Sunday, May 06, 2007

Life Grows On

One garden is coming to an end. Very soon, in the desert, all that may remain is a ghostly image of a formerly lush and bountiful landscape. A minimum of water will keep the drought adapted and drought tolerant who currently dwell here alive. Some will not survive.

A solid stone structure with no cement, no binding element but gravity can crumble and fall as well. Not quickly. Stones move at a different pace. Earth quakes, water and roots assist the stones in their efforts to hug the earth.

Preventative shoring up at the base and a redirection of water may slow the pace. A return to the desert may bring the stones movement to an even slower pace, closer to a standstill.

Another garden is moving in the opposite direction, an upward trajectory of new growth and new beginnings. Not too long ago it was a dry and rocky desert hillside.

A colorful carpet of foliage and flowers are working their magic to soften the rocks and moisten the dust.

A new garden is born. A new garden grows.


Blackswamp_Girl said...

And so it goes.


Anonymous said...

That's freakin' COOL looking, Chris. I envy your sense of design, and your know-how re: the terracing you've done.