May light

There is nothing quite like the light in mid-May.

The juvenile leaves are half way to filling the canopy.  Sunlight easily penetrates the new green and then floods the forest floor with only partial shadows.  Where the leaves have yet to fill bright sunlight reaches aging trillium and new wild geraniums.  

Even the smallest streams roar as they run to join the river.  Pools reflect the green from above and where rocks impede the water, whit marks the turmoil.  

This emerald age lasts only a few days. Finally the trees dominate and deep summer shade shelters the ravines.  

There are dozens of glens with high trees and deep ravines along the Great Allegheny Passage.  All are an impediment to swift travel, But the interruptions are welcome.  Each stop deserves careful attention and a long pause.  

                                                                                                                        Eli' Glenn @ Mile 65.5 in Ohiopyle State Park. 

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