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Time to See Clearly Now in the Desert

“I can see clearly now the rain is gone . . .”

When I have a dark desert moment, I push it away with this song.

The words are rays chasing away the shadows of my wasteful worries.

“Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind . . . ”

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I remember when it was my time . . .

Willow was an older lady.

She was retired, a grandma, with long wavy gray hair down her back.
Always a slow and wide smile to greet you with a considerate phrase.

Not just a howdy-do. “Vi, you have the sun on your face and it looks so good on you.”
I would blush and then frown. Am I getting too much sun? Out here in this forsaken climate? Harried thoughts would cloud her lovely version of my day.

I met her my first year to Big Bend Country. I was a desert virgin then, wild-west virgin. She could read my agitation from a mile off. So many concerns bouncing around upstairs, my eyes constantly darting from dust storm to wild cactus. I had a baby and toddler in my care in the midst of what I viewed as a hostile and danger-full land. So many things to consider, to plan for, to worry about.

Her eyes would glaze over and dart away. I was boring her and with wisdom she would find a reason to move away from my self-afflictions.

She stayed in Big Bend for about half the year, but our circles rarely intersected.
Another year passed before she answered the call to Big Bend once again. She drove in on her white truck with stuffed animals fighting for the view on the dashboard and side windows of her covered cab.

We met more often this time around.

There were quiet moments on the front stoop. Side by side we’d breathe in the desert air, grateful for the shade, as well as admiring the nourishing sun. She spoke of her family and her travels and her love for Big Bend.

One day, she accepted an invite to drive into town, which is over an hour trip down a rocky, dirt road. We shared moments from the past year as I guided our Honda Pilot with my growing babes bouncing with content in the backseat. A long drive shortened with lighthearted chatter, and many moments of derisive laughter over my previous gloomy outlook on desert life.

“Willow do you know this is the most beautiful neighborhood I have ever lived in? I had no idea my life would lead me to this. I never knew what I never knew.”
“Vi! Ha-ha! Do you know how much you have grown? Leaps! You are glowing and I am so happy for you!”
She went on to exclaim over my children, over their charming personalities, and how they were also blooming under my care and guidance – which is always a win-win strategy to gain my lifelong devotion. Nodding, I responded with my own easy, wide smile and it felt really good. Good to see the rain was gone and that I was seeing clearly in my desert, in my desert love.
When I think on that day, that moment of clarification, I hear the lyrics to this song in the backdrop, “I can see clearly now the rain is gone. . . ” I hope you enjoy this tune too along with the features I am sharing today. Many thanks to the talents capturing these amazing moments of sun rays bursting through dramatic cloud cover in ever so inspiring desert landscapes.

Hopefully they will inspire your days of clarity.

And maybe you will find it time to see clearly now in the desert . . .


One of my favorite songs written and sung by Johnny Nash.

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Look all around, there’s nothin but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin but blue skies

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

(Johnny Nash, 1972)

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  1. October 12, 2015    

    Great song and lovely pictures!
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    • October 12, 2015    

      So very glad you enjoyed them! Thank you for the visit.

  2. October 11, 2015    

    When I was ten my family moved to Yuma, AZ from So Cal. Needless to say it was a huge culture shock. Over the course of the year I learned to love the open skies, the smell of the fields after they were watered at night and the millions of stars that were visible at night. I will always be a Cali girl at heart, I still miss the beach and fall colors, but the desert has made a special place in my heart that cannot be replaced.

    • October 11, 2015    

      Oh my – I was raised in Socal and am a beach lover myself! Your words reflect my own journey. I realized the practicality of living out here and visiting the coast. The weather is much more moderate out here on my desert mountain than elsewhere too. Thanks so much Olga for sharing and connecting.

  3. Michelle@healthiersteps
    October 11, 2015    

    Oh my the desert is beautiful. Lovely photos, never thought it was so gorgeous!

    • October 11, 2015    

      I never really imagined Australia on my bucket list, but this film is haunting me. So glad you enjoyed my labor of love.

  4. October 11, 2015    

    Awesome! That song reminds me of the first computer I ever had when aol started! lol My screen saver played this song! 😀 Great memory

    • October 11, 2015    

      So funny how a song can trigger a memory – glad it was a good one. Thanks!

  5. Emily
    October 9, 2015    

    Stunning images! There is such beauty I’m the desert. I love what you said and it was beautifully written.

    • October 10, 2015    

      Thank you ever so much Emily. I really do appreciate your encouraging words.

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