Welcome to another adventure set in the western section of the Falls of the Ohio State Park. As promised, here is what amounts to part two of my last entry. On this particular day I was involved with two sculptures made using found materials. The first was the Banana Palm Mockingbird that I was photographing when I was taken by surprise by this odd character that I call the “Goofy Guy”. He walked out of no where (scared the bird away) and announced himself to me. I was working intently with my camera and not paying much attention to what else was around me. Let that be a lesson to me in letting my guard down. Anyway, here is a picture of him. Luckily, my absurd visitor was a very friendly chap!
You can see why he’s the Goofy Guy with his asymmetrical face and huge smile. He seemed really curious about what I was doing and so he tagged along with me for an hour or so. One of the first things he did was show me this tree that a beaver or beavers had gnawed. It never occurred to me that beavers might be capable of climbing trees? I could have this all wrong, but I’m not certain what else is around here that could do this type of damage? Might be some other mysterious critter that I have yet to come across.
I was working my way down the river bank and snapped this image of my new friend standing on a set of concrete steps. Hmm…another mystery presented itself. Although I have always acknowledged in my brain that these steps are out here…I have not considered for very long why they are here to begin with? Obviously, this thing did not just float in with the high water! In different areas out here, you do come across building foundations that preceded the formation of the state park. Is this evidence of that or did someone go to great trouble to dump this here like so much back fill? It certainly would take some energy to do this. On the other hand, if these steps actually were attached to a building…who would build a structure this close to the Ohio River and for what purpose? Is this the remains of a boat house? Where is the rest of the house? The mystery just deepens!
Since it was an unseasonably warm day…the Goofy Guy decided to cool his feet off. Waves from the river were lapping the shore line. If my friend isn’t careful he could easily fall into the river. Then again in his case, he would just float off to some other distant place. I believe the flower-like object on his head may be part of some large bubble wand…I just thought of that. Over the years, I have collected many smaller wands and I should show you that collection at some point in this riverblog. Always good to have something saved for a rainy day. I’ll add that to my other esoteric river collections. If you notice, Goofy Guy is missing the talisman he had on his chest. It must have fallen off while we were having fun. I think it was a plastic cookie cutter perhaps to make gingerbread men? The day was wearing on and so I was working my way back to the Interpretive Center. I was soon to say good-by to my new acquaintance, but before that happened I created a last series of images of him.
We stopped by a large tree that fell over a year or so a go and Goofy Guy climbed up on the tree’s root mass. To me, he looked like a preacher on his pulpit. I wondered later what topic he would elaborate upon and hoped it would have something to do with respecting nature and environmental responsibility. This image shows the tree better.
Tired, thirsty, and hungry I bid my friend farewell. I wonder if he is still hanging out or did he attach himself to some other people? The next time I’m in this section of the park…I’ll make a point of looking him up. Thanks for hanging out with me and engaging the many mysteries surrounding this special place in the world.