Phenomena: seiches and alewise
"I'd swim across lake Michigan
I'd sell my shoes
I'd give my body to be back again
In the rest of the room
To be alone with you"
Sufjan Stevens - To Be Alone With You
Growing along the shores of lake michigan I have seen wondrous things, from water spouts to mass migrations, to the continuous glow of chicago, phenomena encompassed my childhood.
One of these phenomena was the seasonal die-off of alewives (an invasive fish which have taken over the great lakes) Every spring, masses of dead alewives wash ashore. The numbers vary depending on breeding season, but their appearance is a definite. I consider it a phenomena for reason of it including: 1.Things: the fish. 2.Frameworks: the context of the fish on the beach, their massed clumps, their deadly seperation fromt the water. 3.Clockworks: the yearly arrival of the dead alewives. Even though their numbers change, their coming is innevitable. The fact that the fish are in a measurable context and to an extreme extent found dead every year makes their appearance onshore a phenomena.
A second phenomenon, I have only experienced vicariously through the stories of my grandmother. It is called the seiche. It is a quick withdrawal/shift of water in lakes. Caused by underwater waves and seismic activity they are a force which cannot be measured in a cycle. I consider them pheneomena because this action of water exsists, has a cause, is measurable, and the water always returns and flows back.
This article sparked my writings on both phenomena.