06 June 2011

The West that Won

. . . me over.

Though I love my southern roots,
though I will always be a salt water and spanish moss kind of soul,
I could see myself visiting this land often.

Blazing horse hooves and four wheelers through the adobe dust,
eating my share of avocado flesh
and missing just enough the deep green of the tobacco fields.

This was a hazeless place.
Wild and clear-eyed without the weight of humidity.
My allergies disappeared for the entire week.

Even in Texas,
I've never seen the sky so big.

We slipped down Black Canyon and I put my feet in the
roaring waters of the Gunnison.
A shock of freshly melted snow
that only appeared gulf warm.
Everything here seemed to be of the grandest contrast.
The weather.
The light.

We slept.
We took in the sun and burned in the dry air.
Mistaking the steady breeze for a lack of heat.

We found and fell and, in the midst of that, forgot to fight.
Dear Colorado,
Thank you.


  1. Wow stunning photos Jess ~ one day I would love to travel across the US (visiting my friends along the way :} )

  2. my heart sings for you

    love and light

  3. I seriously missed the skies when I moved east temporarily from the west...glad you had such a great time : )

  4. Aw, yay :) X, like, 1,000,000 ;)


  5. I am from the West, from Southern Arizona, and my soul can't see past the cage of the treeline when I am in your lands. I slowly begin to wither without the expanse of our big skies.

  6. Oh you make me miss that part of the world... Been to Wyoming, Montana, Washington State and Colorado and can't pick a favorite. Love, love, love. Glad you are back and refreshed.

  7. I love the photo of the eye -- so sweet.

  8. What what scenery. And that llama is pretty damn cute, too. Glad you had a great time.

  9. That's Llooey. He's my new boyfriend.

  10. Just amazing writing and beautiful photos. So glad you had such a special time!!!! xo

  11. Love Llooey's eyelashes!!! And the sun on the potted plants is amazing. Like the zigzag of those fences -- way cool and the day you caught the skies that amazing shade of blue. Wow! And that bedroom's ceiling, size and quality of wood are all so gorgeous. How could anyone fight in those surroundings. I am so glad you had this time together with Keith in such beautiful country.

  12. Wow such poetic words and stunning photographs.

  13. I'm so so glad you had such an amazing time. Photos are fantastic :)

  14. why is it that boyfriends always have spectacular eyelashes?
    as you must know, i am happy for you on any and all fronts.