Untitled in Humus and Root

May 11, 2010 at 8:57 am 3 comments

Two Saturdays ago, Ryan and I took our recently acquired kayaks out to Elizabeth City’s Sawmill Park. We started our journey going upstream and explored Newbegun Creek.

As the passage narrowed, I came across a tree that had lost its balance in the swampy soil. The tree, of course, was completely fine. Not deterred in the least, it was still covered in leaves. It was the semi circle of uprooted earth that caught my eye. The tree roots braided around each other. Little opportunistic plants were taking advantage of the dry real estate to provide pockets of greenery. Meanwhile eroded soil permitted glimpses of the forest beyond.

I stopped rowing, admired the textures and intricacies and took it all in. The sensation struck me as familiar.

A Woman Takes in a Painting in Paris (Photo by lorda)

Saw Mill Park Kayaking - Vicky Looks at Stump (By Ryan Somma)
I Take In Roots in Newbegun Creek (Photo by Ryan Somma)

It felt very much like being in a gallery and absorbing all the details of a great painting. 🙂

Entry filed under: Art, Elizabeth City, Kayaking, North Carolina.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dave  |  May 11, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Wow, incredible photo!

    (in Liz Lemon voice): I want to go to there!!

  • 2. jim  |  September 8, 2011 at 7:36 am

    The wife and I put our canoe in at saw mill last month. As we were paddling away from the ramp I heard a scream and turning around I noticed my wife in a near state of shock. She had seen a gator laying under the ajoining dock. Needless to say she won’t ever paddle from this ramp again.

  • 3. tgaw  |  September 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

    @Jim – Wow!!! I had seen Alligators up at Merchant’s Millpond State Park https://tgaw.wordpress.com/2009/04/05/weekly-winners-march-29-april-4-2009/, but I didn’t know there were some down near Sawmill. I would have been taken as offguard as you and your wife. Thanks for posting!


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