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A scarlet hedgehog cactus blooming in early spring
Image Credit: A. Grace (Aly Pictured It)

Ephemeral Beauty

Hard, dark stone, littered with petrified wood and glittering pebbles. Colorful lichen and dusty juniper.

A warm day walking a rocky cliffside. Hollow footsteps. An empty valley stretches below me. The carved canyons at Zion stand behind me, just out of view.

Grasses grow from fine sand. A cactus blooms in the desert — all velvet petals…



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A. Grace

Grace writes fiction & articles on various topics in the western U.S. She is also a photographer, dog mom, and nature lover! Buy her a coffee: