Despite (Across VI)

This last in the series of Across posts returns to the Hole-in-the-Wall Rings Trail in the Mojave National Preserve. Today we try a different format:

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This is the reason for the name of the trail. There are holes everywhere.

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There are also gaps. So this could be a post about negative space.

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Instead, this post has a desert-worthy theme: It’s about what is there despite the presence of everything else. We could also call it resistance.

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Besides all the holes and cracks, there is the vegetation, that somehow manages to survive, even after a long and hot summer.DSC 1756

Sometimes it helps to hide, sometimes to be invulnerable. We humans can learn. 

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Sometimes it also helps to pretend to be someone else. Or, could it be sufficient to be just oneself?

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Nothing to Take (Across I)

Let’s enter here:

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The space we are entering is the Hole-in-the-Wall Rings Trail in the Mojave National Preserve. As a loop trail, it suggests that we are surrounding something by walking this trail. The opposite is the case, the landscape of narrow canyons seems to surround us.

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The walls of this enclosure contains molds — for whom?

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We need to be here early in the morning to experience the near total silence. This silence is paradoxical, too: It is not the absence of sound that asks to be filled with sound, it is the sort of silence that invites us to be quiet, too.

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The holes and cracks are signs of what we need most, protection and growth.

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The Mojave is the driest desert in North America. There is nothing here for us to take but beauty. 

It’s time to leave, for now:

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