Alpine Ensemble at 8600 feet, South Wallowas . . .
On the road in the American Northwest.

The Balance of Peak & Valley

When I get lost in a thick dark forest of a maze
of unrelated details, I venture up to the overview
offered by a butte or mountain ridge.

Or when I find myself once again swept away in a
wash of empty generalities, I know it is time to give
myself to the fertile valley floor and get on all fours to
study each and every individual blade of grass.

I've noticed too—even though I seem to forget it everyday
—that the balance I seek lives, like the daily in- and
out-breathing of up- and downslope valley winds, in
the easy, regular back and forth between the two.

What could be more beautiful than that?

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Photograph by Cliff Crego © 2008
(created: IV.27.2008)