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A herd of deer keep watchful eye as they graze in the mountains of Idaho.
High up in the wilderness, surrounded by the Salmon River Mountains, life goes on quietly. One of the most striking aspects of visiting or hiking through a place like this is that life does indeed go on, whether we are here to see it or not.
As we step into this landscape, and stop in quiet awe at the surrounding mountains and the herd of deer moving gently through their space, it’s tempting to feel that we own it, somehow; that our presence there is part of what makes it what it is.
But we pass through. We move on, back to our lives in the city or town or country homestead, and while we are in the office, doing the office things that we are told are so important, life continues on in the mountains without us.
There is a sense of comfort in this, a realization that this is the way things should be: while humans can and do impact our environment, it is good to know that we do not rule it, do not dominate it to the point that the lives of deer and coyotes and raccoons and rabbits wait breathlessly for our commands and orders. Oh, we try, but ultimately, nature wins out.
Grazing in the Salmon River Mountains, the artwork, invites the viewer to step into this place of wilderness, this wild area where there are no parking lots and office cubicles, but rather, “just” grass and trees and animals and mountains. Grazing in the Salmon River Mountains is a reminder to us that this earth is very large and varied and diverse indeed, and we are not limited to the tiny spaces that we allot ourselves (or other people try to allot to us) in our lives.
Grazing in the Salmon River Mountains if featured in 33 Fine Art America groups
March 29th, 2017
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