Posts Tagged ‘tire’

half moon facing river, 7/09half moon with bridge, 7/09

Finding this tire upright and buried in the now drying mud… provided these three views from the Falls of the Ohio.  Since we had so much recent rain, I doubt this tire is still standing.  I will find out this weekend.  I guess it’s official now about July being the coolest on record for Kentucky.  Not one day hit the 90 degree mark!  That follows on the heels of June…which was the wettest June ever recorded around here.  We are well above normal rainfall.  It’s not exactly been your average summer!

Half Moon, view from under the tire, 7/09

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Floating tire

What would a river clean-up be without discarded automotive tires?  They seem as ubiquitous as the driftwood in the water.  You get so used to seeing them that in effect…you don’t see them anymore. 

Tire and driftwood

That’s where having a camera can be of assistance…it breaks that circuit that prevents us from remembering that these objects should never find a home here. 

Circle in the water

Finding a floating circle in the water always grabs my attention.  It’s no longer just a tire, but the pattern of perfection, the symbol of civilization.

Beached tire

How did we become so indifferent towards them?  Isn’t the wheel the same great device it was when it was first invented?  It was once a big deal…is it no less marvelous and worthy of being disposed of properly?

Discarded tire

One of the nice things about being a parent of young children is that you can remember some of the wonder of the world through their experiences.

Sinking tire

I guess that’s also what makes photography so effective a medium…it gives the viewer an opportunity in a split second, to experience vicariously, what the photographer saw.

Sunken tire in the sand

I worry as a parent that we won’t leave this place in as good a shape as we found it.  It’s become a vicious cycle that needs fixing.

Tire Drawing

I don’t know if “art” can be the tool to make the repair?  But if we can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, which art can do, we might just recapture some of the lost wonder in the world.

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