Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A Sense of Place, Part 5 (The Clear Fork)
"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it."
-- Norman Maclean
we soon discovered an abundant variety of bird life
the birds, it turned out, thrived on our diverse insect population
Well, that was my family's experience after our two-month adventure in Europe; we loved every breathtaking, awe-inspiring moment we had spent abroad and we were ever so much more appreciative of all the marvelous things (both big and small) that made our little corner of the world unique.
and the variety of insects was made possible by a plethora of colorful wildflowers
So, after we settled into our new home, we decided to take some time to explore and discover the wonders to be found in our back yard. Well, as it turned out, there was a stretch of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River running through our back yard: a stretch that the Army Corps of Engineers hadn't channelized and deforested when that was the popular method of flood control in the mid-20th century. And "some time" turned into a 12-month voyage of discovery as we studied everything from native flora, fauna, geological formations, fossilized remains, and local history.
everywhere we looked we found artifacts of earlier inhabitants
The result was a greater awareness of our wonderful little corner of the world we live in, a greater appreciation for this Place and its history, a curio cabinet full of "treasures", and a journal that captured a sense the sublime variety and diversity (and our firsthand experience) of it all.
and, as we learned which insects our local fish thrived on,
we also learned to imitate their appearance with our hand-tied fishing flies
A Tools of the Trade Update --
On September 18th -- five months to the day after I last topped off my TWSBI Mini clear demo fountain pen -- I finally had to refill it: not because it was skipping or because the nib was drying out, but simply because I was running out of ink! I rinsed the Mini with clear water (only because I had decided to rotate colors) and refilled the pen with (as TWSBI fans have come to expect) no difficulties of any kind. What a pen!