West Virginia Skies: An Update
Traveling the highways and byways of West Virginia, you get these great vistas of sky that present themselves around curves and corners.
I am somewhat of a connoisseur of West Virginia skies. It helps to be constantly armed with a fairly decent camera that comes wrapped into an iPhone. Then, you can just witness Mountain State skies as they unfold through your windshield and out your window.
I think the allure of grand skyscapes is that when they are immense and inviting enough we fall into them. Perhaps it is a sensation akin to our dreams of flying.
I’ve always loved the word ‘cerulean,’ and get to use it infrequently. But it is apt for some West Virginia skies. From Wikipedia: ‘… Also spelled caerulean, is a color term that may be applied to certain colors with the hue ranging roughly between blue and cyan, overlapping with both. It also largely overlaps with azure and sky blue, although cerulean is dimmer.
A walking song from “Lord of the Rings” might be appropriated as a road song when traveling the backroads and high and low paths of West Virginia. This one is the one Bilbo sang when he left the Shire for good:
- The Road goes ever on and on
- Down from the door where it began.
- Now far ahead the Road has gone,
- And I must follow, if I can,
- Pursuing it with eager feet,
- Until it joins some larger way
- Where many paths and errands meet.
- And whither then? I cannot say.