Saturday, August 19, 2006

Floating Gardens Of Stanfield Marsh

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This tire, mounted to a rim, is still holding air after floating around the perimeter of the marsh since spring, and the garden, complete with several species of plants and some driftwood garden art, appears to be thriving.

I wonder at the circumstances of how this life raft came to be.

A perfectly good tire & wheel, fully inflated with excellent tread, somehow becomes separated from its vehicle, fills with soil and driftwood, and ends up in the marsh where it sits high enough in the water so that whatever seeds were present didn't drown but flourished instead, upon the floating junk of industrial civilization, to create an oddly beautiful statement on life, renewal, and nature's adaptability.

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Blogger madcapmum said...

I feel somewhat the same when I see pictures of Chernobyl. I'm very saddened by the destruction that the people there experienced, but when I realize how much damage was done, and yet see how the trees and plants are taking back the spaces that were once paved and covered with apartment complexes, it gives me hope. Hope that perhaps the havoc we wreak isn't entirely irremediable.

1:48 PM  
Blogger dragonfly183 said...

maybe it came from an accident.

9:44 PM  
Blogger roger said...

the roots of the plants can probably hang thru the wheel into the water. i have seen old tires used as planters. this is a step up.

8:39 AM  
Anonymous vickie said...

I guess if I tire has to float in the water, adapting to and becoming part of the habitat is the best way to have it. Nature is very interesting.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Tabor said...

This same type of garden is artificially created in DisneyWorld in Florida in some of their small landscape ponds. Maybe they were out vacationing in your area?

3:00 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

I have been admiring some tree stumps that somehow got inundated and managed to gather that kind of flora.

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