"Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit,
and as vital to our lives as water and good bread."
|Pine Tree Arch|
I was only about six years old the first time I visited Arches National Park in southeastern Utah. After far too many years away I finally went back last week with my sisters. And despite the cool temperatures and even colder wind, this place was even more amazing than I remembered. Here are some of my favorite sights from my short spring break trip to one of the prettiest national parks in the United States.
These sandstone cliffs
burnished red by wind and time--
fragile bridges to the sky.
"Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear (but) the earth remains ... and the heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break. I sometimes choose to think that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun."
And while I didn't see any new birds on my trip to add to my
life list, I did see quite a lot of ravens. They criss cross the skies
above the crowds and through the arches like we are merely
trespassers in their world of sun and rock and sky. I loved them.
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
Arches National Park by Day & Night (photographs) by Grant Collier