Reflective Pillar


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Time marches on, as it always does.

The pillar, however, deep within the Earth at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico is largely immune to time. It has no need to count days, weeks, years, decades or even millennia, instead, preferring to spend the solitude reflecting upon all that was, all that is, and all that might come to be. Next to it is a small pool in which these reflections shine and are collected.

As I gazed at this stout pillar these thoughts were on my mind. I stood there in the timeless moment the pillar provided and simply contemplated. Being under the Earth so far didn’t bother me in the least, and in fact, I found that sense of isolation comforting in our fast-paced world. Like the pillar, I became one with our planet, feeling its pulse and deep earth rhythms. And like the pillar, I simply reflected on what was, what is, and what might be one day. The pool had some extra reflections to capture for a while, a job it did without nary a whisper of complaint. At long last, I made this photograph, satisfied on so many levels.

Time marches on, as it always does.

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