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Our life is a journey

On The Road of Life

Along life’s journey

we meet new travelers who

make it all worth while


Joyce E. Johnson (2014)

A Place in the Sun

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I took this photo in Utah last fall while on vacation. Although there isn’t very much of a desert shown here for the poem I had written the poem years ago previously while on another trip to Arizona but so much of these areas around these magnificent rock formations are dry and look like much of the Arizona deserts, so decided to post this photo with this poem.

 A Place in the Sun

There is a place where the cactus grows.

There is a desert where no water flows.

where the earth is hot, and the air is dry,

and the sun beats down from its place in the sky.

And when the heavens and earth concur,

in a blaze of color with a certain blur.

There settles to the horizons cool dusk

the scent and smell of a lingering musk.


Joyce E. Johnson (2014)

Where I’ve Been

If anyone has missed my posts for the last ten days, I have been traveling to places I had not seen before.  It was a journey of the most amazing sights in the U.S. with incredible views that filled our digital camera with photos we will cherish forever. The Grand Canyon is like a huge deep rock bowl surrounded by layers and shapes of compressed sandstone in colors of terra-cotta clay, taupe colored sand, and ridges stacked with pine and cedar trees growing out from the rock bowl cliffs.  I visited the South Rim many years ago, twice, but this is the first time I have visited the North Rim. The North Rim is unlike that of the South Rim where cactus and sagebrush bake in a hot Arizona sun. The North Rim is surrounded by forests of pine and cedar trees warmed by midday breezes, but cooled at night from winds that blow across and over its deep crevices and ravines. We spent two glorious days there with friends. Going into Arizona’s Grand Canyon North Rim we traveled through Utah and saw many of their own beautiful, magnificent rock cliffs as we  visited Zion National Park. So, here is a small gallery of photos we took from both places. The shapes, colors and hues of the red and brown rock are seen with many different formations. Below are just a few of those we photographed.


Joyce E. Johnson

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Photos by: Joyce E. Johnson and T. Wayne Johnson

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