As I write this post a dust storm is moving into the neighborhood. I imagine there is enormous energy contained in this phenomena. About two years ago, around this time, one of those storms reared it’s head and moved through PHX. I do not say reared it’s “ugly” head because the footage of it was amazing. It was beautiful. I was not here at the time. Perhaps I might think otherwise if I was in PHX. Some statistics would suggest it was ugly. Over a 4 year period storms like this caused 15 deaths and 614 accidents in AZ (the same article I got that from suggested 2,323 accidents in NM. Strange considering the population density in AZ is higher…I think.) That storm was called a 100 year storm. Some called it a curse from God (from comments in some articles). I do not claim to know God’s will but calling it a curse from God is just ridiculous and demonstrates a lack of critical thinking. Alas, that’s another post for another time.
Just as there is energy in a dust storm (or any storm. Imagine being able to harness that amount. WOW!) there is energy in places. There are many of these places. This energy is hard, if not impossible to measure. The energy I refer to is the restorative energy one might receive from being in a favorite place. For me one of those places is the coast. I’ve spent time on both east and west coasts and while I love both my favorite is the Pacific side. I am a bit biased through. I grew up in the West and spent many family vacations in Southern California. I currently live in a desert and the call of the ocean was strong recently so I made a trip out there to scratch that itch. I can’t quite explain it but the ocean has a very regenerative energy and incites much needed inspiration. The gallery included in this post contain photos from that trip. I’ve been experimenting with filters (some are filtered out the wazoo). Enjoy.