Myopia and Wide Open Spaces
How the desert helps me see better
In 2012, we moved from our homestead in the mountain village of Penasco, NM to a rental house in downtown Taos, NM. We moved from a town of 700 people to 17,000, still small but sizable enough. What attracted us to our new home was the backyard. Nothing like the one we had in Penasco on a river with fruit trees, a giant garden and acequia. The new yard was a quarter of the size, but it was beautifully overgrown. Brush and trees towered over the property. An apricot tree larger than I knew could exist took up one corner of the yard. The crab apple tree was perfect shade for my hammock. We took full advantage of the apple and locust trees, adding a tree house, zip line, slack line and tire swing. There was a small field of poppies that made me feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Irises sprung up everywhere. It was overgrown with rose bushes, lilacs and plum trees that were unable to bloom and were only later discovered by accident. I went on to add even more flora to the landscape in…
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