Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Photography Post - Mountain Stream
This is an image of a mountain stream in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in Graham County, North Carolina. Kilmer was the poet who penned the poem "Trees", "I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree." Kilmer was a journalist killed in WWI. In 1934 the VFW petitioned "that the government of the United States examine its millions of forested acres and set aside a fitting area of trees to stand for all time as a living memorial” to Kilmer.
After considering woods all over the country, the US Forest Service settled on this 3,800 acre tract of old growth wood as a memorial forest to Kilmer. We have hiked several times in the forest and it is truly awe inspiring. (Although our initial outing there almost killed us, but we survived the Naked Ground Trail.)