I paddle upstream, the floating catalpa tree blossoms passing by at a somewhat faster rate than does the shore. The static map, if one wants to consult it, will show the places I go to, but not the distance I will travel. The map leaves out the floating catalpa blossoms that drift by at a somewhat faster rate than does the shore. Maps always leave out more than they hold.
|Time that has happened|
I stop to watch the blossoms fall. They strike the water about once per second, an inexact clock, a blossom clock.
After paddling a distance of about a many thousand blossoms, I find a great blue heron standing in collected blossoms and hunting. It makes a strike and misses.
The wind comes up, but the blossoms continue to fall at the same inexact rate. The science of blossom dropping is not directly proportional to the wind.
|Time waiting to happen|