Forward

Perhaps it’s a path you yourself have taken, the building where you’re starting a great new job, or the curve of your partner’s pregnant belly. It could be an image that shows a physical move, or something that evokes a major life change. (michelle, The Daily Post)

This picture says FORWARD to me:

"Holland Marsh" by Cheryl Andrews

“Holland Marsh” by Cheryl Andrews©

I looked for other shots to interpret forward but kept coming back to this one. See the derelict house beside the trees further down the site line?  As the produce wagons filled with onions move forward from the house, I recall a fascinating bit of the local history. Legend has it that this was one of the houses set adrift in the fields of Holland Marsh, Canada when the region was flooded by Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Ghosts of the devastation, these houses moved through the fields and across the roads, into adjoining properties, finally settling only as the flood subsided. Some, like this house, were so ruined they were never moved back to their original foundations.

I spent a few hours one day with a pal trudging through this part of Holland Marsh initially attracted by the ruined house, then the rich black soil and aroma of the onion fields.  Curiosity pulled the farmer who owns this land into his truck and out to us. He shared the legend. We shared our photos.

Check out the incredible story of the DePeuter family who spent a night stranded in their home as it floated aimlessly for two miles around the marsh bumping into houses, greenhouses, barns, hydro poles, etc. Three of their children became seasick as the house ‘bobbed like a cork.’

Other interpretations of this week’s challenge that appeal to my eclectic eye:

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