Photo: A beautiful image from my wanderings in the Southwest. It might seem odd that I chose this pic for Emerson’s quote. After all, this horizon seems confined once your eyes meet the mountains. But actually, the horizon goes on. You know there is more behind the mountains, and the clouds add that depth as they gracefully stretch into the infinite.
There are many illusions and distortions in our lives. Those mountains in the foreground look close, but they are really quite distant. You discover this as you hike towards them as they seem to forever retreat from your advance. And once you reach this apparent obstruction, this natural barricade, you can see that the desert plane boundlessly unfolds in every direction. You can get lost out here. Lost physically and mentally as the vastness unbinds you and swallows up your soul.