In the dimming light he smiles with memories of their steep march up to this perfect perch to share with friends while the sandstone burned red about them. This quote is from the poem Last Light by Doug Scrima
Terry Tempest Williams, in The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks shared that her spiritual life is found inside the heart of the wild. Those words resonate with me. I have those feelings when I am on the trail. Those are times that I feel most free as an individual and inspired as an artist. I feel a real sense of joy unburdened by the pressures that seem to hold us back in our day to day routines. Certainly there are physical challenges, but I find that those challenges are what give meaning to the experience and sense of personal discovery.
As a photographer and poet, trail experiences are the powerful influences that serve to cultivate and sharpen my artistic skills. Each photograph is an attempt to capture in time, and as purely as possible, an image that reflects the beauty that is revealed in that particular moment. The words I write are much deeper reflections of personal evolution.
Like most dances
Ours is one of risk and hope
We glide together across landscapes
Filled with visions of exciting new adventures
And promises of tempting discoveries
My feet move too cautiously toward a distant horizon
As she forces me to confront risk as an affirmation of life
While confronting head on the danger and pain
That gives my life meaningful shape and hope
She soars over me
She's always been the best in me
And while she reveals only as much as her spirit moves her
I continue to struggle
To match her elegant moves
and all that she may ultimately reveal
Doug Scrima (webpage -- www.bootprintphotography.com)
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