The Challenge: “If you had 24 hours to live …” – in black-and-white

For me, the answer was easy!:

I would follow my heart to Telegraph Mountain, to explore again the familiar crags and peaks, and rugged canyons running down to the high desert.

I would climb to the top and look out once more across the vast expanse of the mountain itself — then further – across Butte Valley, the Butte Mountains, all the way to the Rubies to the west, and the Egan and Cherry Creek Ranges to the northeast. I would climb higher still – to see Steptoe Valley and the Schell Creek Mountains that disappear into the southeastern horizon.

I would talk to the deer and the elk, and the wild horses that roam the foothills. (May I not live to see the day of no mustangs on this land!)

I would drink from pristene springs, and sing along with the perpetual song of the creeks, rushing to find the desert.

If my last hours should happen to be in Fall, I would pick wild berries and pinon nuts. I would eat my fill beneath the quakies without care for tomorrow’s consequences.

Up there, I can see the whole wild world, much as it looked a century ago. Up there in the Wilderness, the cares of Humanity are far away. All is peace.

Let my last act be a shutter-click lightning-strike: a crack through which my spirit may slip from this world to the next. Let my last word be “Freedom!

Spirit of the Native American
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Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • Bob Wall
    Bob Wallalmost 5 years ago

    Very cool Arla. Sounds like a helluva way to go.

  • Thanks, Bob … If we could only choose! ;)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Charlene Aycock IPA
    Charlene Aycoc...almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful b and w

  • Thank you, Charlene.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Appel
    Appelalmost 5 years ago

    Very beautiful!!! A fav!

  • Thank you S000 much, Ann! Greatly appreciated.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Jan Landers
    Jan Landersalmost 5 years ago

    arla….this is so beautiful and heartfelt….i felt like i was going with you, seeing all that beauty…..i love hearing how you would spend your last day….gives me something to think about… :-)

  • Thanks for reading, Jan. I suspect you would appreciate this country almost as much as I do.

    Let’s just hope I don’t get that call in Winter, when the road is impassable. :D

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Enivea
    Eniveaalmost 5 years ago

    Very moving Arla, and I couldn’t agree more:-))

  • Thank you, Enivea!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 5 years ago

    wow such a striking image,welldone,dawnx

  • Thanks very much, Dawn!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenalmost 5 years ago

    I will walk with you, Arla. What a way to spend your last 24 hours in “our” state………NEVADA…Lynn

  • Ah! Very sweet of you, Lynn … I think this would be a solitary journey. How about, let’s not wait for the death knell … come out next summer and we’ll go up there. … And BACK! :D

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • James Lewis Hamilton
    James Lewis Ha...almost 5 years ago

    Thank YOU… and the journey continues… without beginning and without end… what a series of NOW moments I’ve had with you today.

    ROUBLE RUSTover 4 years ago

    Congratulations you’ve been featured in Parallel Dimensions group xx

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 4 years ago

  • Thank you SOOoo MUCH, Dawn!!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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