What is this ditch but a split in the earth, a millrace stilled, a catchment for water, fallen limbs and leaves. 

Here are the hidden places of nature’s divination, a cauldron of dark harmonies, descending roots and recondite connections. 

Beneath these trees, absent of all artifice, is a shifting mosaic of silver and shadow, shimmering with rain.

Here is nature’s default mode network, a mirror spun from depths unseen, a cradle of life, decay, complexity, chaos, and accidental beauty.

2023, Ontario Pathways, County Road 47, Hopewell