Augeries of Innocence (excerpt)

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour

— William Blake

“Sand Gardens” depicts some scenes of Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado, which I visited in May, 2019. Though the land forms in these mostly monochromatic images may appear timeless, they are constantly sculpted by wind (and chaotically blowing sand forced me off the dunes after a few hours). I visited the Park while staying at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center, and the dunes reminded me of the Buddhist principle of impermanence. I sensed this principle while struggling to ascend the piles of loose sand (seven hundred feet high) as the wind became increasingly intense. Because of travel logistics, I visited the Park when the sun was high and its light relatively flat across the landscape. Thus, I used post-production adjustments to emphasize patterns of clouds and shadows.