Lost marbles

Ever since moving to the Farm marbles have turned up from time to time. What prompted this post was the most recent of these occurrences (look for the second blue marble from the right, the one with the white swirls, in the image below). This particular marble was found in a diversion ditch behind the house, after a brief but torrential rain shower. The rushing water had scoured a bit of soil from the surrounding fields and into the ditch; clearly, the marble had been transported by the rushing water. We find marbles of all descriptions in the barns and in the surrounding lawns, fields, and pastures. We have found marbles in the deconstructed walls and ceilings of our home and in its deeper, hidden, recesses. Marbles have been discovered while working the gardens and flower beds. We learned, from talking with someone who lived here more than 50 years ago, that when he was a boy he used to shoot marbles around the property. Given the distribution of these treasures I don’t believe he used the word shoot to mean play, I believe that he and his friends or siblings or cousins used to fire the marbles as projectiles. What made this story poignant however was that this individual is, and certainly was at the time, stricken with polio. I like to think that launching these many marbles was somehow liberating to someone with limited mobility on such a beautiful piece of ground. We have a collection of these once lost marbles which we treasure.

6 thoughts on “Lost marbles

  1. These are wonderful and so is the story that goes with it! We hardly think of polio anymore but my uncle contracted it in the Navy and it left him a paraplegic. The freedom of motion and color, I like the connection. Sorry I missed this the first time around. I love vivid colors!

  2. Can you load a marble into a gun? These are beautiful … Molly and I used to have a little collection somewhere. I wonder if they’re worth something?

    • I think they either used a sling-shot or played with gun powder! The collection you refer to is the one from which I sampled for the photo. I did a bit of post processing with some HDR (high dynamic range) software … do you like the result?

      • Yes it produces a stunning effect … I feel like it’s more vivid than the image my own eyes would produce!

        • Is that OK … or have I overstepped the bounds of a good photo blog? When is a photo not a photo anymore? It’s a tough call. You you are correct in that the images so produced are really nice and eye catching. Some photographers are over-the-top with post-processing … while others won’t touch it and believe you should simply display what you’ve taken – period.

      • I think that’s unnecessarily restrictive. Photography is art, isn’t it? Who is to say that using HDR software is any less pure or natural than a certain shutter speed, or just lying down on your belly to get the best angle? With all the technology available these days you have to take advantage of the possibilities. That being said, there are limits … celebrity airbrushing annoys the heck out of me!

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