Journey's End

Arla M. Ruggles

Cherry Creek-Ely_NV, United States

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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
(2010.MAY.06)
Parallel Dimensions
(2009?)



(8X10 Photographic Print)
(2011.AUG.10)

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