As I was organizing my picture files last weekend, I chose a new desktop background for my home computer. I have a bright 22″ monitor that gives each image maximum impact. My previous background photo and the new one are very different, and every time I turn on my computer I am struck by the difference in the emotional impact each one has on me. The previous picture was a view of the red rocks of Roxborough State Park against the bright green of early summer last year. It is an image of light and life, and my spirit filled with joy at its beauty.
The new background I chose is a sunset image of the view from my parents’ front porch in Patagonia. I had several pictures where the sky was aflame with intense oranges and fuscia, but I chose a broad view with less intense colors. Now when my monitor lights up I feel all my tension drain out, flowing across the wide valley to the distant mountains and calmed by the pastels of the sky.