"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Nature's patterns


It rained last night, a lot. A morning walk shows lots of runoff, and the intricate patterns of nature, in the sand, or in a glistening tree stump. Then there are the infinite patterns of falling water.


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