draw: trace or produce a line or mark; pull or guide; extract
draw: a natural ditch or drain; a shallow valley
Last year I drove from Lincoln (Section 52 in my grid) to Scottsbluff (Section 37) to give a workshop as part of Picturing Nebraska.
As usual, I took the long way round—3 days and 629 miles.
Leaving Sidney (Section 62) for Kimball and going west on Hwy 30, I saw Sidney Draw on the map. Having drawn Sidney Draw I decided to explore it.
I drove south on Hwy 19 to Lorenzo and then made my way west on the county roads. I rejoined Hwy 30 at Potter, at the west edge of Section 62. My detour took two and one-half hours to travel 19 miles west.
Here’s what I had drawn:
Here’s what I saw:
What is it about these contours that soothes me?
I love the promise of each hill.
I love the way the grid of county roads breaks to yield to the terrain.
This tenacity, consolation and promise is part of what I want to carry in the wrapping I call Prairie Skin.
Landscape is history made visible. (John Brinkerhoff Jackson)
A dream of tenderness
wrestles with all I know of history. (Adrienne Rich)