Beauty in the Desert
Last Thursday Tim and I hopped onto a plane for a couple of short flights to Spokane, Washington. We thought it was hot on our island, however, the 103 degree (39 Celsius) heat slammed like a wall when we arrived.
Early morning is the best time for a walk. Our friends live on the edge of a natural park. It's a spare landscape at first sight - dry scrub, pine trees, brown foliage with little color.
It was an amazing weekend. The event was a reunion of people who had worked in the little jungle town of Shell Mera during the 50s through the present. Pilots, doctors, teachers, maintenance technicians, nurses, administrators came from all over the USA and Canada. Five people traveled from Australia and one from Ecuador. 80 of us all together. It was a little taste of heaven visiting with friends I never thought I'd see on earth again.
As we shared stories, laughter and a few tears, I was reminded again that beauty is everywhere. From the dry desert comes delicate structures like those above and in the dry times of life comes character and grace.
Linking with Mosaic Monday, hosted by Judith of Lavender Cottage Gardening.