Out of my recent pics, I chose that image for a reason. It captures the feeling of this part of the country concisely. Most people think of this area as the middle of nowhere or just a desert, but it’s more than that. I see it as a giant Zen garden, simple, mostly empty, the emptiness is disturbed by rocky outcrops. It takes a certain mindset to appreciate or find meaning in it. The tree represents myself, standing on unstable foundations facing a vast obstacle in front of me. I don’t know why that crossed my mind. Perhaps it was the endorphins from hiking for miles, or the thinner air. I felt it necessary to capture this on the same day rather than waiting till I get home. There are more images to come but the internet connection here slow. Perhaps I will also attribute something to them.
This is why I highly recommend leaving your chaotic life at least for a fed days and get lost in the wilderness. Each type of biome will invoke a different mindset. The desolate landscapes of the southwest invoke different emotions than the verdant mountains further north. I will keep writing as my trip continues but for now, I must get some rest.