Monday * October 18th 2021

Fire on the Mountain…

Fire on the Mountain

The “Fire on the Mountain” that I’m familiar with is a fiction book based on a true story by Edward Abbey.

Abbey based his plot around actual events in which a New Mexico rancher named John Prather who fought government attempts to confiscate his land to make it part of the White Sands Missle Range. Considering the time when this book was written, following the era of McCarthyism and the onset of the Cold War, Abbey was especially bold in putting forth the philosophical preposition that an individual has a moral and ethical responsibilty to protect the land against its despoilers, whether corporate entities or even the US government.

Check it out sometime – it’s an excellent read.

The onset on autumn has been a busy time for me. I just printed, spray mounted, and matted twenty photos to enter in the Southern New Mexico State Fair. The cost incurred was much more than I would ever recoup if I even won, but it’s a great learning experience to “take your photo” all the way through the process. I’m also working on submitting a few photos to the annual New Mexico Magazine Photo Contest.

Saturday evening, I attended a gallery opening of an El Paso Photo group entitled “Megapixels.” As I stepped from my car to go the the little coffee shop where the exhibit was, “Fire on the Mountain” is what I saw. A few minutes earlier I was driving over Transmountain Road, (a faster shortcut to get to the other side of town) and stopped and photographed the twilight sun over the city. I wanted to stay longer and get the sunset, but I had somewhere to be. 😉 Sometimes, I get so wrapped up in my job and personal “trauma” that I forget how beautiful life is – if only we have “eyes to see.”

The current tragedy is that my teenage nephew in Indianapolis was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. I’m not going to lie, my youngest brother and I are like “oil and water.” We disagree on many issues, and just don’t see “eye to eye.” However, I’m so sad that he as a father has to see his son go through this trauma.  Still, he’s my brother and in our own private ways, I know we care about each other. Please say a prayer or send positive thoughts for my nephew J. I think he’s going to need them for the battle he’s facing ahead.

6 Comments »Journal, Pondering Life, Spirituality

6 Replies to Desert Diva to “Fire on the Mountain…”

  1. Lisa UNITED STATES says:

    Many prayers and positive thoughts coming the way of your nephew. I can’t begin to imagine how hard it must be on your brother.

  2. Luz UNITED STATES says:

    Your photo of Fire in the Mountain is an amazing capture. I’ve always felt your photos were the cream of the crop in the sea of photogs on Flickr. Sad news about your nephew and may he and your brother/his father as well as the rest of the family find the grace of courage in the upcoming months to battle through his illness.

  3. Michael UNITED STATES says:

    That is a truly stunning photo!

    I can imagine what your brother is going through after my experiences with my own son. It’s never pleasant when your child is experiencing medical or health problems. The feeling of helplessness is tough to battle.

  4. Sandi UNITED STATES says:

    Ed’s son was also diagnosed with lymphoma as a teenager (he is fine now) so I know how difficult and frightening that is. My thought are with your family.

    As for your photos, it’s very exciting that you’re entering them and I hope you remember all of us little people when you’re rich and famous!

  5. julie says:

    I am sorry to know what happened to your nephew and I sincerely hope and pray that he will be all right.

    I will try to find that book Fire on the Mountain.

    I hope your photographs will win because you are such a talented photographer 🙂

  6. kristyk UNITED STATES says:

    I didn’t enter any photos this year… the deadline snuck up on me. I will definitely keep an eye out for your photos though!