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Last night, I had the sort of evening I find perfect: looking out my window, watching the white clouds in a blue sky gradually change to pale yellow then deeper yellow fading to pink and rose and purple as the sky grew darker and darker and planes flying out of Tampa became just spots of light against the sky--all the while listening to Sibelius' Second Symphony with its winds blowing and howling across the mountains and valleys and its telling of the peaks and valleys of our lives, ending in triumph where, as Faulkner put it, we shall not only survive but prevail. Grace filled evening!!
Meanwhile, since I've decided not to work in the field for a month, I've been reviewing my years of images and came across some of those from the Southwest US and its deserts with their own beauty and dangers. Here's one from McDonald's ranch near Phoenix in the Sonoran desert: