Nature Views and Viewpoints for May


"The finest quality of this stone, these plants and animals, this desert landscape is the indifference manifest to our presence, our absence, our coming, our staying or our going. Whether we live or die is a matter of absolutely no concern whatsoever to the desert. Let men in their madness blast every city on earth into black rubble and envelope the entire planet in a cloud of lethal gas - the canyons and hills, the springs and rocks will still be here, the sunlight will filter through, water will form and warmth shall be upon the land and after sufficient time, no matter how long, somewhere, living things will emerge and join and stand once again, this time perhaps to take a different and better course."

Edward Abbey, in the book DESERT SOLITAIRE

"The times spent here in nature have been times spent strengthening. Respectful of its depth and beauty, nature strengthens us with a religious awe and enigmatic smile. We need our place in nature as a passageway to reconnect our knowledge and to reinterpret simplicity. We need our place in nature to broaden our imagination and renew our spirit."

Michael Fatali, in the poem "Light Writing"


"I know what they tell you about the desert but you mustn't believe them. This is no deathbed. Dig down, the earth is moist. Boulders have turned to dust here, the dust feels like graphite. You can hear a man breathe at a distance of twenty yards. You can see out there to the edge where the desert stops and the mountains begin. You think it is perhaps ten miles. It is more than a hundred. Just before the sun sets all the colors will change. Green will turn to blue, red to gold."

Barry Lopez, in the book DESERT NOTES


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