Beauty, pleasure, and the good things of life are intensified, and perhaps only exist, by reason of contrast. –Walter J. Phillips
The Baja California Sur landscape is one of interesting contrasts. Here’s an example: Can you find the island in the above photo?
Although you can’t see the water beyond the cactus forest, the mountains in the photo form a rugged island in the Sea of Cortez.
When viewing that terrain from certain areas of the desert, I can almost forget the water is there. It seems that the desert stretches on and on, but the water is there, and it’s gorgeous:
I shot the following photo in the opposite direction, towards the southwest, and these mountains represent the northern end of the Sierra la Laguna. Some have called that range an “island in the sky” because it rises so steeply from the surrounding desert. In another age, it literally did constitute an island surrounded by sea.
In their highest elevations, these craggy mountains form a cloud forest during moist summers, and the 7000’+ peaks are covered in mist. On the slopes and high meadows of the Sierra grow oak and pine forests, and the range has been named a Biosphere Reserve.
Looking at the mountains from the desert and over the tops of thousands of cardons, I cannot picture the wet oases which lie in the upper reaches.
Peaks, desert, sea; pine trees, cardons, palms–contrasts emphasize the beauty of this surprising land in the same way that the unanticipated aspects of our lives, the glorious highs and sometimes difficult lows, emphasize the importance of an average day.
What contrasts of landscape lie around you?
What is the importance of an “average” day? What does that mean to you?