I was walking past our neighbor’s alfalfa field yesterday and saw this:
Richard Long has been visiting our town! That was my immediate conclusion. He makes or witnesses lines in natural settings, like this one from his book “Mountains and Waters”:
These are his works as well:
It has to be him! I thought. Or, more likely, he has taught my eye to see lines like these as beautiful and meaningful. Framed by the line of clouds and the mountain range, the deer trail through this field is a remarkable sight and should be remarked on.
Near the end of my walk, I found this trail and these accompanying individual prints left by wild turkeys:
Following the trail I was surprised to find no human prints, just the deep trail worn by dozens of turkeys over some time. Trails make walking easier and they meander for inexplicable natural reasons. Why, for instance, isn’t the trail in the alfalfa field straighter? Those deer were clearly flaneurs.