Wednesday, October 16, 2013



Autumn sprinkling gold dust,

magic slips into the mountains.

A wedge of honking geese

cuts through cobalt skies.

Golden rod nod their heads,

breath of fall on my cheek.

The air smells like apples,

autumn sprinkling gold dust.

Star-studded asters hug

the banks of Hyatt Mill Creek.

A doe and twin fawns appear,

magic slips into the mountains.

Corn shocks rattle their fingers,

a pumpkin pie baking.

Maple burns like Moses’ bush,

a wedge of honking geese.

Light spins a kaleidoscope

through the patchwork of trees.

Thousands of monarch butterflies

cutting through cobalt skies.

--Brenda Kay Ledford

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


A tractor parade was held in the mountain town of Hayesville, NC on Saturday, September 28.  More than 50 tractors putt-putt-putted around the square on this splendid fall day.  The Clay County Tractor Club sponsored this fun-filled event that honored farmers and agriculture.

This is Ronnie Smith, a farmer who lives on Downings Creek.  He formed the Clay County Tractor Club in memory of his son, Dwight, who was run over by a tractor and killed many years ago in Clay County, NC.

This huge machine is a combine that farmers use to cut corn.  Hub Cheeks owns this John Deere.


The dream catcher hangs on my window, Midas' touch turning the cornfield into gold. Two sunflowers volunteer their span of tim...