Desert Skies

The journey here was a twisting road, leading us always north, always expectant, more than once lost, or disappointed, looking for tiny clues swept clean by the hot desert winds that teased and preceeded us and left the landscape rolling and tidal and smelling of sunlit juniper and sage. We've been told [by those who know such things] that the high desert here will draw you in with a force like a magnet, and instigate your dreams - not the angel-sugared bedtime dreams of lullabies, but the tough stuff. The unconscious Self. The Shadow. And if you falter, if you brace yourself with old defenses and cling to the familiarity of ego, she spits you out. And sends you packing. It's not for everyone.

I took the sign of four ravens, perched high in a tall juniper near the casita in the rain, as a good omen. I've always been a friend to crows and crooked beaks. A rainbow over the mesa at dusk didn't hurt my feelings, either. There have been hummingbirds visiting daily. And this morning, as Steve wrote in silence by the window at daybreak, the golden hued coyote that trotted past hunting for rabbits made us both smile in gratitude. This is a dream come true all right. But as a wise soul once said, be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. In other words, be ready for it when it comes. Be awake. Be open. Shed the old. Embrace the different.

The desert is living, sacred ground with a heartstopping spirit of place. You sense life force in every direction. Presence. Vigilance. And dreaming. The desert conjures her own dreams, you soon realise; and you are only a grain in the palm of her sweeping change.

As we settle in and cook and read and walk and converse, the desert infuses us. The skies exhilarate us. The vivid moon and stars inspire us.

Next, I will post recipes, and photographs of my new kitchen, my painting studio, our kivas [we have two!]. Until then, I thought I'd share some slices of our view.

Thank you all for your messages these past weeks - I read every one - and it made me full and fat with gratitude.


Jennifer said...

How I've missed your words and pictures! I'm so looking forward to days of more regular posting. It sounds like the desert is well-suited to receive you creative spirits. Enjoy it.

KAnn said...

How spectacular! With all the desperately needed rain, the land should look even more beautiful...can't wait for more pics!

Catherine said...

Beautiful land, karina! Glad to have you back.

SusanV said...

It's so good to hear from you again!

Margaret said...

Beautiful! And makes me homesick. I recognize the landscape in these photos, and it's very close to where I grew up!

Dianne said...

Truly beautifull! Bearing in mind, I live thousands of miles from any desert, and would have to cross substantial expanses of sea to see one ... your pictures have changed my view of what a desert looks like entirely!

Sounds like this is the beginning of your journey

Wonderfull! :)

Vanessa said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiring words and photos.

Christan = ) said...

Good to see you have found your place!! It's gorgeous and can't wait to see more. Thanks for sharing.

karina said...

Hi Jennifer! I missed you, too!

KAnn~ We've gotten much more rain this summer - thank goodness! The colors in the desert are amazing.

Catherine~ Thank you - great to be back in touch!

Likewise, Susan!

Margaret~ How lucky to grow up here [we won't mention *exactly* where, though, will we? ;-)]... It took me many years to finally get here. And I feel as if I'm home.

Dianne! So nice to hear from you! You really are at the opposite end of the spectrum, aren't you?! ;-)

Vanessa! Thank you - so nice to hear from you, too.

Hi Christian~ Thank you - it's a pleasure.

BNA said...

Stunning views. I love the desert for all the reasons you so eloquently describe. Welcome back!

sher said...

I've missed you too! It's so nice to have you back with us. The pictures are simply wonderful.

karina said...

Thanks, bna and Sher!

It's been an adventure getting here; and settling in.

Every night the sky is different. The colors are amazing!


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