Secret Vistas

Under the Rocks Are the Words…

Glynn Wilson “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words…” A feature shot Saturday, July 26, 2008 at the…

An Owl Hunting in Monte Sano State Park

Glynn Wilson Just as we arrived in the campground after the media reform event in Huntsville, what appears to be a barred owl [strix varia] flew after something in the next campsite. After finishing it’s meal on the ground, it napped in a tree while we got as close as possible for pictures. Unfortunately, the…

The Future of Democracy and the Web Press

Secret Vistas: Dedicated to the Memory of Spider Martin by Glynn Wilson The first time I rode the rocky, rolling white water of the Locust Fork River with Spider Martin, I knew it would be more than your average adventure. In stark contrast with today’s drought in the Southeast, near record levels of rainfall in…

Smoky Mountain Peak

Photo by Glynn Wilson A view from one of the many overlooks on the way back from the Chilhowee campground in the Cherokee National Forest. It was too hot and humid to camp, so we headed on back to Alabamaland last night. Going through all the pictures now. More to come…

Smoky Mountain Picture Window View

Photo by Glynn Wilson We pulled into the Smoky Mountain campground just in time to catch the moon – with a long exposure on the tripod – through the trees at old number 84 by the creek… by Glynn Wilson GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, Tenn., Sept. 24 – Imagine waking up every morning with a view…

Hungry Mother Mountain Escape

Photo by Glynn Wilson A view from the canoe in Hungry Mother Lake… HUNGRY MOTHER STATE PARK, Va., Sept. 23 (LFJ) – It is cool again here in the mountains at night, but there’s no Wi-Fi in range. Too bad more of these RV travelers don’t have satellite hook ups with wireless routers, open for…

The Battle of Brooklyn

Secret Vistas by Glynn Wilson BROOKLYN, NY, Sept. 20 – There is another party going on in Greenwich Village and everyone is trying to get me to come. Instead, in the city that never sleeps, on my third night here, I’ve finally caught a few quiet moments to think in front of the laptop with…

Heading For the C and O Canal Loop

TAKOMA PARK, Md. – It’s such a fine fall-like Sunday in Maryland that we are heading out to explore the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park to get the canoe wet, maybe, in the Potomac River. I caught up with Jill Simpson and Patricia Duncan last night near the Spy Museum in downtown Washington…

Panther Creek State Park

PANTHER CREEK STATE PARK, Tenn., Sept. 13 (LFJ) – The road rolls out there, up there, hey, hey, ho, ho. Self Portrait by GW Camped in the woods in the dark at the Panther Creek State Park campground last night near the Holston River just a few miles north of the Great Smoky Mountains National…

Willie Morris in Oxford in Black and White

Photo by Glynn Wilson The Southside Gallery in Oxford, Mississippi was the scene Thursday night for award-winning photographer David Rae Morris’s show “Willie and Katrina” about two emotional mine fields in his life, the death of his father Willie Morris, the writer, and the devastation of his home city, New Orleans. That’s photographer Dave Stueber…

Secret Vistas: Guntersville State Park

Photo by Glynn Wilson Thanks to a bunch of folks on the ALBIRDS listserv, we now know this is a green heron [butorides virescens]. We stopped by the Swann Bridge in Blount County off Highway 79 on the way back from an investigative trip across North Alabama to Ft. Payne, Rainsville, Scottsboro and Guntersville. We…

Fighting The Catawba River in North Carolina

Photo by Glynn Wilson Peak autumn color photos from the Catawba River in Marion, North Carolina. by Glynn Wilson MARION, N.C., Oct. 22 – It was about 3 p.m. Eastern Time when I finally got the boat in the water after a buffet lunch downtown in what used to be an old hotel back in…

Spotlight On A Different Big Orange, And Red

MARION, N.C., Oct. 20 – We bypassed the Big Orange scene in Knoxville on the way here, so our spotlight for the next few days will be focused on the autumn color in the mountains. We also heard tell of some gold in these hills, left when the Gold Rush swept all the serious minors…

A Brown Pelican On Mobile Bay

Photo by Glynn Wilson A brown pelican fishing on a grey October day on Mobile Bay’s Eastern Shore. The lone gas station on Mobile Street by the public parking areas in Fairhope carries Yuengling Black and Tan, and the Cafe’ Amare’ on Bancroft Street (no Web site to link to) has fine coffee and a…

Secret Vistas: Migrating Monarchs…

Photo by Glynn Wilson A couple of migrating monarch butterflies, danaus plexippus, feeding on the wide variety of plants in the Ft. Walton Beach Ramada Inn gardens. Read our previous story about the migration in The Southerner magazine.

Ivory-Billed Woodpeckers Remain Elusive

BRUCE, Fla., Oct 12 – Willie Hill of Ebro, Florida, gives up on the fishing as the sun’s about to set on the Choctawhatchee River north of Panama City. He’s been fishing around these parts all his life, “a very long time,” he says with a contemplative smile. Has he heard about or seen a…

The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Search Continues

Photo by Glynn Wilson While the sun sets on Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, it does not set on our independent search for the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker and a definitive photograph. The trail today will take us down Highway 98 east to Highway 80 north, then to 20 east near the Nokuse Plantation preserve north of…

Searching For The Ivory-Bill On The Choctawhatchee River

CHOCTAWHATCHEE RIVER, Fla., Oct 10 – The skeptics say it can’t be done. Photo by Glynn Wilson Could there be a pair of shy, elusive ivory-billed woodpeckers hiding and watching from the tree tops? Obtaining conclusive evidence that the legendary ivory-billed woodpecker survives in an American swamp may be as hard as proving that string…

Blogging On Water

by Glynn Wilson LAKE WEISS, Ala., July 31 – If you are born in a land of lakes and rivers and have not completely lost your sense of biophilia, there should come a time in a man’s life when the idea of possessing a boat is something you just cannot get out of your head.…

Save The World, Savor Life

Now don’t get us wrong. We have a modicum of respect for Albert Brewer, especially since that dirty, racist 1970 George Wallace campaign against his run for governor was recently named Number One on the Most Negative Campaigns of All Time. But Mr. Brewer’s recent decision to recruit and hire Andrew Westmoreland away from Ouachita…