The Spirit Of The Sandstone


Altl Rock

I experienced my first cloudy day at Valley of Fire a few days ago. It was like all the colors got so much more intense.


It invited us to explore, and inspired my daughter to feel the sand, and the rocks with her hands, and bare feet. The intensity of the colors were almost painful at times, but in a beautiful way.



Nothing grows among its pinnacles; there is no shade except under great toadstools of sandstone whose bases have been eaten to the shape of wine glasses by the wind. Everything is flaking, cracking, disintegrating, wearing away in the long, inperceptible weather of time. The ash of ancient volcanic outbursts still sterilizes its soil, and its colors in that waste are the colors that flame in the lonely sunsets on dead planets.
– Loren Eiseley
What kind of emotions does these formations evoke in you?
I feel that it’s difficult to not let my inner self wander away. It’s an almost overwhelming experience when nature steps out and touches one’s soul, with all its glory. Like I’m present, and far away at the same time.
The experience made my daughter ask a lot of questions about the native Americans that lived here a long time ago. We talked about the likelihood that they seeked shelter in the many thousand caves in the area, where they found water, and what their diet most likely consisted of. I love that kind of conversations!
Close-up of a sandstone formation, in the Seven Sisters Area, Valley of Fire State Park (NV.)
I made a monochrome edit on one of the close-ups of a sandstone. I really like this edit, as I feel that it draws me in. I can’t help but think of Edward Abbey, have you read anything of him? If not, I can highly recommend it!

In the first place you can’t see anything from a car; you’ve got to get out of the goddamned contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thornbush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail you’ll begin to see something, maybe. Probably not.

– Edward Abbey

All these photos are up in my gallery, each image may be purchased as a canvas print, framed print, metal print, and more! Every purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour, to the deep inside of a fraction of the Mojave Desert. Last but not least, I wanted to thank all of you that liked my new Facebook page. It just passed 500 likes yesterday. Thank you!
Love, and Light,
Ms Zen

12 Comments on “The Spirit Of The Sandstone

  1. My sentiments exactly, about Valley of Fire! Your conversations with your daughter about the place are exactly what ought to happen, in such an astonishing place.

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  2. Such beauty in this world and to get out and feel it and experience in person is nature’s gift to us. Thank you for sharing your experiences, they are calming and relaxing! ❤️😘🥰

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