Light or dark.
Brown or black.
High or low.
So many opposites, all thrown together in one massive stretch of earth.
She stopped for a breath, straightening up, hand on her hip. She stretched out her lower back, then reached her arms high abover her head. Miles and miles of walking, to her favorite little mountain, tucked away from any other visitors to the area. And still the summer sun climbed higher into the sky.
It was a weekend thing she did, when she had the time. She loved escaping into the mountains for a while… to explore, climb, wander, adventure. To sit and listen to the wind blow across the vast dry expanse.
It was beautiful, she’d decided a few months ago, and she’d slipped away to her secret escape several times now. She never did bring anyone along, although she’d considered it several times. It just wouldn’t be the same, she knew. If people came, she would have to fill the air with words, and she didn’t want to ruin the silence. She just wanted to listen.
It was good to get away and listen. It really was an escape: a contrast of the beautiful silent expanse of nature against the loud confines of daily work.
She would keep coming back, exploring the labyrinth of rocks, weekend after weekend, until her life became quiet enough so that she no longer had to retreat.
She knew she would be coming back to this place for a very long time.
In other news, yay for blogging short stories for a whole week now! I’m proud of me. If I make it a whole month, I should reward myself. We’ll see how it goes.
Source: This blog series is inspired by the book “Earth from Above: 365 Days” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Click here to read more about my Creation365 series.
The top picture is from “Australia. Kimberley, Halls Creek County. Bungle Bungle National Park.”
Arthus-Bertrand, Yann, Isabelle Delannoy, and Christian Balmes. 2005. The Earth from above: 365 days. New York: Harry N. Abrams.