Or maybe the beach? Or maybe the mountains? OK, but look at this photo.
Taken in the vicinity of the McClures' place, (and that's all I'm going to give you) we were meandering a little on our way home from a quick trip to Atlanta last week. We saw a FLOCK of TURKEYS in the MIDDLE of the ROAD! and just pulled over immediately and began shooting- with our cameras.
We didn't really get an Audubon shot of them, but when I looked at the pics later that day, riding down the highway in the middle of Alabama, I was astounded at the color and beauty.
Please don't move any more, friends! Don't pave any more of this place!
One of the folks I was so fortunate to meet in town the night before was Sandy Corley. She is an artist who is part of this fascinating project, "Witness Trees."
You probably already knew this, but in case you're just out of it, like I was, I'll explain that *witness tree* is the designation given to a tree that was living at the time of a particular event- that may have "witnessed" the event.
Many of these trees- many that we plowed down to build "gang wal -mart" and the empty Barnes and Noble that put our nice little book store that used to be over behind the Del Taco, near the game room out of business- these trees were carved on by native Americans, early travelers and settlers, and later, Civil War soldiers, and these scratchings and carvings are called arborglyphs.
Witness Trees are old trees that were alive when certain events were taking place. Some of these were marked, and now naturalists and historians call the markings arborglyphs. Get it? I know, I'm just slow that way...
Anyway, linked here is a GREAT page of links relating to Witness trees, arborglyphs, TRAIL trees, and more. If you are going to the mountains on vaycay, or just like tromping around in the woods (I DO!) this page will delight you.
Thanks so much to Sandy Corley for bringing this to my attention, and I can't wait to see the film! AND go check out some trails on my own!