The dark, cold, windy days of November and December are hard to love. I crave the light, and these days that keep getting shorter and shorter are a true test of my resolve to live in the moment. I count the days until the winter solstice, when – hallelujah! – the light will start its blessed return to the northern hemisphere. Instead of “being here now” I retreat in my mind to a rock ledge in a red rock canyon, listening to the flute-like cascading song of a canyon wren while I sip my morning coffee and plan the day’s excursion. Instead of gray and brown and white, I’m surrounded by red and green and blue, and the rising sun is warm on my face. My desert retreats are real places, too…places I’m planning to return to, just as soon as I can:
OR… I’m sipping an evening bourbon high in a mountain meadow on a warm summer evening…just sitting, and watching.
Sigh. No, not sigh. It’s all good, and this little exercise has helped. Now I’ll go enjoy the day.
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There’s just something special about red rock – thanks for reminding me.
There sure is…I really need to get there every few months – it’s hard when life gets in the way and I can’t!
Beautiful! What amazing places!
They are, aren’t they? Thanks for the visit.
very nice places there, beautiful scenery.
Thank you – glad I could share them.
I’m with you, can’t wait for the days to start getting longer!
And they will, won’t they? 18 more days!
Yep, I agree. Memories are great and keep me going through the long winter. Great photos.
Thanks. Reading about your hikes helps, too!
Oh man, I now have a desperate need to go out in the wild and camp. Log fires, roasted marshmallows… damnit! Must do it!
Go for it!
Oh, wow, I just noticed you got Freshly Pressed! Congratulations! Very well deserved. I love this post, and the sentiment, and all the lovely photos. I’m ready to leave when you are . . . (Though I have to admit, down here in Texas, when it’s 81 degrees in December, I actually long for days that dark, cold, and gloomy.)
Wish I could send you a day like today, then – windy, gray, and just not very nice. But I know what you mean; I just need to do a better job of embracing the changing season. Wasn’t too good at the embracing thing today, though. (The Freshly Pressed thing actually happened ages ago – last February, maybe? – but I just figured out that you could put that little logo on the sidebar. Little slow on the uptake. But thanks for the congrats!)
We’ve been keeping hope for the Solstice, too! Only a matter of weeks left until the days start getting longer again and we can look forward to another year in the sun.
16 days now! Of course, I’m always a little disappointed that we don’t jump immediately from the winter to the summer solstice 🙂
I can’t wait for the solstice. Love the red rocks and that shot of the Crazy Mountains.
Thanks. It doesn’t seem so bad today since it snowed yesterday and the sun is out now.
Coyote gulch is one of my favorite places on earth. It pulls at my heart to see pictures of it. It’s been years since I was on that side of Lake Powell…must return soon. 🙂 the solstice coming, from one light lover to another…it is the promise of the seasons.
Yes – the promise of the seasons. Nicely put.