Baling Twine

Baling Twine | Twisp, WA | April 2019

Things pile up. It’s not too far-fetched to claim that a primary law of life is Accumulation. Books on shelves, dimes on dressers, hairs in drains. Or heaps of memories, blessings, regrets (college sweethearts come to mind?). I like to imagine that our ranching neighbor has tracked his decades of labor — hay harvests, cattle sales — through a growing mountain of discarded baling twine. It’s a measurable mass of tangle, that’s for sure, but also of time, energy and perhaps profits that mark a century of family farming. Added perk: Sunlight pools (accumulation!) in the polyester strands to enrich their color and, at times, give them a very slight glow.