Saturday, June 13, 2009

"Out of Place" A Tree branch or a whale bone from an ancient dwelling on the river, or perhaps an old grave marker. Curious to look closer and discover why a piece of wood stands out so dramatically on a tundra where there are not trees for hundreds of miles to the south from the Arctic circle. Why bring a piece of wood so far inland and leave here. As I sit beside the piece as my boat waits on the river bank, I test it's surface and it's eroded layers that count back centuries, the seasons that froze it and thawed it to the cycles around the sun to number ten thousand years and perhaps longer. A Mammoth tusk as it lay, in the tundra where it has fallen and perhaps the last mammoth...

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