Building Civilization… A few random thoughts.

Hello friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Muddelty Creek Barn 111619BW” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The echoes of many storms are embedded in the wooden beams. A tin roof shows the crimson marks of a river’s worth of rainfall. It’s said that time erodes the works of man and everything returns to the dust. Civilizations rise and fall and the people rebuild on the dust of the previous age. I’ve never really been the kind of person who had all of dates and names that history upholds as great but in truth the story doesn’t really change much. Those who work the land give birth to nations and those who don’t lose them. As mighty as the Roman Legions were their largest military asset wasn’t really the sword or the shield. It was the farm. In later years the Norse mastered the sea but but as soon as they reached the shore they began to work the land. In the New World Cahokia rose up and fed it’s 20k people with crops that were brought in from the surrounding land. We don’t really know for sure why Cahokia vanished but it was completely gone just prior to the the maunder minimum ( little ace age ).

I consider these things as I look at the old barn in its state of decay. I have to wonder what will rise in its place some day. Perhaps it will another barn but one that stores a wealth that we can’t imagine. Only time will tell.

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Stepping Stones

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With the lake at winter pool the lake bed is exposed tempting the curious soul to walk in places that are normally the domain of turtles. The surface of the mud is deceptive. It looks dry and cracked but one step in the wrong place and you’ll sink into mire up to your knees.

However,  if a person is determined they gather large slabs of the local stone and create a solid path out to center.  Which seems to be exactly what someone has done.  I can tell by the displacement of mud that each stone was dropped from about waist high and a few of them sank fairly deep but the pathway seems to have been serviceable. I imagine that the person who built it stood on the previous stone when they laid the next one.

My take away from seeing the line of stones leading out to McKee’s Creek on the bottom of the lake was that sometimes if it seems that there is no way that with a little effort and creative problem solving we can get to where we need to be.

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The Watcher

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The wind howls across the ridge top causing the old snag to creak and sway. A family of crows call this ridge home. At any given time they’re seen exploring the parking lots of the industrial park looking for bits and pieces of food accidentally dropped by the workers as they rush to clock in. The one on the highest perch is the lookout. It’s his job to watch for dangers or opportunities. With nerves of steel he lights on the uppermost part of the dead tree with ease. I think that he was having fun as he rode the moving snag like a swing. Shortly afterwards the wind subsided and the old snag creaked to a halt. The crow scanned the landscape below and gave a sharp call that echoed from the hillside across from his roost. I looked on with thoughts of Poe’s raven in my head. I was waiting for the call to be followed by “Never more” when those thoughts Poe turned to thoughts of Hitchcock as the rest of the flock emerged from the lower branches in the woods. Together they brought forth a tremendous clamor of calls as they took positions beneath the old snag. Then one of crows flew out over the hill and out of sight. Then another which was followed by pair and a small group. Soon the whole murder of crows became airborne and followed the same course as the first. The last to leave was the one in tonight’s feature image. He was the first to arrive and the rear guard when the time came to move on to the next leg of whatever journey they were on.

The members of the Corvidae family are no bird-brains. In fact they are quite intelligent and have even shown the ability to make tools and recognize their own reflection in a mirror. Young members of this group of birds even play games. And when a member of their social group dies Corvids even show elaborate grieving rituals that includes making wreaths of grass.

Corvids are known to live in multi-generational families. I remember learning about how some crows and ravens will stay with their parents for two years and help raise the next brood.

Ravens do seem to be able to not only comprehend human speech but also speak it back to us. I’ve told the story before about one that learned not only to mimic my grandmother’s voice but also picked up on what time my uncle was supposed to be out of bed. It would sit outside of his bedroom window and call out his name in her voice until he woke up. The story goes that the bird was quite persistent as well.

When it comes to folklore a person could probably break it down and do a whole series on the folklore alone. I won’t go into a lot of detail about that tonight but the Corvidea family has represented everything from rain makers and messengers to omens of death. Each culture has it’s own tales of a corvid doing odd things. But, we’ll save that for another day.

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The Slow Fade

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Crows cry out overhead as they ride the cold northern winds over the old barn on Muddelty Creek. The rusted tin roof rattles slightly more than it did last year. A few more warped beams show through the bare spots in the siding. The earth grows more fallow as vines claim more of the remaining structure. Documenting the fall of the old barn gives me an appreciation for the passage of time. Changes are very subtle at first but one day you look back and see just how much has changed. The old barn has taught me to observant of the value of the now. Now is the time to appreciate what we have. Our friends, our family and our freedoms are temporary. Subtle changes in life accumulate and before you know it opportunities slip into the past. I’ve said this because as the holidays arrive and everyone gathers for celebrations we should remember that moments are fleeting and those subtle changes will eventually catch up with us and opportunities are lost.

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Echoes Of A Lifetime

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The cool morning air sweeps across the weathered wood and rusted tin roof of the old barn on Muddelty Creek. The marsh in back of the barn seems oddly silent. All summer the reeds and rushes were teeming with life. Today only a single yellow butterfly skips over the cattail down and ruby red rose hips. I turn my attention to the old barn. It seems to be missing more of its rusted tin roof. It sags a little more than I remember from my last trip.

Barns are the heart of the homestead. They house the animals and store the feed. It’s normally where at least some of the equipment is held. It’s where the hands are happy. Busy hands are happy hands of course. Barns are the engine that powers a life close to the land. Sometimes they smell like hay and grains. Sometimes it’s the animals or even grease and oil from the machines. It all depends on the purpose of the barn which often changes in the course of a lifetime. The sounds of a barn will range from the livestock to growl of a diesel engine but it always includes human voices. Conversations between fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, siblings and friends and any combination there of are soaked into the rough hewn walls and beams. The voice of the barn is their echoes and the story it tells us is that they slept in the house, but they lived here.

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Connecting The Circles

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My big blue truck rolls to a stop at the three rivers. A soft breeze flows down the mountain and gently shakes the leaves. A deep slow breath released me from the day’s cares as I listen to the birds chattering in the undergrowth. Bridges symbolize transition making them perfect spots to shift attitude away from the corporate culture and back into real life. If I’m still enough I can pick out the individual birds and hear the rivers gently lapping at the rocks on shore. I close my eyes and I can feel the direction of the sun on my skin. Up on the mountain the birds fall silent as a buck strolls through browsing the leaves. A crow gives three quick caws behind my as he flies through to alert the others of my presence in the empty parking lot. The world is made of concentric circles and they all connect if you can just push back the noise and let them speak to you. It only takes a few minutes to regain my center and clear away the mental clutter. I climb back up into my big blue truck and head home with a renewed sense of peace.

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Closed Connection

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The union of man and machine is qhat makes modern life possible. Our ability to travel beyond the constraints of time in ways that our ancestors couldn’t gives us a reach that was outside of their grasps. And yet, that device can so easily become a gilded cage. Occasionally we need to exit from the drive and enjoy the fresh air.

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