Thoughts on Desert Solitaire…
- Over whelming peace- He relates this over whelming peace to a great stillness. Lack of human interaction I assume because there is still interaction occurring with animals outside his trailer home. This is when he realizes he is completely alone. This is not something I’ve ever thought to be overwhelming. Peace is a good thing to almost everyone. How could someone ever get too much peace.
- Abbey very briefly relates religion “God’s navel” to wilderness similarly to the article we read last week. He then contrasts this with a description of wilderness as a red wasteland, immediately I think of the word red and relate it to hell based off the concept that this place he now lives is God’s Navel yet it can also be a red wasteland.
- “I want to be able to look at and into a juniper tree, a piece of quartz, a vulture, a spider, and see it as it is in itself, devoid of all humanity ascribed qualities”
“I wish I knew the language. I’d sooner exchange ideas with the birds on earth than learn to carry on intergalactic communications with some obscure race of humanoids on a satellite planet from the world of Betelgeuse.”
Both the quotes relate to the idea that Edward does not want to be human or have “humanly ascribed qualities”. He wants to fit in to the wilderness, on a level that doesn’t seem logical. Why does he have this strong desire to be one with his environment?
- The Moon Eyed Horse- I think the author is in a sense jealous of this horse. How free and wild it has become after years of containment. I think Edward strives to accomplish the same thing as this horse has done. From a life of being told what to do, where to go, to learning how to live off the land and getting away from society.
Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae Bloom
Lake Erie is the 12th largest lake on the planet and provides drinking water source for 11 million people. It’s the smallest and shallowest of the Great Lakes. Ohio, Michigan and Ontario all border Erie’s Western Basin, which is particularly vulnerable to toxic blooms. While algae are a natural presence in fresh water systems, large harmful outbreaks are linked to excessive levels of phosphorus in the lake waters. Coming into contact with the toxic algae or swallowing algae-laden water, can cause rashes, vomiting, numbness and difficulty breathing, among other symptoms. The toxic algae threaten not only drinking water, but rob oxygen from the waters creating dead zones where fish are unable to survive