To Comprehend, A woman seen from behind walking in the far distance across a desert playa, dried up with the Death Valley Grandstand formation of rocks in the mid distance, looming in a dark brown, while the Panamint Range of mountains is in the background.

To stand in a landscape that is hard to comprehend is to know that not all that should be celebrated is human-made. To understand that to get here, it took hundreds, thousands, millions of denominations of time to render this environment is a lesson in a slow life that we’ve abandoned in favor of now, now, more.

I visit and spend time in these places to contrast from what I do for a living, and to remind myself that we co-exist with more than just screens and chats.