River of Rock

river of rock

Yesterday, with the ice and snow thawing, I ventured all the way down the path by the brook and discovered that the way was blocked by this new river of rock. There used to be a small wooden bridge over a small drainage ditch that led down to the brook, but now there was this huge thing.  And an orange mesh barrier blocking the way on both sides.

Today I went back and discovered that someone (a dirt bike?) had pushed the mesh barrier down, so I stepped over the mesh too.  I walked across the rocks consciously imagining that the path will be restored with a new little bridge.  Don’t our feet have some sort of magic to trace the energy of our intentions, and create or preserve the trail we want to walk on?  As poet Antonio Machado wrote, “Traveler, there is no path. The path is made by walking.”

So perhaps all of us who walk or ride this small path are preserving it by our collective energy, by our love and attention, and by moving through barriers. Perhaps there is a lesson in this.  Thank you kindred travelers.

mesh down

 

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2 thoughts on “River of Rock

  1. Hi Myke,
    It’s your friendly landscape architect again! When I see installations like this, they are usually temporary “fixes” to prevent a serious problem and buy time for redesign and fundraising to do the real work. There are two major influences in our stormwater lives at the moment – climate change, and expanding development in watersheds. Both have wound up flooding (literally) our local streams and waterways with much more water than they have historically had to handle. With increases in water flow and intensity, the streams erode out fast, sending silt and soil down into larger bodies of water – not good. Many communities are having to address this problem by enlarging/rebuilding streams and ditches. The good news is that engineers/landscape architects/local officials are getting more in tune with natural approaches known as “green infrastructure” and communities are finding ways (stormwater programs) to fund the necessary work. I bet if you are in touch with your local authorities you can find out what the problem is with your stream, and what they are planning to do about it. The 100-year-old dam at our own Horseshoe Lake here has been under stress for a long time, and several years ago received a temporary rock fix like this one. Just this year they finally have the funds to fix it. It will involve some tree removal but hopefully will be beautiful in the end and stabilize the area for another 100 years. Sorry for the longwinded answer… — Kirby Date

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