Friday, March 26, 2010

Vanishing Landscapes...

Old Mojave Homestead - March 11, 2010
Click on photo to enlarge - © 2010 jim otterstrom

Peggy watches the sun set from a crumbling Mojave Desert homestead along the Palmdale Road near Victorville, California during one of our rare road trips.

The picturesque old stone houses and wide open vistas in this part of the Mojave are disappearing quickly now as huge shopping centers and sprawling residential subdivisions creep across the landscape, burying the living desert, and it's history, beneath an unsightly scourge of human excess.

However, even the profound ugliness of rapacious growth and the grotesque spectacle of modern commerce are only temporary aberrations along the timeless course of life's evolution.

The light of the sun warms us with optimism at each dawn, and provides the opportunity for thoughtful introspection at the end of every rare and precious day, when the fireball of our solar system rolls beyond the horizon, often spreading a blazing display of color across this most beautiful of planets.

Death & destruction are cyclical and constant, yet life is a self-renewing resource, and time is on its side...

...as long as billions of stars continue shining their warm magic into the far corners of the universe.

Brief moments out of the vastness of time and space are all I have to share with you, miniscule observations from a tiny speck of the cosmos, but what a wondrous little speck it is.

No wonder it's currently overpopulated with almost seven billion consumers...

...this too shall pass.

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12 Comments:

Blogger robin andrea said...

Beautiful, contemplative post. Love the photo of Peggy, also looking beautiful and contemplative in the setting sun.

11:36 AM  
Blogger roger said...

thank you jim. i had some desert time in my early years. maybe 8 to 12. i loved the solitude. your picture and words sent me back.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Madcap said...

The light is gorgeous. And Peggy too, of course.

5:18 AM  
Blogger anna maria said...

Beautiful post, somehow sad and optimistic at the same time. Glorious photo.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Wow . . . . you can surely spin words, Jim. What I want to know is did you walk to Victorville???

10:22 AM  
Blogger David said...

I am building a full sized green house ( 9x12 feet)to make beautiful flowers and yummy veggies. Please come see it some day soon

9:34 AM  
Blogger Tabor said...

I missed this photograph. NIce.

2:53 AM  
Anonymous Wan Salwa Wan Hassan said...

Hi!Jim, first time I visit your site. Nice photos...Good to be able to enjoy the sound of silence....Take care!!

5:23 AM  
Anonymous Wan Salwa Wan Hassan said...

Hi!Jim, first time I visit your site. Nice photos...Good to be able to enjoy the sound of silence....Take care!!

5:24 AM  
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