Reeds in Sand | Moses Lake, WA | 2018
A clump of reeds at the lake’s edge had seen better days. Declining water levels had left the grassy collective high and dry. Beached boats had mashed and broken thousands of stalks. Kids had dug holes and exposed roots. Yet healthy reeds grew tall at the cluster’s farthest fringe. The outliers, closest to the lake, flourished in the marshy soil and full sunlight. They had little competition for nutrients and weren’t overrun by the bustle of beach activities. They thrived apart. Lost in admiration, I stared at those hermit reeds far too long.