Empty | Wenatchee, WA | 2013

The convention ends, the bustle wanes, and the tables are cleared of registration forms and brochures. I relish the contrast from before — the crowds, clamor and confusion — and delight in this sudden emptiness. After three days of schmoozing, silence and spareness soothe the mind and eye. This blank interval, a kind of gap in space and time, also beckons to be filled with the next occurrence. Not to worry; the universe provides. Associates of the U.S. Dry Pea & Lentil Council arrive in two days for their big annual whoop-ti-do.