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!


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.