Sunday, December 26, 2010

An image I very rarely saw growing up...

This is a picture my mother sent me of Clinch mountain in Luttrell, Tennessee. We lived at the foot of this mountain, so the house in which I grew up would be right behind the camera in this picture.

Yes, I climbed all over those hills as a boy. In fact, for many years I remember the family at Christmas time walking into the forest to pick out of Christmas tree.

I love this shot in this picture if for no other reason than that of the lamp post at the bottom. I always loved CS Lewis' use of the lamp post in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe because of that very lamp post here. This is exactly how I always pictured what Lucy saw when she went through the Wardrobe the first time.

My mother tells me they had a white Christmas, which ultimately put 6 inches of snow on the ground. I only remember a white Christmas in Tennessee once or twice, and I can count on one hand the number of times we had 6 or more inches of snow at one time.

I very rarely saw Clinch mountain look like this when I was growing up.

Merry Christmas!

2 comments:

The Underground Pewster said...

Then you may be familiar with Halls Crossroads. My first Tennessee Christmas was experienced there. It didn't snow, but it sure was colder than the Christmases I had known growing up.

The Archer of the Forest said...

Oh, certainly. We usually went to Halls for Chinese food.