October 11, 2003

The Truth Plain and Simple

image copyright Fred First
I've been asked more than once what we plan to do with 'all this land'. Knowing the answer expected of the owner of five fallow acres along a creek I tell them someday we will fence it off to pasture a few head of cattle; or we might plant Christmas trees like so many other landowners in the county who can't make their land pay for itself by farming. The truth of the matter is something I believe I will from hereon confess: I plan to use this bottomland for taking spiderweb pictures.

That should make for some raised eyebrows, don't you think?

Posted by fred1st at October 11, 2003 05:48 AM | TrackBack

So very American, the assumption that surely you will DO something with the land.

Makes me think of a daydream I had, years ago when I did some family history research, and realized that my people used to own most of a big valley at the foot of Lookout Mountain in Northeast Alabama -- land which they got after the Cherokees were forcibly removed and sent off on the Trail of Tears. I dreamed of winning one of the big GA lotteries (so what that I've never bought a ticket--this is a daydream) and using the money to buy up that land again as it became available, and then "revert" it back to its natural state ... and maybe invite some Cherokees to come back home and help.

Posted by: Lin B at October 11, 2003 10:05 AM

Looks like a good plan to me. I'll enjoy it more that way. Could you swing a few more "light through the trees" pictures while you're at it?

Posted by: Cody at October 11, 2003 11:21 AM

Hooray for you Fred! That's what I'd do with five acres if I had it!

Posted by: Fran at October 11, 2003 04:01 PM

On our patio, there is a jumble tomato cages that I made last year (and didn't use this year because all of our tomatoes were determinate types), that the little lady hummingbird enjoyed sunning on between visits to the feeder outside our kitchen window. A few weeks ago, a spider took up residence, building a gorgeous web across the end of the top cage (that lay on it's side). The web is really beautiful on foggy mornings.

Posted by: Cop Car at October 11, 2003 06:52 PM

when there was a proposal recently about rezoning a tract near me, the debate centered around finding "the highest use for the land."

I believe there could be no higher use for land than taking spider web pictures. ... unless possibly it were taking pictures of flowers.

Posted by: bill at October 12, 2003 12:05 PM

Stumbled across the fragments while checking out TurboNote links (thanks for the mention, BTW :-).

Would I be right in assuming y'all are fans of Aldo Leopold? I think the Sand County Almanac has got to be one of the most lyrical calls for living in quiet harmony with the land ever written. Something I put in my top three books of all time. Just mentioning in case someone hasn't come across this gem...

We're based in New Zealand, so are fortunate to have a *lot* of quiet outdoors filled with spiderwebs and trees and birds and wild untamed country (and that's just the acre in our back yard! :-)

All the best to the fragment folk,

Posted by: Vicki Hyde at October 12, 2003 04:59 PM

Hi Vicki...

Happy to have you stop by. Yep, I've used TN for quite a while and don't know why everyone doesn't use it.

I think Sand County Almanac was the first book I read (back in the early 70's that resounded with what felt like truth about man's relationship with nature, esp having just read Silent Spring and seeing what our activities had already irreversibly done to our water and air. Thanks for mentioning Mr. Leopold and come back and visit any time!

Posted by: fredf at October 12, 2003 06:12 PM

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