I can scarcely understand how my own portion of life’s grand lineage arrived here to see this miracle.

Larry Stevens, the most creative, capable and diligent field biologist ever to work in the Grand Canyon, humbly confesses how little wed may actually know about arid landscapes:

“I remain appalled at my own ignorance [about deserts]. As a well-intentioned student and representative of life’s supposedly highest form of consciousness, you would suppose that I could figure out most everything out here, in the supposedly simplest of biomes… Yet I can scarcely understand how my own portion of life’s grand lineage arrived here to see this miracle… Yes I will stay here, remain dumber than a doorknob and mull full of it than the Christmas bird, until I drop. And yes, the dry dust I too am soon to become likely will blow northeast, always seeking rain.”

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