Short Pier | Pateros, WA | 2013
At first look, the half-sunken pier seemed like a bad situation. In a grand sense, it was failing to fulfill its destiny. More simply, it wasn’t being used as intended. But wait … As I watched, fishermen docked their boats across the pier, making it much easier to get in and out. Young swimmers joyously sprinted down the partially submerged span right into the water. And birds relaxed on the anchor poles without fear of humans or dogs. Clearly, expectations had been adjusted to exploit the new circumstances. Everyone adapted. Everyone reached deep and got creative.