Nature Always Wins

“Nature always wins,” she said.

“I wrote that in my journal yesterday,” I said. “Those exact words.”

This is a place worth getting involved with. There is meaning to life here. Good, bad, beautiful, ugly, all of it. The weather has meaning as well. Water means a tremendous amount, even if the rest of the country doesn’t seem to notice the lack of life’s fluid in the Southwest

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June is known for hot and windy not hail and gully-washing downpours, but here it was, for the taking. A thirteen-hour drive complete, fatigue overwhelming me, my soul and every trace of my DNA. And then came this, like a freight train of ice and wind. I had to record it. Had to.

In the grand scheme this was a kiss from a baby. Down south they got baseball size gifts wrapped in seventy mile per hour wind. Nature here likes to remind, and it’s comforting to know your place in the world. Concrete has yet to consume here, and I hope it never does. This place is still wild and we are just visitors.

6 Responses to “Nature Always Wins”

  1. Kevin Keefer says:

    Dan,
    I really enjoyed the sound experience coupled with a single image. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
    Kevin

  2. Mike says:

    From this and previous posts it is obvious that you have a great affection for New Mexico and it is contagious; I want to go there too! I think the allure is more than just the beauty of such places; it’s also the absence of the hand of Man: no stop / no entry / walk / don’t walk/ etc. And no concrete.
    Audio sounds great. Sound can evoke memory.

    Mike.

    • Smogranch says:

      Mike,
      There is simply something about this place. Some love it, others not so much and a rest tip their hat and say “It’s different.” I’ve tried to convince myself a number of times that I don’t belong here, but the minute my wheels break the state line I know I do. I’m loving the audio. Not sure how many people here at the ranch do but I’m glad you are enjoying it.

  3. “Nature always wins.” Truth. We can control a great many things; nature is not one of them. I’m reminded of a visit to New Jersey a while back. I looked across the Hudson at Manhattan and remember thinking to myself how humans build things in locations that suggest almost arrogant defiance of nature. Not long after, Sandy came smashing through and made a huge mess. We try to have a healthy respect for the weather in my part of Texas. The earth has been parched with drought for the past few years. This spring has brought some relief – a blessing and a curse. The edge of the thunderstorms we get this time of year can cut like a knife. While some moisture would be nice, I’m thankful the round of storms last week missed my home. Baseball sized hail and hurricane force winds hit parts west of Austin. Some of my friends had trees tossed on their homes and cars. Nature can be a nurturing mother or an angry brute.

    • Smogranch says:

      Michael,
      I’ve got family there as well. Nature takes what it wants. We are spectators. Saw a VW out here with some impressive hail damage.

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