‘Bark This Way’
Sometimes, you don’t need serious. Sometimes, you get sick-at-heart from all of the sky-is-falling dystopian headlines. Sometimes, you need a dog, happily barking with excitement, out the window of the car beside yours on the road one West Virginia afternoon.
One blessing of daily life and nightly living in West Virginia is the chance to gather round a fire. They make take place on a hilltop up a curving mountain road that is hazardous the health of your low-slung vehicle. Or on a deck in the outback, so far from light pollution you can trace the length of the Milky Way. The second option was the occasion for this short video. I was enjoying the fire and decided to film it vertically with my smartphone, for an occasional series of “Fire Theater” videos I post to social media. I added a sweet score of Japanese koto music and multiplied the fire, just because things like that happen when you fire up Final Cut Pro X.
There’s this Buddha statue on my deck. And there’s this birdy. A Carolina wren, to be specific. Carolina comes by and flits to the Buddha’s head, where she loves to sing. Here’s what this looks like and sounds like.