors managed to whip the Indians around here, I’ll never know…. the undergrowth in the woods is nearly impassable in mid-summer… it is a beast that we struggle against as it steadily encroaches on my house from three sides… trying to imagine what it was like 300 years ago just boggles my mind….. I suspect that there was common treachery on a grandiose scale… especially since I doubt that my ancestors were even half the warriors in this terrain that the Cherokees were…..

… and yet, here we are…. driving along on paved roads, crossing intercontinental railroad tracks, and watching a family of whitetail scamper towards their watering hole on a blistering summer day….

… ahhh, hell, I guess I’m just amazed sometimes at how I view change…. It catches me napping sometimes and smacks me back awake….

…. no matter how much we alter everything around us, it is always nature that truly abides…. and that, rubberneckers, is just the way that it is....

by Eric on August 18, 2007 | Bullshit (9) | TrackBack (0) | Thinking
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change... when one is constantly surrounded by it, it seems easy to miss... the sneaky bastard... or... shame on us for making ourselves too busy to notice.

Bullshitted by Jean on August 18, 2007 04:18 PM

I think I've seen only a couple of deer since we moved out east. I know they're around, but even though we live in the woods we seldom see them. In Chicago we saw them often and hoped they didn't make a mad dash into the car. Insane deer were everywhere there. Heh.

Bullshitted by Teresa on August 18, 2007 05:44 PM

Amen, Brother Eric... I am currently cooking around 30 pounds of bratwurst in the rain. Mother Nature has it in for me tonight...

Bullshitted by Richmond on August 18, 2007 05:54 PM

Yes nature is all around us, even close to and within the huge cities, and though I would rather enjoy it where you are located, I did enjoy some of it closer to home today. See: http://ballseyesboomers.blogspot.com/2007/08/nature-is-all-around-us-all-you-have-to.html

Bullshitted by Glenn B on August 18, 2007 07:22 PM

since
i have google available....I should check. but I once read in an Audobon society book, that kudzu are not "native" to the US. I forget what immigrants brought them here, but oddly enough I read, they brought the kudzu to "choke out" weeds....

Bullshitted by armywifetoddlermom on August 18, 2007 09:51 PM

Deer in mid-day? Yeah, strange. We got a bigass population of 'em around Middle TN, but rarely see them except early and late. They are smart enough to stay in their air-conditioned thickets during the blistering hot days.

Yep, nature rules. And I'm starting to think that bugs, 'specially ants, are at the top of the heap. There are billions and billions of them, and that's just on our patio.

Kudzu was brought in from Japan to help control erosion. It does that, and a WHOLE LOT MORE!

Bullshitted by Winston on August 19, 2007 07:28 AM

I just a youngun in the afternoon a couple of weeks ago. Came leaping out of the woods. I almost hit it. I think the heat is confusing them.

As for kudzu, I'm afraid of that stuff. I won't even stand near it. It grows so fast, it could strangle you in about ten minutes.

Bullshitted by Libby on August 19, 2007 08:27 AM

Those folks need some goats. That'll take care of their kudzu problem.

Bullshitted by Bou on August 19, 2007 05:07 PM

Deer come out all the danged time 'round here, and we got a big city close by. The only thing I worry 'bout more then deer hittin' the truck, or vice versa, are those waterheaded spandex wearing bicycler's that have the "no fear" signs on their asses.

Bullshitted by RedNeck on August 20, 2007 01:12 PM