Better Late Than Never…..A Belated Birthday Gift for Ed: An Afternoon on the Pecos River, November 2012

Pecos Flow

Pecos Flow

In early November 2012, I traveled down to Santa Fe, New Mexico, for 4 days of celebration and the birthday of one of my oldest friends, Ed Gale. Ed and I went to high school together at Fountain Valley School, outside Colorado Springs, in the late 60s. Along for the ride were a couple of more high school chums, Kurt Swingle and Ernie Steck. We all arrived on Thursday, enjoying a wonderful dinner in downtown at The Shed, which I highly recommend, if you are down that way! I also recommend Harry’s Roadhouse, where we had breakfast the following morning, after which we ventured eastward to Cowles, which is little more than a sign post on a road with a smattering of cabins, here and there. That said, however, it was definitely a home away from home for our overnight. Once we had unloaded the truck and settled our gear, we took off for a scan of the river for Ernie, who had brought his fishing tackle, and for me, camera in hand. They found a likely spot for Ernie to return to and I caught this candid shot, the faces of the innocent kept in confidence:

Perusing the Rive

Perusing the River

We continued along our merry ways, whether it was Ernie donning his fly-fishing gear or myself continuing to shoot photos, as I am wont to do in a new environment. I traipsed about the shoreline as I studied the river and how various things got in its way to impede its course….that is, the rocks and boulders, felled branches and trees, detritus of one form or another, or whatever may be pushing it this way or that. While my concentration was the Pecos River itself, I was, occasionally, distracted by various  bits that caught my eye.

Pecos Spanish Moss

Pecos Spanish Moss

The best of that afternoon follows………………………….

Battering Ram

Battering Ram

Downstream

Downstream

In the Afternoon Sun

In the Afternoon Sun

Sluice

Sluice

Waiting At the River's Edge

Waiting At the River’s Edge

Rapt

Rapt

In Time

In Time

Before Sunset

Before Sunset

River Rolls

River Rolls

Vortex

Vortex

Striations of the River

Striations of the River

Crucifix

Crucifix

Whenever I am at a river or creek (or, for that matter, a place where I am surrounded with stone on various sizes), I take the time to build a cairn, as some call it. My “name” for it is World In Motion because no matter how fast or slow the world spins, the testament of the stack will remain, even if it gets knocked over by wind or some other element: the fact that it stands at all, for whatever time that it stands, is an homage unto itself….and myself….and the Universe. They take concentration to build and this one was actually quite simple despite the fact that it took me a good hour of concentration. [If you’re interested in learning more about them, try this link: cairn.] I’ve also been known to build them in Sedona, AZ, which is home to some of the greatest energy vortexes in the US but that is another story (as well as a previous post to this blog). I always make a point to make my stacks with an uneven number of pieces for the simple rule that nothing in nature is perfect except for Mother, Gaia, Herself; I believe this stack was 17 pieces:

World in Motion - Pecos River

World in Motion – Pecos River

…and the day done, we retired to a terrific pre-birthday meal and each other’s good company by the warmth of the fire………..

And Then It Reached Out As If

And Then It Reached Out As If

Jump In

Jump In

The next day, we packed up Ed’s truck and said adieu to our Pecos River repast and relaxation…..but not without getting a picture of us on the cabin steps. I have to, honestly, admit that I didn’t take this picture and give the credit to Kurt because it is a damn fine picture of the four of us.

Ernie, Ed, Kurt, and myself (l to r)

Ernie, Ed, Kurt, and myself (l to r)

Happy Birthday, Ed, exceptionally belated! I hope you have enjoyed this afternoon jaunt on that wondrous river that passes by your place on the Pecos.

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One Response to “Better Late Than Never…..A Belated Birthday Gift for Ed: An Afternoon on the Pecos River, November 2012”

  1. I realize that is quite shameless for me to comment on my own post………but, that said, I honestly believe that my favorite shot in this collection is CRUCIFIX. I am considering getting it blown up rather large….and I mean LARGE (and I know just where to go and who to talk to in order to get it done r-i-g-h-t!). Is it shameless of me to like it so much?

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