Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

Dead Trees…

Lee Udall Bennion, a Spring City, Utah artist is describing a recent hike:

"The first few miles after leaving the Golden Throne were much like the first, climbing up slick rock domes that were covered with pockets of sand and incredible, gigantic, cedar and pinion pine trees. These were by far the largest and most dramatic trees of their kind that I have ever seen. So lovely when alive and even more so when dead."

Stunning insight.


2 responses to “Dead Trees…

  1. Richard R. Powell May 30, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    This is a deeply wabi sabi quote. I have had the same experience. Here on the coast where I live it is the salt water that kills and then bleaches trees into beauty. It hurts to see their beauty enhanced by death, but they are enchanting like Naiads in the mist. Something that helps me come to terms with this paradoxical beauty is the fact that this is only one stage in a tree’s existence. Looked at this way I feel better about admiring them so…

  2. citrus June 1, 2006 at 6:47 am

    well said. The dead cactus in the desert along with other dead desert monuments, rocks included, have an incredible beauty of their own.

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