The Road Back To Nothingness
"There is no season in all the year so beautiful, so radiant with glory, as the early autumn. There is no time when the human soul drinks in so fully the glory and beauty of nature. All objects of beauty are more beautiful while passing away from us. The closing up of a beautiful life—the fading of the holy stars in the dim light of morning—the ending of a quiet summer day and the passing away of the bright summer glory, are all more sweet and lovely as they are lost to us. The death-glow always beautifies anything that wears the trace of beauty, ere it goes back to nothingness." ~ The Northern Advocate
While pursuing and photographing Autumn colors near Flagstaff Arizona's Locket Meadow, I found this publicly unused forest road, lined with gloriously-glowing aspen trees, and their golden leaves highlighting the trail. As I followed the road up towards an unknown destination, while chasing the decay of the year, I couldn't help but wonder to myself if perhaps there was symbolism here. Maybe symbolic of my pursuit of photography, not knowing where it will lead -- perhaps to nothing -- as I start to adventure towards my own golden season of life. Perhaps both the road and my art are on a road to nothingness, and if so, I am happy to revel in the glory of the here and now, for that is how best to live in the face of the uncertain.