Sunday, February 07, 2010

Canyons & Skies

images from Canyonlands National Park, Utah, February 2010

dark streak of wings
across the endless open air
to brush the canyon rim—
solitary raven

At some point, you have to say, stop, I can't take in anymore, it's all just too intense, too powerful, too beautiful. You become overwhelmed; there's just too much to take in. Your eyes need to rest for awhile, before you can see such intensity again. Minutes or hours. It's good to break up the day with a drive between locations, to rest the mind. Then you can see afresh new vistas. Just being there, standing for awhile in silence, a raven for silent companionship, is enough to renew the soul, to heal everything that's been broken before.

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Blogger Elisabeth said...

It's like a lunar landscape, Art, or at least how I imagine the moon's surface might look. Surreal, and as you suggest unspeakably beautiful.

5:23 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...


It's amazing to me how much more surreal nature and real life are than surrealist artists can do. You know? It's like the old saying:

"Strange is truther than fiction."

2:21 PM  
Blogger John Ettorre said...


6:28 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Thanks, John.

It's quite something in winter, ennit? :)

10:16 PM  

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