Looking for the Garden

Flowers in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah (Lori Erickson photo)

For the garden is the only place there is, but

you will not find it

Until you have looked for it everywhere

and found it nowhere that is not a desert.

–W.H. Auden, “For the Time Being”

 

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  • Mississippi Pilgrim

    Though Mary Oliver is my favorite nature-poet, Wystan Hugh Auden’s poems also shine brightly:

    Looking up at the stars, I know quite well

    That, for all they care, I can go to hell,

    But on earth indifference is the least

    We have to dread from man or beast.

    How should we like it were stars to burn

    With a passion for us we could not return?

    If equal affection cannot be,

    Let the more loving one be me.

    Thank you Holy Rover, yet again. I’d bet you were also witness to a million stars while in the Canyon-lands.

  • Mississippi Pilgrim

    Though Mary Oliver is my favorite nature-poet, Wystan Hugh Auden’s poems also shine brightly:

    Looking up at the stars, I know quite well

    That, for all they care, I can go to hell,

    But on earth indifference is the least

    We have to dread from man or beast.

    How should we like it were stars to burn

    With a passion for us we could not return?

    If equal affection cannot be,

    Let the more loving one be me.

    Thank you Holy Rover, yet again. I’d bet you were also witness to a million stars while in the Canyon-lands.

  • Crisonhaler

    Your photograph is just extraordinary, Holy Rover! The tiny sunburst of the once-blooming daisy against the red glowing infinite wall. Perfect. You really have an eye.

    Indeed, I was so enchanted, I tried to find out the name of the flower. Do you think it is the Dune Sunflower, perhaps? In case other readers are intrigued, here’s a useful website: http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/FieldGuide/fieldguide.html

    If you click on the names, you’ll find the photograph and a description.

  • Crisonhaler

    Your photograph is just extraordinary, Holy Rover! The tiny sunburst of the once-blooming daisy against the red glowing infinite wall. Perfect. You really have an eye.

    Indeed, I was so enchanted, I tried to find out the name of the flower. Do you think it is the Dune Sunflower, perhaps? In case other readers are intrigued, here’s a useful website: http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/FieldGuide/fieldguide.html

    If you click on the names, you’ll find the photograph and a description.

  • Mississippi Pilgrim

    Chrisonhaler’s excellent observation with appropriate reference made me aware the W.H. Auden poem was not credited: “The More Loving One.” And, Darcy, I was unsuccessful in pulling up the image of Priests and Nuns in Canyonland, though certainly intrigued.

    It’s an education being a traveler with the Holy Rover; I rejoice in it!

  • Mississippi Pilgrim

    Chrisonhaler’s excellent observation with appropriate reference made me aware the W.H. Auden poem was not credited: “The More Loving One.” And, Darcy, I was unsuccessful in pulling up the image of Priests and Nuns in Canyonland, though certainly intrigued.

    It’s an education being a traveler with the Holy Rover; I rejoice in it!

  • Darcy

    Don’t you love flowers brave enough to bloom there? Beautiful photo! And I will try again with the Priest and the Nuns. Many of the rock formations have names, so befitting and some just silly but quite necessary for locating yourself, and orienting yourself in the BIG picture of it all.

  • Darcy

    Don’t you love flowers brave enough to bloom there? Beautiful photo! And I will try again with the Priest and the Nuns. Many of the rock formations have names, so befitting and some just silly but quite necessary for locating yourself, and orienting yourself in the BIG picture of it all.

  • Lori Erickson

    Thank you for the compliments! Crisonhaler, I believe it’s a desert sunflower. I think it’s related to the dune sunflower, but the leaves are different. But I could be wrong–if there are any botanists out there to correct me, please do so.

  • Lori Erickson

    Thank you for the compliments! Crisonhaler, I believe it’s a desert sunflower. I think it’s related to the dune sunflower, but the leaves are different. But I could be wrong–if there are any botanists out there to correct me, please do so.

  • Mississippi Pilgrim

    I have just finished reading Joan Didion’s powerful book of first losing her good friend Natasha Richardson (Vanessa Redgrave’s daughter) then her husband John Dunne and lastly, in excruciating detail, her 40-year-old-daughter, Quintana. She uses Auden poems more than once which is why he was ‘on-top’ for me the first time I read your blog at 2:a.m.

    Now, at 77, Didion is dealing with her own health and end-of-life issues. It’s a powerful book and not for the faint-of-heart or anyone who has lost a child.

  • Mississippi Pilgrim

    I have just finished reading Joan Didion’s powerful book of first losing her good friend Natasha Richardson (Vanessa Redgrave’s daughter) then her husband John Dunne and lastly, in excruciating detail, her 40-year-old-daughter, Quintana. She uses Auden poems more than once which is why he was ‘on-top’ for me the first time I read your blog at 2:a.m.

    Now, at 77, Didion is dealing with her own health and end-of-life issues. It’s a powerful book and not for the faint-of-heart or anyone who has lost a child.