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06 May 2014

Heaved, Missoula, Montana


Frost heave, the cycles of freeze and thaw that lead into spring, commonly disrupt garden plantings, road surfaces, and hiking trails. (Which leads to the next Montana season, road construction.)
Being a lifetime rock picker-upper, a spring walk up Blue Mountain Recreation Area yielded much buried beauty launched into surface air. Which makes me visualize the earth layers below as a concentrated ocean  swimming with flashy fool’s gold fish and geode urchins and more prosaic schools of slate. These dirt dwellers maintain a yearly spring ritual: to burst forth and view the upper sphere. That’s a happy little imagination trip; imagine the fantastical creatures and colours you’d find the deeper you delve - like the rock fish living at ocean‘s floor. Sadly, my brain is now required back in the land of logic and time.

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