Driven to mediate spaces between my active participation in culture and my investigations for a sense of the natural (a term which cannot be removed from influence of human culture) I use marking as a way to establish place amongst these interwoven sources. Excavating a mark in the sand immediately places a remnant of action on the beach. It is a record of focused, energetic gesture conveying an aggressive attachment, or desire for attachment. The video documentation is also a record. Encoding an ephemeral moment that will be washed away by rising water in a medium that is preserved in a culturally digestible manner. While brutish, the action heightened a sense of curiosity and wonder--something I view as necessary for a meaningful bond to be created. Moving a lady bug and a midge fly from the sand or arranging freshly dug blue stones in a line are actions that express human concern and capacities for engagement amongst a neutral environment. These energies paused the initial drive allowing for a less straightforward, meandering connection to be made.