Damp Cracks

Damp Cracks | Wenatchee, WA | December 2019

Things Ignored by Famous Photographers #1 | Long after the snow melts, cracks between sidewalk tiles hold moisture. What’s developed in these miniature ravines, it seems, is a tiny ecosystem — algae, moss, ants lining up for a drink — that’ll last until the first extended freeze. I look down and imagine that’s us, drawn irresistibly to water, waddling in flip-flops to our own giant version of a sidewalk crack: the Columbia River Valley. In my fantasy, a shadow falls across the water as a dark cloud hovers above. Or is that someone’s shoe?