Blooming Yucca at Corona Arch
The desert holds a perfect and natural balance between lifelessness and living vibrancy. The strangeness and wonder of existence are emphasized here, in the desert, by the comparative sparsity of the flora and fauna: life not crowded upon life as in other places but scattered abroad in spareness and simplicity, with a generous gift of space for each herb and bush and tree, each stem of grass, so that the living organism stands out bold and brave and vivid against the lifeless sand and barren rock. The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life-forms. Love flowers best in openness and freedom.”
– Ed Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Blooming Barrel Cactus
Indian Paintbrush on Sandstone
Indian Paintbrush along a Slickrock Trail
Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
I loved Desert Solitaire! So much awesome.
Lover of the winter that I am, you have left me yearning for blue skies and flowers.
I love the springtime in the desert, the landscape comes alive.
I plan on visiting your blog frequently. I hope you don’t mind, I posted a link to your blog from mine. I’m a fellow teardrop lover. Your photographs are spectacular! Thank you for sharing them and your wisdom.
If you have never been there it’s hard to understand the feeling you get when you are there.It’s whole different world and you really feel free.
I continue to live vicariously through you 🙂
Stunning photos, I love the desert. Where in Utah were these taken?
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