Awakened to Her Beauty
9 Sun, 2011 § 8 Comments
When asked to describe the most beautiful place you have ever seen is, where comes to mind. Likely it would not be your own backyard, or would it? Where we grew up is usual, ordinary…there is nothing astonishing about it.
In recent years, I have embraced a fresh perspective, like I am seeing it for the first time. My new perspective has blossomed from uncovered passions [rocking climbing, backpacking, etc], which have led me back into the desert, as well as Dave’s openness in sharing what he sees through the lens.
On our drive from Utah over the holidays, we took a different route home. We were awed by the range of landscape we passed: wavy, pink hills of sandstone contrasted by sheer, red-faced cliffs; pale, chalky petrified dunes gave way to looming, dark towers, more volcanic than desertesque…
While visiting over the holidays, our first afternoon in Emery was spent exploring just beyond the borders of my hometown.
Dave explored through his camera, capturing & creating amazing works of art.
Dad & I hiked around a narrow wash.
He filled me in on stories of an ancient ruin of Native American artifacts hidden deep within this wash. The desert conceals her beauty & memories well, but my eyes are more open to her secrets now.
I have always enjoyed the outdoors & “saw” its beauty, but admittedly I was a bit stingy with my compliments to nature in my adolescence. I loved green, lush, mountainous lands…& might have acknowledged beauty in the desert, especially in unusual rocks or a glowing sunset…but a countryside of this?
Land spotted in jade, olive & lime is not just a field of tri-colored sage brush; it is expansion & space. It is something to be cherished. The sparseness & simplicity of the desert is austere & alluring.
Raw. Exposed. Unrelenting.
Defiant. Pure. Beautiful.
Now I truly see it, revel in it & realize how beautiful my home is & how fortunate I was to grow up there…because of what it has taught me, continues to teach me & because I can continue to explore & relish in it.
Is your hometown ordinary or beautiful to you?