Thursday, November 17, 2011

Photo: A Stillness in the Bush

My grandparents' house in New Brunswick is in the countryside, in the midst of land that seems like it hasn't changed all that much in centuries, and walking a couple of minutes back into the bush will isolate you from all the evidence of civilization. Here, amid this stand of partially submerged treees, a family of beavers built a dam - you can see it in the center of the photo, though somewhat obscured by the trees - and it's because of their dikes that the area is flooded to the extent that it is. Not only the calmness and clarity of the water, but the fact that there's no refuse there - no abandoned tires, no chocolate bar wrappers, no discarded Tim Horton's cups - make it almost feel like not part of the world.

Which really goes to show what the situation is, when something doesn't feel normal because there isn't litter around.

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