WATER, WOOD, STONE

Deception Pass State Park:

dramatic cliffs fall off into cold blue waters,

tiny cairns of smooth stones balanced on a stick

shine in the sun.

Songs of stone and water are sung here,

formed from universal elements

shaped to a particular place.

Songs of kayakers and anemones,

oystercatchers, kelp,

a single cloud.

Nearby on Whidbey Island,

a slim spit of land offers a mother lode

of driftwood,

and the beach becomes a sculpture garden.

Here songs of water and wood, of

silver grain and green blade,

open windows

to sky.

Standing high over the waters –

the Maiden of Deception Pass:

Ko-kwal-alwoot.

She kept her people from starving by marryingΒ  a sea man. He had become enamored of her after watching her gathering food in the waters.Β  She merged with the sea, but walked back out to be with her people every year. (a Samish Indian story)

Carved from a cedar log and set firmly into the soil at Rosario Beach, she has weathered to the same silver white as the driftwood logs tossed by waves and piled on nearby shores.

The rough, wavy grain flows through her body

just

as the grain traces the twists of

log giants

on Ala Spit.


38 comments

    • Thanks Cathy – I plug away at the writing, which as I’ve said before, doesn’t come as quickly as the image making, but still I love to try. Cairns are always a draw, aren’t they? I found a wikipedia page on them – with examples from all over the world – you’d like it.

      • Yes, I know about the struggle with the writing. Sometimes I’m too lazy myself; at least you’re working at it. πŸ™‚ I love cairns and will have to check out the Wikipedia page; I used to see lots of them throughout Oman. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I have higher contrast & more vivid color settings on the camera that were on, and for the most part that was a good thing. But sometimes, when a scene is already pretty contrast-y, it would be better not to heighten it more. It’s hard to remember to check in the excitement of the moment, so I get home and realize I’ve lost some possible shots due to inappropriate settings. Oh well, there’s always more to work on!

    • Shimon, I really appreciate your taking the time to comment. I have been terribly remiss about visiting your blog and I am missing it. When I have time – soon – I know there will be good things to savor there.


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