Ranger Kathryn's Arches

May 6, 2014

A moment’s beauty

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 8:42 am
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Spring rainstorm, Candlestick Tower

Spring rains, Candlestick Tower

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”     – John Muir


  1. Nice to have your blog back. Came to Canyonlands last October, but a day you had off. Other rangers were very helpful in finding a particular trail for me.

    Comment by photog — May 6, 2014 @ 9:40 am | Reply

    • Sorry I missed you! My colleagues are wonderful and I’m glad they directed you well — maybe we’ll connect next time you’re through these parts. Keep clicking that shutter.

      Comment by Kathryn Colestock-Burke — May 9, 2014 @ 3:07 pm | Reply

  2. Many thanks for your blog, Kathryn. I really enjoy your reflections and your photographs. The John Muir quote you ran with this image reminded me of a story. A few years ago, I was lucky to hear Mary Oliver read her poetry at Wellesley College. After the reading, someone in the audience asked her, “What is the purpose of beauty?” She said, “We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it.” A wonderful answer, it seems to me!

    Comment by Parker J. Palmer — May 7, 2014 @ 6:02 am | Reply

  3. It appears lonely and desolate—but beautiful. Maybe a place to collect one’s thoughts and get away from the mass of humanity for a time.

    Comment by Davis Middlemas — May 9, 2014 @ 11:26 am | Reply

    • After having just returned from five hours in the backcountry, I couldn’t agree more. Refuel, refresh, restore my energy reserves for more rangering. If it weren’t for solitude, I’d be sunk.

      Comment by Kathryn Colestock-Burke — May 9, 2014 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

  4. Now listen to Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite.

    Comment by John toso — May 10, 2014 @ 11:42 am | Reply

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