First, I want to touch on those mountain scars I mentioned in post #29 and show what I passed while driving to and from Pine Mountain. The cemetery with its nearby coal tipple is on a back route going north from Pine Mountain; I purposely obscured the name and dates on the coal miner's tombstone, since I am never clear if I first need to ask the family's permission to use the photo. I am sorry the strong afternoon light makes the photos look more washed out than they should be. I find these small family cemeteries to be one of the rich treasures of Appalachia.
|A nearby sign tells this is the Arch Coal Blue Ridge Complex, and I think I was in Leslie County, on the drive from Pikeville to Harlan|
|another coal mining view, in Perry or Leslie County|
|Then, at home, signs of spring, such as this goldfinch slowly turning last week from winter gray to summer gold,|
Today, in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, I saw this lovely plant, and I was told it was an erect trillium, not fully in bloom. I read that this type of trillium is not very common in the eastern part of Kentucky. (As always, corrections are welcome!) It was sunny and breezy where I was, so I am pleased that even so this photo is sharp despite the wind.
Since it seems I often have to leave some parts unfinished in my posts, it won't surprise anyone that I look forward to sharing more about today's excursion -- next week.