Photographic journal of a yourney to the other site of the river.
river child living on the edge seeing beauty in a willow branch breathing rippling waves
river child boater floats drifting directionless towards other site
river child balancing feet on every motion staring towards horizon
river child hearing cabbeling babbel of any waterline
river child steering away from landsite entering motionless
river child timeless bender
This was my audience last Thursday while making photos and filming drifting feathers. They even joined me in the water.
The editing of the movie will take some time, some of the photos and poems you can see here.
slowly moving from silence night to
riverside canalised flowing over Bosch denture giving
childhood memos smell of tar mixed with wildrose eglanteria
daydreaming steering wheel fantasising imaginary
reality hits, river rat, rivergipsy
ship takes where they can’t hit
sounds of water hushing against hulling pressure
wooden shoes on iron decking, rope plopping
lets go where nobody knows
at riverside waking what was is gone to an other site
seeing in my mind
feet touching water
Egret flies <camera sink <feather touch
hello there look who’s back
changed sight changed side
it never stays while flowing away
little capsule herstory
sweet water delta Bosch, sheltering secret hidden
moving out after delta plan, moving over to nature
strong minds acting without fist
letting me dream once again
words don’t hurt anymore
sticks break before they hit
BROKEN GLAS FOR YOU AND ME
horizon is green
my circle round, mind clear, soul flowing
Merwede Guadiana Gleddau Hunter Merwede
all flowing in me
better say no more
broken glas for you and me
Primeval Forest on our planet is perhaps not existing anymore as we humans have touched every bit of forest.
Yet, new primeval forest starts to appear there where humans leave nature alone.
A wonderful example is Broadbalk Field by Rothamsted Experimental Station, South England.
In 1882 the farmer left a winter wheat field, not even harvested the wheat, alone. The field had to look after itself without any help from humans. Four years later the wheat plants, except for 4, made room for other plants, 40 different plants had moved in, 21 years later 57 ‘wild’ plants were counted.
This experiment shows us how nature moves into an area which is just 0.2 hectare. The field had been farmed since 1664 and perhaps even longer and all around are agricultural fields.
In 1915 a grove had developed on the land with mainly Oaks, Hazels and Brambles, slowly but certainly the land converted to forest. It became an example for many other areas. Close to where i live, there is a small new primeval river forest. The area has been left alone, meaning has not been managed, people walk and talk here all the time. It is right along the shores of one of the most busy rivers called ‘De Lek’ one of the main routes from the big harbours from Rotterdam to Germany.
The forest takes no notice of all the passing boats and just moves in while writing this.
It is a damp place to be and all trees need to deal with wet feet, they grow amidst Reed and other water-edge plants.
The young trees are all self-seeded and some fall over or are eaten to feed the rest of the trees who still stand.
Only a very few trees are old trees all the rest moved in on their own, it is not an ancient forest. Most old forest was gone by 1300 in the Netherlands only a few bits were spared, mainly along the rivers or places harder to make into farmland.
Now at many places we turn back time as we move towards an other future by leaving areas to defend for themselves.
It shows how nature can recover even after a long time of cultivation. Most of the rivers here were almost dead rivers due to pollution coming not only from own ground but also flowing down stream from Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland and further afield.
The environmentalists made a great difference and the rivers are recovering from the pollution for centuries. There are now strict environmental laws in place preventing pollution as much as it can.
We can give back to nature what we once took away.
We can speed up the time it takes to recover by playing wind and bird by spreading seeds and planting sticks.
All it takes is time and patience.
It is wonderful to experience them little surprises.