Deserted Valley

"The Hovenweep I had begun to know held its grip on me as I imagined time in solitary confinement might; nothing to break the silence except me. I could scream at the top of my lungs and no one would hear. I could lie in the middle of the trail looking up and lose myself into the blue. I could sing my favorite tunes as badly and loudly as I wanted, without fear of anyone but the coyotes judging me. Sometimes I just sat, looking around, listening to nothing. It was the biggest sound I had ever heard. All that nothing, with nothing but me to fill it. I usually didn’t even try." I have so much gratitude for the editors at SugarSugarSalt , who recently republished my creative nonfiction essay, "Deserted Valley." Pilgrimage Magazine originally published the essay in 2013 in print, and at the time I was over the moon because it was my first publication. It was the first time I really thought I might actually do this writing thing! I'm equally excited now, because t

Nature on Instagram


Several years ago I regularly took my camera for a stroll through my backyard in search of nature to enjoy. I posted those strolls here, under the Backyard Artist Date label. Even just fifteen minutes out of the house, looking at leaves or spiders or the fish in the pond gave me a renewed energy for my daily work. And the act of photographing what I saw felt precious, like capturing a fleeting moment of life. I also shared a lot of those photos in the many Haiku I wrote. 

Back then, Instagram was in its early years, and I was entrenched in Facebook and not interested in starting a new social media platform. This spring, thoroughly bored of FB, I started an IG account and began posting. I'm amazed to discover how fun it is! And how much it's like my Backyard Artist Dates! Taking pictures of nature, flowers, trees, water, is something I deeply enjoy, and now I have the perfect place to put them. I'm not looking to break any followers records or find influencers. Rather, I think Insta for me will be a place to collect nature photos and see what amazing photos others are taking of our beautiful planet. There are some remarkable photographers out there!


If you've got photos to share, hop over to Instagram and find me, I'd love to take a look!




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