Quickening of the Heart



He’d always had a quickening of the heart when he crossed into Arizona and beheld the cactus country. This was as the desert should be, this was the desert of the picture books, with the land unrolled to the farthest distant horizon hills, with saguaro standing sentinel in their strange chessboard pattern, towering supinely above the fans of ocotillo and brushy mesquite. 
~ Dorothy B. Hughes, The Expendable Man

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Everything that ever happened to me that was important happened in the desert. 
~ Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

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8 thoughts on “Quickening of the Heart

  1. I always find it strange, when I hear someone say, “The desert has no color.” I think quite the opposite. It is full of color, and you have so beautifully shown that here, Candace. Wonderful images.

    I hope you have a fantastic weekend!


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