One Nest : Earthworks: Pairing 9: Elizabeth Addison: Mandala 072720, Pandemania Day 133 - Buck Creek
Mandala 072720, Pandemania Day 133 - Buck Creek
Digital assemblage, Archival digital print on Moab Entrada Rag Bright, 16 x 16 inches, 2019
36 x 36 inches, $650
"Pandemania Day 133, Buck Creek - Mandala 072720." Monday. My daughter and her bf are the first to leave our slice of paradise. We waived them off and prepped for a hike to Buck Creek. The trail dips deeply into a wooded canyon. As we entered the wilderness two backpackers were exiting. Surprised to see us, they pulled shirts over their faces with apologies. To each other they murmured, “Reality check, we’re back to masks and politics.” At our waterfall destination, we splashed in champagne pools and scrabbled barefooted over carpeted, velvet soft, mossy rocks. Our trail exit had a reality check, too. An agitated rattler was unwilling to let us pass. My brother-in-law cajoled it with prayers and praise. My husband took flattering photos. After gently tossing pebbles and dust, and what seemed an eternity, we resorted to a six-foot stick. The rattler was coiled, ready to strike and hissed to us, “just this one time,” and disappeared into a fern-covered seep. Perfection.