Ranger Kathryn's Arches

October 10, 2010

Startle the senses

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Tell me how a yellow and turquoise Collared Lizard is camouflaged on red rock.


If you were to choose one thing to “startle the senses and surprise the mind out of their ruts of habit, to compel us into a reawakened awareness of… that which is full of wonder” — I’m curious what you’d select. Dissonant music? Eye-grabbing contemporary art? Skydiving?

Edward Abbey, the 1950s park ranger at Arches National Park who wrote Desert Solitaire, said that it is nature that does these things. I concur. Particularly effective are natural phenomena that are just outside the bounds of the expected. Look at the examples I give, and then tell me what moves YOUR mind out of its rut. What re-awakens you to the wonderful?


Two gigantic eye sockets in a huge cliff face. How?!?



This cracked spindly leg is holding up all of Corona Arch?!?



Clouds aren't normally lit from the inside like this.


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