Humans have always attempted to unravel the mysteries of nature since the beginning of time. With similar intentions, Edward Abbey attempts to analyze the complexity of nature in his essay about Aravaipa Canyon in New Mexico. He expresses how humans will never be able to fully comprehend the core of nature, praising and romanticising it through the use of imagery and diction.
Throughout the passage Abbey fathoms in the nature surrounding him, admiring the little details. He describes a rigid, cold night at the Aravaipa Canyon so the reader may feel as if the wind is hitting their face. The author’s use of positive diction demonstrates his astonishment. Dumbfounded by the whole experience, time seems to flash before his eyes and before he knows it, it is nightfall: “we reach the mouth of the canyon and the old trail uphill to the roadside to see the first stars come out … night falls quickly and the climate already feels cold.” Although the short amount of time he has spent in the canyon, Abbey feels as if the beautiful scenery he has witnessed will last him a lifetime.Nothing could ever measure up to the memories he gained from his time at the Aravaipa Canyon. This experience with nature was truly life-changing for him and he will never be able to forget the adventure because it showed him such beauty and life.
Edward Abbey states how despite how hard we try, humans will never be able to understand the mysteries of nature. Despite how hard humans, they will never uncover the complexity of nature. Nothing can ever replace it. Therefore, we must do our best to conserve the earth for future generations to experience and bask in its beauty.