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Appalachia Through My Eyes – It’s A Long Way To The Top

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Sometimes it’s a long way to the top, but the view is usually worth the climb.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    February 22, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Tipper – this reminds me of a drawing I did in school. Real charcoal from the campfire and all I drew was the tree bark. Funny how little snippets of the past memories are triggered by things many years later.
    Much love.

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    February 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    How true. Kinda like the saying, ‘half the fun is getting there.’

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    SandyCarlson (USA)
    February 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    That’s one gorgeous photo and one epic tree!

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    Vicki Lane
    February 15, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Nice one, Tipper!

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    Bill Dotson
    February 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    That looks to be a tall one alright,Tipper is there a lot of sassafras trees in your area, I sure would like to have some of that root to brew some tea, all I have found so far on property that land owners would let me dig some is on the hillside or in the holler and my knees won’t let me get into those places, hoping I will find some that is easy to get to. Have you seen the sassafras trees in Owensboro, Ky they say one is the largest in the US, it has a circumference of 16 feet and is believed to be 250-300 yers old. We traveled down to see it and 6 or 7 more smaller ones, If I was smart enough to do it I would put some pictures on here for all to see. Thanks Tipper

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    February 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out if
    that deep ridge bark is a walnut
    tree, oak, or blackgum. Anyway, it
    looks like it reaches the sky…Ken

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    Luann Sewell Waters
    February 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Really like this photo. Always enjoy–and learn from—everyone’s posts as well.
    Thank you!

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    February 15, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Wonderful photo Tipper. Makes me want to climb a tree again if I could.

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    February 15, 2011 at 9:36 am

    That’s a very interesting perspective. I’m loving this series!

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    February 15, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Tipper- That photo is so thought provoking as well a visual treat! The perspective of the viewer looking up at the sky into space stirs the imagination.
    Your opening statement also is thought provoking. That is so profound. That could apply to so many of life’s endeavors. The climb would be worthwhile once one had reached their destination! Good writing! There was a line in an old song that stated, “The toils of the road will seem nothing at the end of the way.”
    Also, notice the little gargoyle (think that’s the way it’s spelled) type face in the bark of the tree.

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    February 15, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Tipper, I need your help…..When I was small my Dad would sing a song to me when we would go to the barn to get feed for the cows. My father died when I was 12 and have thought of that song often but don’t remember the whole song.
    He started like this…Topsy Knot that horse of mine done qute trotting and gone to flying Picalay lady punk ahlee pickalay lady punk ahlee. Maybe some one on your blog can help if you don’t know of this old time son of the hills in TN.
    Thanks ~ DEB

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    Miss Cindy
    February 15, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Now that is an interesting tree perspective!

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    February 15, 2011 at 8:09 am

    So true!

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    B. Ruth
    February 15, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Do you climb that Black Oak? Is it a Black Oak?….It looks like a row of plowed good bottom land, the ridges in the bark are so deep..
    Wish I could climb a tree again…
    Thanks Tipper

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    [email protected] Rural Journal
    February 15, 2011 at 4:43 am

    Wow! That’s a tall one. Gives me a bit of vertigo looking at this photo. 🙂

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