The Balance of Beauty and Danger
By the end of summer, many of the hills in Northern California are toasted to a light gold, the parching dry summer bleaching the green hills of spring to a pale beauty.
Set against a stark blue sky, there is something other-worldly about the hills, flaxen curves reminiscent of sand dunes or ocean waves made of grass.
Like the deadly heat emanating from desert sand or the treacherous undertows of ocean currents, our beautiful golden hills in California belie the perils of fire. “Fire season” should not be added to our standards of spring, summer, fall and winter, but devastating wildfires have become annual phenomena.
Nature interweaves danger with powerful beauty, but balancing this paradox is a necessity. We learn to walk through life balancing love and loss, hope and despair, joy and sadness.
Waves of grass, rolling dunes, and constantly moving wave patterns are some of nature’s countless gifts, which we learn to appreciate even more as we walk through life’s challenges.
The bleached-blonde hills of California came to mind when I saw the photos for this week’s World Walks from England, Sheringham Country Park.
Second in a series of World Walks contributions from the Norfolk area of England, Sheringham Country Park features its own golden grass scenery, offering views of the sea as well as woodsy paths.
This week’s HikingAutism Hike Notes from the archives is Loma Alta-Smith Ridge, a stellar example of the beautiful golden hills that are a visual highlight of California’s dry season.
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(Original Hike Notes 28): Loma Alta-Smith Ridge
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