Wide Open Spaces

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I’m not sure if it’s my age or where I am in life or if it’s simply the time we’re living in, but lately I’ve been longing for wide open spaces. Windswept. Exposed. Uncluttered. Expansive. I long to feel a little lost somewhere with my thoughts and my heartbeat. Enough space to both dream and remember. These last few days I’ve been thinking of a road trip I made with my kids last summer to California.

On our westward route, my son and I stopped to explore the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. It was unbelievably breathtaking.

This part of the country was unlike anything I’d experienced before. I loaded my Pentax k-1000 with Lomochrome Purple 35mm film and tried to take it all in.

I keep thinking about how simple last summer felt. Everyone was still living under one roof. I knew the routine. We had our traditions. This summer, however, has been filed with ambiguity and with more questions than answers. My husband and I moved our oldest into his college dorm. Our daughter got her drivers permit. New routines. New traditions. It’s a bittersweet time in our lives; filled with deep joy…and also a little sadness…a longing. Life feels like it’s rushing past and I wonder how we got here so quickly.

I think back to the wide expanse of the salt flats and the wind against my face.

I remember the beauty and the light that afternoon.

I return to this place in my mind and I’m filled with gratitude. And if I listen closely, I can hear my dreams whispering to me. ~ Laura


  1. Oh friend! Big transitions, bigger feelings, and space enough to maybe help you out it all in perspective? I don’t know, but this makes sense to me. Looking forward to seeing those dreams!

  2. Oh Laura, these are all gorgeous! And your feelings are big and open wide, just like this landscape. No wonder you’re dreaming it!

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