What exactly constitutes the source, and why should it be so godawful important? In simpler times, to pursue and finally identify the source of a system was to hold the ultimate trump card because the power to control a resource logically emanated from this mythical starting point.
Well Gang, meet Pine Lake, the mystical origin of the Pine River. I realise now how naive I've been pursuing this quest. Though the Pine River begins as a little trickle on one end of this lake and crosses a farmers field where it's waters are hidden by the long green grass that shades its meandering route, Pine Lake is not the Rio Pine's ultimate source. The water that bubbles up from the ground or condenses from the sky follows a course that is barely understood by science or intuition. If I extend my thinking just a little to incorporate the satellite images of water vapor swirling through our planets atmosphere how feeble and inadequate becomes my concept of source as it relates to the headwaters of my beloved Rio Pine.
Behold, the true origin of the Pine River!
To me these images are the Grand Metaphor that best illustrates the unanticipated complexity of our relationship to the Earth when viewed outside of our immediate interests.
Look closely and you will see the humble beginnings of the Pine River, Earth.
It is enough for me to wonder at the amazing things that touch my five senses for they are to many to count and to intricate to fathom.
"All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions"
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)