May 13, 2009 ~ By Roxy Whalley ~ Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah.
Arches carved by water.
A stone bridge that spans a time that is hard for humans to comprehend.
How long did it take the water to work its way through these sandstone walls,
to find a tiny crack and splash and lap its way in,
slowly carving, slowly eroding,
slowly washing away one grain of sand… then another.
A pause of days, or months, before rain, or a flash flood brought more water, which would carry away another handful of sand.
For thousands of years, the water slowly worked its way through the solid rock, and in time changed the course of the river.
We humans can build a bridge in days or weeks.
Can we comprehend the eons, the numerous human generations that it took nature to build these bridges.
As I stand beneath the span of stone, it’s solid mass cutting a red ribbon through a blue sky above, I realize that even if we had the time to build a bridge like this, our human efforts would not produce anything nearly so beautiful and spectacular as the Mother of our planet did.