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Tipping Point

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Back in September, I boasted of the big victory of using visiting family with strong backs to finally accomplish a dream of placing a third rock upon the two large boulders at the center of our labyrinth.

It was a great moment.

Then, along came winter, and the heaving of earth as the ground frost increased in depth.

The other day, while exploring the woods with Delilah, we came out on the backside of the labyrinth and I spotted the little rock on top was tipping over.

Mother Nature has a way of proving we do not have as much control over things as we’d like to think.

I’m undecided about trying to push it back upright now, or waiting to see how the boulders move as the season progresses.

Somehow, it feels like a fitting metaphor for a lot of things that are tipping or are out of my control.

I am inclined to observe what happens without jumping right in to do battle against the elements.

It’s another adventure, only in slow motion.

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Written by johnwhays

January 8, 2018 at 7:00 am

Boulders Rocking

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While we were standing around the center of labyrinth Wednesday night, I glanced at the big boulders and immediately sensed something seemed different. One of them seems to be settling into an increased lean away from the other. It comes as no surprise, since the soil is so incredibly saturated around here. dscn5410e

It has me wondering what it will be like this winter when the ground freezes. Will the excess water in the surface soil create more in the way of heaving? Could those boulders get pushed over on their sides?

Maybe when the tree finally gets established, we can get rid of the boulders altogether and let the maple take their place.

What do I mean by we ? By the time that happens, I probably won’t be around anymore and those decisions will likely be someone else’s to make.

For this moment, I am going to work on tending to the boulders to the best of my ability, while also finding a way to adjust my attitude so that I will accept the unexpected results that nature serves up.

I’m sure hoping that nature will serve up a healthy and vibrant transplanted tree. If that happens, I will find it much less concerning if/when the boulders shift into a new and different orientation from the one with which we started.

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Written by johnwhays

November 4, 2016 at 6:00 am