Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Winter Fences of Colorado

Image of fences in the snow tracing a natural design
Fences make good neighbours, he said. But these fences had moved beyond the politeness of bounderies and borders and slipped into the realm of art, arcing studded lines across the white curving fields of Colorado's winter landscape. These  winter fences more form than function, breaking whitescapes into foreground and background, hither and yonder, far away and fading into infinity, specs tracing a line into the foothills.

And why not? What use these barriers thrown up against the unlikely advance of feet in January's impassable pastures? And who would turn away a chance visitor in long dark nights? Who could close the door and turn away from the warmth of an encounter to embrace the cold loneliness and muffled silence of yet another night? What fortification against the onslaught of the coming storm - there in the clouds, breaching the headlands of the mountain.

1 comment:

  1. I will forever remember those fences all along the highways up to their railings in snow falling, measured by the foot.