"The blue of distance comes with time, with the discovery of melancholy, of loss, the texture of longing, of the complexity of the terrain we traverse, and with the years of travel. If sorrow and beauty are all tied up together, then perhaps maturity brings with it ... an aesthetic sense that partially redeems the losses time brings and finds beauty in the faraway."
"Sometimes gaining and losing are more intimately related than we like to think. And some things cannot be moved or owned. Some light does not make it all the way through the atmosphere, but scatters."
"Some things we have only lost as long as they remain lost, some things are not lost only so long as they are distant."
-Rebecca Solnit, "The Blue of Distance"
(Point Lobos, February 2013)