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Prairie Nightfall

February 14, 2007

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  1. February 15, 2007 at 10:27 | #1

    Looks awful lonely out there!

  2. February 15, 2007 at 23:39 | #2

    Could be.  To me it provokes contemplation.  I look at that flat prairie and imagine a mile of ice on it.  I think of weird pleistocene mammals and before that the cambrian sea full of critters I’ve only seen in fossils… and the aquifer surrounding those fossils a hundred fifty feet below the road.  I imagine the interconnected complexity of agriculture, communication, lines of supply, small restaurants and churches supporting the social network of people who make it happen.  I visualize the turbulent physics of wind over what gentle hills do remain, leaving four inches of snow with corn stubble sticking out on the windward side, and ten-foot drifts on the leeward.  How do they calculate average snowfall from that?  I watch deer and think about the ecology that supports them, from tiny insects and mice to eagles and hawks above riding updrafts on hot summer days.  I just look down the road, knowing people drive back and forth on it, weaving a fabric of human purpose under the starry sky.

    But none of those things are incompatible with loneliness.

    Lot going on in the prairie.

  3. L>T
    February 17, 2007 at 13:00 | #3

    I have never been on the prairie. So I can only imagine A scene from “Fargo”

  4. February 17, 2007 at 14:24 | #4

    Oh, yes, L>T, the scenery is much like FARGO.
    Actually, when our oldest son and I went to see the movie, when the guy was driving across the landscape, we both could relate to the monotony.

    I wouldn’t know about the murder and mayhem.  Then again, there is a guy in Michigan waiting to get extradition back to here for killing his girlfriend the other day.
    Perhaps a movie does reflect real life.

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