“Give me the splendid
silent sun, with his beams full-dazzling…Give me nights perfectly quiet, as on
high plateaus west of the Mississippi, and I looking up at the stars…”
~Walt Whitman "Give me the Splendid, Silent Sun"
This is Arizona for me: a
collection of sweet moments bound together with a common thread of love and
admiration for the masterpieces of our dynamic planet. While the lessons I
learned, facts I recall, and visuals I sketched in my field guide all paint a
picture of the educational value of the trip—there were moments, the sweetest
and my most treasured moments, where all the science behind the landscapes was
pushed aside and I simply existed, marveling, at the landscape.
And how do I articulate those
moments properly? How do I do them justice- The feeling of total peace felt
sitting atop the Grand Canyon listening to the whispers of the Earth,the awe-inspiring radiance of a sunset
viewing over a distant mountain ridge, the sensation of the sun on my skin, or
the overwhelming desire to dance in celebration of the beauty of creation?
For me, science is a calling: A
calling to explore; to be passionately curious. And in this curiosity, this
yearning to better understand the physics and geography of my surroundings, I am
always brought back to the same place: a place of wonder. It is this wonder
that propels me, pushes me, drives me to continue discovering, - to continue
questioning and amassing knowledge of the physical world in order that my
experiences in and as a part of nature are broadened.
So this is Arizona for me: a
playground of wonder and a beckoning to continue seeking, journeying, and