I listened to Bill Moyer’s interview with Wendell Berry just after finishing a month-long road trip around the western United States. On that road trip, during which I spent my days driving through beautiful country, hiking through our national parks, and camping under the stars, I was introduced to environments that I hadn’t known existed. Environments that are worth protecting.
So it was with enthusiasm and a new-found sense of appreciation that I watched and sketchnoted as Berry talked about his hopes for humanity:
Though I currently feel an angst to be on the road, to see more of this country I was born in, to see more of the entire world, this interview renewed a desire that I haven’t felt in a long while – a desire to settle down with some land one day, and build a life taking care of it.
I owe thanks to one of the friends that I stayed with during that road trip of mine for directing me to this interview. It is with that friend, Garrett Strader, that I explored Arches and Canyonlands National Parks outside of Moab. Garrett’s passion is photography, and it is through that medium that he captures the natural wonders of the earth so that we can better appreciate and better take care of those wonders. His photography can be found on his flickr site – well worth a look if you ask me, particularly after listening to the sage words of Wendell Berry.
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