This is my sanity, these moments alone in the mountains. Moments of peace orchestrated by the sights and sounds of the natural world around me bring a quietness to my soul, no matter how temporary. One call, text, or email can change everything. Or, when I simply step away from this haven back into the reality of day to day life, a chaotic world filled with struggles is guaranteed to bring at some point another crisis.
I will hold the scene of a morning not yet shattered in my memory, rather than seek to capture it digitally. I may not recall exactly the way the sun looked rising above the mountain ridge, the dew sparkling on the grass, the exact turn of the deer’s head, or the graceful lines of her body, but I will hold to the moment left un-shattered.