I-395 South in Winter

Photo Credit: darkroastedblend.com

Photo Credit: darkroastedblend.com

Contrails etched in the newborn sky

burst into flames at dawn.


Diamond-studded acres of frozen snow

bristle at sun’s caress.

Photo: listofimages.com

Photo: listofimages.com

We descend the mountain road

into a bowl of milky fog,


creep forward through thick mist

then emerge beneath its weighty layer.

Photo: Alex BoywerMono Lake Fog

Photo: Alex Boywer
Mono Lake Fog

There lies Mono Lake, still and peaceful

as light breaks through in the East


illuminating her surface into

a pool of liquid silver.


A gilded strip on the horizon beckons.

We rise again through the miasma,


We arise to crisp blue that shimmers,

shivers, surrenders its secrets.


In the desert, Joshua trees, tipped

in gold leaf, bow at our passage.

Photo: tripadviser

Photo: tripadviser

Contrails etched in evening skies

burst into flames at sunset.

Photo credit: joabess.com

Photo credit: joabess.com

We’re arrived in the desert after a two-day drive. This stunning trip never ceases to amaze me but this winter topped them all. I wanted to pull over and take photos every few miles but because of the conditions, it took longer than usual. Wish I could find the words to describe the PEACE and beauty that this dip into nature brought to me…and Peace in the theme Mary has invited us to consider over at dVerse Poetics!

23 thoughts on “I-395 South in Winter

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    So pleasant to read again!


  2. Victoria, do the words just come to you, or do you ponder just the right word choice? This was beautiful.


  3. Oh a lovely journey – catching Nature at her best and most tranquil – thank-you for allowing me to share her beauty.
    Anna :o]


  4. janehewey says:

    you bring beauty to the page.


  5. Jamie Dedes says:

    An apt description. I’ve been to Mono Lake.

    Well done and glad you made your trip safely. 🙂

    Many blessings …


  6. Peggy Goetz says:

    You did well finding those words I think. I have made that trip in both directions winter and summer. In general the openness along that route is something I find peaceful too.


  7. Sherry Marr says:

    Such spectacular words and photos! Incredibly beautiful. In the top photo, the cloud looks like some sort of giant angel – or a plane. It must be incredibly beautiful in the desert.


  8. Tony says:

    I love the contrails bursting into flames that frame this piece. The intervening images are gorgeous too.


  9. I think you found the words beautifully. Felt like I was there listening to the stillness of that peace in all of it’s glory. How wonderful to be awestruck. = )


  10. ManicDdaily says:

    You make it sound beautiful and I’m sure it is. Have a good stay. k.


  11. klrs09 says:

    Beautiful images and words — makes me wish we were heading to Arizona again this winter.


  12. Bodhirose says:

    I love a nice car ride just for this very reason. You get to see so much. What beautiful photos and accompanying words, Victoria. Enjoy your peaceful winter in the desert.


  13. How lovely the pictures and scene Victoria ~ I hope I can visit one someday ~


  14. Mary says:

    Victoria, this was a beautiful write. I the words and photos you used to capture your journey from winter to summer…in your two-day drive. My favorite lines were at the end of your poem with the Joshua trees bowing to your passage and the flaming evening skies!


  15. brian miller says:

    aah what a journey you had…and we had through your words as well…love the contrails you open and close with..the joshua trees…smiles…so much beauty in the nature you display…


  16. vivinfrance says:

    Magic – the scenes and your words. I can see why you wanted to keep stopping!


  17. claudia says:

    oh wow…sounds like a magical trip… nature in its beauty is something so peaceful indeed…makes us breathe deeper….have a wonderful time in the desert victoria


  18. Kelvin S.M. says:

    …as a nature admirer, what you give here is outstanding…your tone’s so light and easy to handle…your descriptions are very tangible that i can almost look at your sky, feel the milky fog, touch those weighty layers and so on and on… Ah, i can offer a quite surrender with all these gift of peace you bring us today… excellent ma’am… smiles…


  19. leahJlyn says:

    Wowzer, to the words of your poem and site of your photos. Just amazing 🙂


  20. becca givens says:

    Gorgeous descriptions!!


  21. Beautiful images. “In the desert, Joshua trees, tipped in gold leaf, bow at our passage” and “into a bowl of milky fog”. Awesome!


  22. The Joshua tree is one of my favorites. Nicely done


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