“Some landscapes tower and impose; ours deepens.”
~ Michael Godfrey, Field Guide to the Piedmont
On a quiet late winter morning, I perch on a rocky outcrop in the woods of central North Carolina.
My wife works in academia and every few years we have moved to a new town, leaving behind connections to beloved landscapes and communities.
And so, I find myself a stranger on the land again, clambering around alone on a pile of granite boulders overlooking Reedy Fork Creek, a tributary of the Haw River that snakes around the north side of Greensboro.
Resisting the erosive forces of wind…