Travelling to North Rim

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Travelling with the storm perched over the canyon we head to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon both going there the storm moving faster along the rim while we drive over the plateau happy to be dry in these moments arriving at the campground everything is wet but the storm has passed the sky clears revealing the colors of layers of chiseled rock lit by the setting sun

Two years later I travel that same road there is no storm but snow is on the ground where the Cat Fire burned last summer we watched it burning from deep in the canyon hotshot fire fighters called in helicopters fly in and out delivering their load plumes of smoke rise over the Kaibab Forest we float safe on the water of the Colorado River and smell the air from 8,200 feet above now the snow covered ground hides the char of the Cat Fire black surrounds the base of these ponderosa pines others are burned completely pinyon junipers pine needles scrub brush 4500 acres burnt from a lightning strike

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Travelling to North Rim

Lake of Light

  

There on the lake at Fort Parker State Park, the day lingered on the surface. Sun disappeared on the horizon yet the light stayed. The water glowed for at least an hour as we walked the shore guided by its glow.

passing of daytime 

reflection bright as the night

on a cloudless sky 

 

Lake of Light

The Sun of Pont Aven

 

The sun of Pont Aven brightens the sailboat to a blue

deeper than the Van Gogh sky of Champs de ble

Blue sailboat moves along the river L’Aven

the light presses it on and on

like wind in sails its loft making shadow

that leans further into the movement of the day

 

Here in Port Manech can you see

 day ride on into its own demise

with acceptual strength

and boldness only to disappear into the sea

slowly into the blackest shadow

of night

The Sun of Pont Aven