Ana by Gary Hope:
Noah lives in Moab and works as an advice columnist for a Salt Lake City newspaper. His responses to his readers are often humorous, sometimes insightful, sometimes cynical, sometimes irreverent, and sometimes insulting. Noah is also an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hiking in the enchanting, albeit unforgiving, Utah wilderness. Eliciting memories from his time hiking the trails, enjoy the author’s vibrant descriptions of the rugged landscape as he recounts Noah’s adventures.
The heart of the story, however, lies in Noah’s relationship with two women in his life: Dorothy, a park ranger he met while hiking, and Ana, the true love of his life who he has only met online. Follow his conflicts as he tries to decide if it’s better to hang on to a dream or to commit to someone who is right in front of him. As Noah struggles to find his footing, the reader will be drawn into contemplation regarding the essential nature of truth: will it set you free . . . or not?
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The picture above was taken in Joshua Tree California on 3/23/17. The wildflowers were amazing because of the winter rain.
This picture was taken on my 40th birthday. I was very pleased my girlfriend joined me to see some amazing desert flowers.
The Super Bowl is this Sunday. It’s the Patriots vs. Falcons, and I must be honest that I don’t care for either team. I’m a Saints fan. I went to school in New Orleans (Tulane), the city that can claim only one Super Bowl Championship ring, and I’m only mildly curious to see if the Falcons can beat the Patriots when the pressure is on them.
The picture above was taken at Gettysburg a few years back. It was shot during the summer time in 2014, when the grass was strikingly green and weather was a mixture of rain and sunshine. I kept thinking how odd it was to stand on a battlefield that was far cry from how it looked 150 years earlier. The cannons, guns, smoke, bodies–time had replaced all of it with nature’s calming elegance. It was hard to believe a Civil War had been fought on the very soil on which I was capturing with my camera. It was difficult to picture the lives that had been lost on the battlefield, the struggle between two sides bent on victory.
I consider myself very lucky that today’s battle only concerns two football teams fighting it out in the deep south.