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When Brownie was alive we’d ride our bikes through the dry heat and down the red dirt tracks, tires popping as pebbles flew from our paths, always a hot wind harsh and unfriendly. How I hated that wind. Somehow as children though, we overcome things like this, death and heat, sometimes as adults it’s harder.
At the river we’d gather the stones that had been shaped by the water that ran forever through the valley. Its a trickle now, with the years of drought that followed. But I see it as it was, a brown green snake slithering and winding, seemingly never ending.
Once the stones had been rocks and boulders, hills or cliffs by the ocean. Something for man and animal to stand on up high, or perch, bearers to things seemingly unreachable, but now they were small and worn, carried and tumbled and rounded into submissive pebbles. All semblance of might long gone.
When we had a pile we’d skim them. Counting the bounces, seeing who could throw furthest, bounce highest. Now the stones from our hands were glorious things, slicing through the air and slicking off the water, shooting and arcing.
Alive once again.

Michael Douglass, 2009.

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Comments

  • Adam Gormley
    Adam Gormleyover 5 years ago

    Hi Michael, cool shot mate :)

  • Naomi Mawson
    Naomi Mawsonover 5 years ago

    Nice One!

  • Jessica Andrews
    Jessica Andrewsover 5 years ago

    love this

  • Steve  Woodman
    Steve Woodmanover 5 years ago

    Marvelous!

  • sky2007
    sky2007over 5 years ago

    This is truly one of my favorites, Brilliant~

  • JonnyMarvel
    JonnyMarvelover 5 years ago

    Great idea, fantasticaly done

  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensover 5 years ago

    Wow, magnificent concept, very well executed! Great image.

  • Yunnimun
    Yunnimunover 5 years ago

    Sharp man!

  • aglaia b
    aglaia bover 5 years ago

    love this!
    very clever. ;-)

  • capecodart
    capecodartover 5 years ago

    very nice shot , beautiful work.!

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