Crossing the state from the Mexican border driving North, I traversed a number of different biomes. Ecological zones spanning lower desert and high desert, thornscrub, chaparral, grassland, woodland forest, riparian, and even alpine tundra at the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff. As I neared what would be our departure point on the Colorado, I came upon the Vermilion Cliffs at Marble Canyon, near Lee’s Ferry.
The Stone People
They carry the history of the Earth. These cliffs record the changing environment during the Mesozoic Era – some 248 to 65 million years ago.
Photo: The Merced River in Yosemite Valley. It is insanely beautiful here. You can marvel at pictures, but they don’t capture the essence. There is great magic here.
You have to be here to truly experience its wonder.
I traveled through Yosemite during the time of COVID restrictions, and the Silver Lining was the number of people inside the park was restricted. The experience was so much more enriched without the pollution of so many humans. 🙂
As the quote would indicate, there is an Art to “Seeing.” To shine a light on differing perspectives. To consider the Nature of a place with more than just “Sight.” To “Feel” it. To soak it all in. And to travel inward for clarity. A view from our Internal Light. Our Heart.
May we all be so bold.
BTW: I stole this quote from my blogging friend, Victoria Ray. You should really check out her blog. I love her writing.