Sunday, March 04, 2018

2019 Beautiful Landscapes Calendar for National Geographic

Several years ago, I wrote a story about hiking in the Narrows of Zion. On this particular trip I was fortunate enough to have this oft touristy laden hike all to myself in the wee morning hours of a warm May morning.  It was a profound experience to be in such a place of intense beauty, the soft canyon bounce light, the sounds of the Virgin River rambling under my feet and echos of the canyon wrens to keep company.  

I'd stop and look behind me occasionally, just to see where I'd been and in an instant, I'd had a sort of flashback. I'd remembered seeing images of this place long ago in the pages of National Geographic Magazine, as a kid. I remember stopping at that moment because the emotional impact of realizing my life had come full circle in the most beautiful way,  stopped me in my tracks as tears ran down my cheeks. It was an emotional release and experience I'll never forget. The past, the present and the future fused together in synchronicity and clarity. 

Seems to me, many of my life epiphanies have come about in the lone remote experiences of exploring the landscapes. I'd never before realized that I was in fact living the life I'd only dreamed about as a child in those times where fantasy and escapism beckoned like a light in the darkness.
A sad but beautiful realization at that.  

This year marks another milestone in this continuing story. That child who delved so eagerly into the pages of National Geographic to explore a world full of hope and adventure would one day pick up a camera to continue that journey.  

In 2018 National Geographic 
would publish one of those moments of adventure in their 2019 calendars. 
The rest is yet unwritten.