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Goodbye Always Comes
This image was made the day my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I decided to publish it as a tribute to her unique, intrepid spirit.
I'd received the news earlier on this day and, in the aftermath, was unsure about what to do. I was at the beginning of a week in Death Valley, a beautiful place so open and inviting, suddenly weighed down by this devastating news.
I decided to stay. My mother had been fighting the disease for more than year and there was nothing I could do by leaving. So I just did what I do, I guess.
That afternoon I headed to Badwater Basin, a place I hadn't visited previously, and wondered at the lack of fine geometric patterns you see in images of this locale.
The salt ridges that form those patterns never stop growing. They are finest after a rainfall wipes this place clean and the cycle of growth can begin anew. It had been a while since rainfall when I made this photograph, hence the tumult it shows.
As I wandered about and the sun fell towards the Panamints this sunburst emerged, and before me materialized everything I felt about the confusion of the present and peace I wished for my mother.
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