Heart of Darkness
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado, 2014
"It is impossible to convey the life-sensation of any given epoch of one's existence--that which makes its truth, its meaning--its subtle and penetrating essence. It is impossible. We live, as we dream--alone." -- Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to melancholy in literature, music, and art, but I have found it only infrequently in nature. The North Rim of Black Canyon well after sunset was one of the most melancholy places I've visited, haunting in its sheer, dark depths. A howling wind and the thought of being hunted by the park's bears and mountain lions made standing just inches from the lonely precipice an exercise in terror. I loved every moment. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.