Sadly, my visit will be limited to just the workshop, and I’ll be heading home on Monday morning… but I’ve been spending a lot of time remember past adventures into the wilderness. This “almost sunset” image is one from my collection that I hadn’t shared previously, and I’m scratching my head to ask “why?”. Maybe it’s because so many sunset photos are alike, and maybe because it was a somewhat melancholy evening (if you attend the workshop, you’ll know why). Beyond that, this image possesses many of the virtues I came to respect about the Yukon wilderness:
- It’s limitless.
- It’s quiet.
- It always feels bigger than you.
- You can say nothing to the person next to you, and know that they understand exactly what you’re thinking.
- Leaving it behind, you always want to return.
The list goes on, and I’ve been told I should write a book on the topic and make it publicly available, we’ll see about that. I think I’d been a few more adventures under my belt before I could properly express the natural beauty that defines Canada as a whole.
When spending a few weeks in the wilderness, you start by going through a couple of days of “connectedness withdrawal” as I call it. Not internet connection, no phone, and only a satellite phone for emergencies. Once that phase is over, there is a level of serenity, of a quiet mind, that I didn’t experience as an adult until my first visit. This photograph embodies that beautiful silence. There is nothing to do here but think about your day, every thought getting woven into the lines in the sky. It has taken me three years to revisit these thoughts, and I’m glad I did.