I don’t see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe. It doesn’t need to be flattered with rain. It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty.~Joy Harjo
I have been racing towards multiple deadlines for the past week or so. Sometimes it feels like every moment is accounted for. But one night, I gave myself a break and looked through my photos, trying to find one that worked in monochrome for Leanne Cole’s fabulous Monochrome Madness. As my eyes lingered over the scenes, their beauty and tranquility calm me.
I selected this shot of the Arizona desert, captured during a hike last spring at Lost Dutchman State Park. It was a sublime moment. The sun was warm, the sky was a vibrant blue, and the wild flowers were in bloom. To fit Leanne’s theme, I added a sepia filter, but I’m curious what you think of the original color shot.
Do you prefer the color or the black and white? Do you escape into nature like me when life gets too hectic? Or, do you find peace in a yoga or exercise class or through music? Recently, I’ve gone back to swimming laps. It’s a great way to be completely “in the moment.”
I hope you have many moments of happiness, relaxation, and inspiration this week!