Encounters with Nature in Telluride



People of different cultures relax differently. My wife, who is from Colombia, explained that South Americans would sit and visit on the patios and balconies while the kids played in the shallow river. I preferred to hike every day and conquer some physical challenges (Click here to see additional pictures). She said, “South American’s would never have such violent encounters with nature.” But there’s something bonding about being close to nature (part of nature) along with my son and one of my daughters. Prior to hour six when I got so winded (at 12,000 feet) that I couldn’t talk beyond a grunt, we had some good philosophical talks. He warned me of the dangers of drawing “universal principles” from correlates from two different fields. Nevertheless, I couldn’t help seeing the complementary harmony of colors from opposite sides of the color wheel as an illustration of how people with opposite characteristics often attract to each other and form very compatible relationships. I want to believe that differences need not constitute problems; they simply pose a challenge to intermingle those differences in harmonious ways, like the blue sky as a backdrop for the deep green evergreens (which I learned contain a lot of red — opposite blue). In nature, these differences don’t seem to fight. In humans, differences too often trigger opposition. If we could function more like nature, maybe our relationships could be more supernatural — like our original godly design.2006-06-telluride-on-the-trail-3.jpg


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