--Antoine de Saint-Exupery, from Flight to Arras
I love this quote from the author of The Little Prince. In Joshua Tree National Park there are so many things to contemplate--rock piles in the shape of whales, clouds that become horses pulling chariots, swirls of sand that look like miniature Grand Canyons. Much of my fiction is set in the desert... a land of cathedrals and hidden wells.
(Rock climbers, Hidden Valley, December 2007)
(Hidden Valley, 2007)
A final word to describe the desert:
Rock climbers inspire me, their trust in their limbs, ropes, and climbing partners. Mostly their patience as they work their way up a rock.
The big, blue desert sky inspires me. The sun, gentle breezes, rain clouds, and stormy winds.
The rocks inspire me. No two are alike. They cling together in societies of their own, standing against the elements, against the sun and rain and sand. The desert, more than any place, causes me to contemplate.
Until next time...