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The Sudden Poetry of Springs

March 19, 2018  •  1 Comment

In 1960, author Wallace Stegner delivered my favorite quote about wild spaces and the outdoors in a letter to the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission.  I used it in my book of Anza-Borrego Desert photography and I believe it is just as relevant today as it was at any time in our past. 

It is a lovely and terrible wilderness, such a wilderness as Christ and the prophets went out into; harshly and beautifully colored, broken and worn until its bones are exposed, its great sky without a smudge or taint from Technocracy, and in hidden corners and pockets under its cliffs the sudden poetry of springs. Save a piece of country like that intact, and it does not matter in the slightest that only a few people every year will go into it. That is precisely its value.

The full letter can be found here: Stegner Letter  Contribute if you can. 

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Wallace Stegner---a favorite author of mine.
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