Test of Mettle

Frozen Range Land, Somewhere west of Mesa Verde, Colorado, United States of America
I love a deserted beach
On a hot day
With a cool onshore breeze
The surf a subtle metronome
Counting out my breaths
A calming solitude
Languid, placid serenity

I love also this frozen range
Its crystalline air
With a cutting wind
Driving the storm my way
Stealing my breath
A vulnerable solitude
Aware, active vigilance

Frozen Range
Somewhere west of Mesa Verde
Colorado, United States of America

Taken during travels, 2009