Tag Archives: desert


Deliver me from my fears

11072010 362


Quiet Rest

11062010 179

Share Your World – 2015 Week #29

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Carlsbad Caverns National Park NM More appropriate is what didn’t I want to be. Even the jobs for guys that everyone told me “you can’t do that, you’re a girl”, I thank the Lord that times have changed. It’s the reason I’m not a drummer today.

Looking back at my type of play and it mostly focused on adventure and exploration. I remember an interview I did in my jr year. I was asked “what do you want to do”. My response was I wanted to write non fiction and work at the UN as a translator, speaking 7 languages.

So how have I done? I never worked at the UN but I did have a job where I had to translate Spanish. I never learned to speak 7 languages but I did learn to read

  1. English (of course)
  2. Spanish (and speak)
  3. French
  4. Portuguese
  5. Italian
  6. Romanian (a little)
  7. Greek (started studying again last year)

I started learning Hebrew and Hieroglyphics but got distracted by graduate school. Since grad school I didn’t keep up with most of the languages and what you don’t use you lose. I kept up with Spanish and I’m re-learning Greek but I probably wont relearn the others. So again, I’ve somewhat done what I said.

As for the writing, while I’ve started a couple of books, even have 2 finished, I’ve not had any published. Writing for my blogs contributes to that dream. And I do intend on publishing but first I just need to find time to breathe.

Now to the adventure and exploration I’d say I’ve accomplished this one. My whole life has been and adventure. Every chance I got until Kai we’d go on a road trip or hiking. My “Jubilee Journey” was all about adventure – an adventure of a lifetime.

(photo taken at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico)

What was your favorite food as a child? Do you eat it now? 

I have no idea, I can remember better what I didn’t like and where I’d hide it after my parents left the room. I do remember a funny food story. When I was 4 we went to an Italian restaurant. My dad got a pizza and mom and I spaghetti. I wanted nothing to do with the pizza until it came to the table. Needless to say, my dad didn’t have dinner because I ate his whole pizza. I don’t remember eating much if it after that until high school but since high school it’s been my favorite food.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I don’t know, not really a nibby nose. I learned a long time ago, ignorance is bliss.

Would you rather forget everyone else’s name all the time or have have everyone for your name all the time?

doesn’t matter I already forget everyone’s name, I’m better with faces. And people can’t seem to get my name right.

“What’s your name”

“Ana (ah-nah)”

“oh, Anna (aan-nah)”

“no, Ana”

“Oh, you mean Anna”

“Oh, forget it, call me whatever you want”

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?


Atlanta, GA

I’m so grateful that we actually made it to Indiana. Left Thursday at 10:00pm,
broke down at 3:00am with cracked radiator. Praise Jesus, we actually found a mechanic who was willing to fix it fast and reasonable (yes, I looked up the cost). A half hour later a tire blew. AAA was fast to change it but Wal-Mart didn’t have our tire so an hour drive to another Wal-Mart and three hours later we were back on the road, for another hour. No one could stay awake so we got a hotel. 48 hours later we finally made it. I was so glad to be out of that tiny car. I don’t know what my girls were thinking. “It’s only 16 hour plus stops we can drive straight thru”, Ah, no. We ARE staying in a motel on the return trip, too much for a 55-year-old and a 3-year-old. I just don’t have that need to rush anymore.

So what am I looking forward too: I’m back on the road doing field work. I have missed traveling for work, but I wouldn’t give up working from home. And I look forward to taking some photos.



Rejoice in Hope

CA_westgard pass1

Day 508 – 11.20.10 Big Ben National Park, Texas

All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child. – Marie Curie

Day 505 – 11.17.10 Carlsbad National Park, New Mexico

When I was very young, about four or five, my uncle would tell me all about the national parks. He gave me a viewfinder with many disks of different national parks and other natural places. Carlsbad was one of our favorites, second to Crater Lake (visited there in 2005). It was exciting to visit this park and to remember him.

Day 502 – 11.14.10 Saguaro National Park

I didn’t know much about this little park until I was teaching about the national parks. I didn’t get here on my last trip west. Just too much out of the way. I’m grateful to be able to visit this time

Day 501 – 11.13.10 Weekend in Arizona

Catalina State Park, Coronado National Forest &Tombstone

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. – Galileo

Day 500 – 11.12.10 White Sands National Monument

I do live my sci-fi. Yes, a sci-fi movie was filmed here. Know which one? Independence Day. Besides my love of science fiction my reasons for visiting White Sands go a little deeper. I’ve had a rough week and I’m ready to relax. Can’t think of any place more relaxing than the desert; warmth, beauty, peace & solitude are just what I needed. There’s still a kid at heart here, playing in the sand, sand sledding and making sand angels are so much more fun than in the snow.

Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place.          Luke 4:42 (NKJV)

Day 499 – 11.11.10 VLA, Plains of San Agustin & Cibola National Forest

When I arrived at Socorro, New Mexico I saw an ad for VLA (Very Large Array) and when I realized what I was looking at I became excited. This was the location where the movie Contact took place. I do love that movie.


Day 497 – 11.9.10 Great Sand Dunes National Park & San Juan National Forest

I’m impressed, no overcome, by the enormous size of these sand dunes. Not the beautiful tan or white I’m used to, a daunting grey, but yet this park is a stunning beauty.

Day 495 – 11.7.10 Canyon de Chelly National Monument, The Four Corners & Shiprock

Canyon de Chelly was definitely worth the trip. Beautiful canyons, friendly people, cliff dwellings, desert beauty, warmth, peace and solitude; God had just the right prescription for a miserable week.

And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” Mark 6:31 (NKJV)

Day 89; 9.27.09 Grand Teton National Park

The first time I visited this park my daughters and I were driving south from Yellowstone. I was in the passenger seat looking out the window, jaw dropped, breathing rapidly. I had never seen such a site. The mountains appear shoot out of the ground effortlessly. It was amazing. I’m from the east coast where 4000 feet is considered a good size mountain. We were already at 8000 feet and these peaks shot up another 7000. This was a spiritual experience, the force it took to create these massive peaks can only compare with the power of God. I decided then to change my geographic focus from cultural to geomorphology. Everywhere you look, this earth is filled with his glory.

I had to come back. No the experience wasn’t the same, the wild fires put a damper in my enthusiasm but I realized it was just as amazing and a new experience. It didn’t have to be the same. This time Jesus was with me.


How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! – John Muir

Day 87; 9.25.09 Sacred Wilderness

I am beginning to realize that time in the desert with Jesus is a time of refreshing and renewal. Deserts, the wilderness, are often thought of as a place you don’t want to be, that it is a place of hard times. But in fact, it is glorious. Soothing warmth and deadly quiet are conduits to the almighty. The bible speaks of the challenges Jesus faced in the desert but what most fail to understand from the verse is that he was there with the Father. There is nothing more restful than the desert when you are there with the Father.

Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming & Caribou National Forest, Idaho

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Day 84; 9.22.09 Weekend in Utah

Sego Canyon. I took this little detour to see the pictographs left by ancient cultures and found a quiet desert landscape that captivates the soul with a sense of peace. It draws you in and the warmth makes you want to stay…but there is more desert to see. On to Arches.

Arches National Park. This place is amazing, but be warned, if you take a trail that will keep you hiking for more than 15 minutes…don’t forget the water. I missed hiking to Delicate Arch from heat exhaustion from lack of water on an extended hike.

Canyonlands National Park. Unfortunately I arrived late in the day so I was only able to spend a couple of hours. There’s a few trails I would have liked to take, perhaps there will be a next time.


“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”           – George Washington Carver

Day 83: Sept 21. “God must be a geographer”

Got up at the crack of dawn, I wanted to spend the whole day at the parks, Arches and Canyonlands. I ran into a local man at the rest stop I stayed at and he told me of another cool place to go, the Sego Canyon pictographs at Thompson Springs. The eerie loneliness is a comfort to the soul; alone but not really alone. The memories of those who came before haunt the canyon in the form of ancient pictographs.

Arches National Park, Utah

Arches National Park was certainly a treat, what beauty unveiled. I must come back. Delicate and ancient landscapes gently carved by water and wind. It’s hard to imagine this desert place was under water at. I hiked all day, in and out of the car to the next trail. But when it came to the Devil’s Garden Trail I was completely unprepared. I only intended to hike to the Landscape Arch, not the whole 4+ miles. The route was hillier than the previous trails, not to mention is was mid-day in the desert and I didn’t think I’d be gone long enough to need water. Boy was I wrong. By the time I got back I was dehydrated and beyond exhaustion. I was saving myself for the hike to Delicate Arch, the one I had longed to see, but I couldn’t make the hike and had to settle for a distant view. I will come back and complete the hikes I missed and get the close-up of Delicate Arch.

Well, its late afternoon and I need to go to Canyonlands National Park before sunset. I’m only 30 miles away and would regret not going. So exhausted I begin the drive through the park marveling at the wondrous sculpted landscape which was also carved by water but vastly different than Arches. No hiking this time. I could barely get out of the van to photograph the landscape. As the sun set my body was slowly setting too. I found a truck stop and crashed at about 8:30 – PM not AM if you can believe that of this night owl.

“…our geography exists only in the instant in which we descend upon it, on our two feet.” Cees Nooteboom, Nomads hotel

All the earth belongs to the Lord; go climb Mount God… Psalm 24:1-3, paraphrased from The Message