To the folks at National Parks Magazine,

Pretty nature images are a penny a dozen, and sometimes I loathe myself for taking them and feeling a semblance of pride. But once in a while you take one that just makes you feel a thing, and despite that nagging voice in your head, you submit it anyway.

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This scene can be found on the Navajo Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park, just oozing 60 million years of defiance, even when no one is looking. We're all acutely aware as of late that that's what Mother Nature does — my Midwestern town is flooding, Canada is covered in smoke, Ethiopia is ravaged by drought — but in moments, her defiance can be more zen-like than catastrophic. Her defiance can also be gentle and calm.

Maybe that’s how all of us can hope to thrive in a world that is hell-bent on going up in the flames of climate change — of #MeToo, of partisan politics, of that garden-variety human greed. I don’t know about you, but I also feel like there won’t be enough sunlight to go around for years, but we have to push ahead anyway.

All this is why I wanted to submit this photo to National Parks Magazine. Even if you have no use for a single image that is a thinly veiled metaphor for how to handle the Trump administration, I appreciate you taking the time to go down this two-minute hole with me.


Jacqueline Kehoe