It wasn’t easy to turn a trickling gash into a meandering creek. But with a lot of help from a friend, that’s what Andrew Lewis did. Here’s his Perspective.
This winter I fled the Twitter streams, personal information harvesting, and pump and dump news, seeking a less mediated world.
Over the years, a rill of water had cut a ravine through our property. I wanted to raise the water level and stop the cutting. It might be better to keep our topsoil and not have it wash out to the lagoon. The blackberry bramble and cut gave refuge to the bobcat, raccoon, deer and badger. But there are other complementary needs.
Water gives us life, and water does not come easily to California. It made sense to invite it to stay a while and help nurture our Gravensteins, our white figs and pear.
So I’ve spent months cutting back bramble and digging out blackberry. The creek has become my workout video. I spend mornings contemplating the flow of water and noticing what mushrooms grow in the leaf litter, what animal prints inscribe the mud.