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Unextraordinary views

A wide creek flows off ankle deep in the wake of a mill falls, rippling fingers across a streambed of rocks and mud. Moving points of light flicker and flash on the surface, the sun's rays filter through translucent layers of broadleaf boughs overhead. A stone wall curves away towards Tilden Street bridge, steel I-beams painted public works green, supported midstream on a tapered block stone pier, carrying traffic in and out of busy Washington DC. 

I ignore the old dam with its wide sheet of cascading water behind me, and the picturesque whitewashed mill building above the bank. I'm interested in these quiet layers that frame this scene, unremarkable on first glance, its mysterious appeal only revealed to me because my mind is calmly receptive to the wonder and beauty of nothing out of the ordinary.

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