Winter landscapes direct my eye to bigger pictures: water, sky, the year’s successes and failures.
The community organized a creek clean-up this weekend. It was a little bit scary for me because my left wrist and hand are still not fully functional. I was afraid of taking a spill on the slippery bank so I did something a little crazy. I walked into the creek and picked up the garbage from there. The water was not nearly as cold as I expected; it was in fact refreshing and felt cleansing. Bonus: I knew any poison ivy juice would get washed away. Anti-bonus: I scared a whole lot of fish. Plus, as I walked home two separate couples crossed the road rather than dare contact with the mad woman leaving a dripping trail behind her.
I rose from the dark waters. I am SWAMP THING!
My inner nerd had some fun thinking about energy flows. Garbage was widespread due to some recent heavy rains but it tended to accumulate in certain areas. The lay of the land really can create energy rich spots. The piles of human debris were markers showing where air and water flow into the creek. Removing the negative human debris should provide a quick start opportunity for good things to happen.
What did we find? The common — a lot of styrofoam (thanks Dow Chemical). Water bottles (thanks Nestle). And dryer fabric. An amazing amount of dryer fabric that seems to melt around twigs and branches. Thanks Procter & Gamble.
Trivia question: Do you know which beer drinkers are the most careless? I do. An unintended consequence of labelling. haha
There were some surprises. One person found a fifty foot two inch fire hose! I had a small CSI moment. I found a heavy plastic garbage bag mostly buried in the silt. I was a little afraid of looking inside so I waited a moment for The Who to start singing ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.’ When the music didn’t intrude I knew it was safe to look inside. Happily, the bag only contained mouldering school books. Whew.
Happy holidays to all the lovely creatures that bring us joy throughout the year. Hope you enjoy your cleaner safer creek. =)