My husband and I were exploring in the Majuba Mountains of the Nevada high desert when he spotted a cross on a distant peak. I longed to have a closer look so we chugged up the mountain, searching for a corresponding road. We picked and chose our route but nevertheless made two wrong turns before backtracking and regaining our direction. Eventually one road ended within walking distance of the cross. As I emerged from the Land Rover the wind attacked my ears so I reached for my arctic hat, the one I wear when the weather would otherwise drive me inside.
Before we hiked to the cross, we poked around and found a few abandoned mines. One of the shafts seemed interminable. My husband tossed a rock into it and we heard it bounce again and again….and again……..and again…………………………………and again………
We walked to the back of the shale-covered hill and began to climb. I sought footholds in weedy shoots with withered tendrils tucked among the shards.
When we arrived at the cross, the wind tried to heave us from the peak; we dug in.
And wondered at this enormous structure–perhaps a memorial for a fallen miner?
We stayed for a long time, grateful to be in the shelter of our Lord.
25 thoughts on “Nevada Desert Blues: Majuba Mountains”
Beautiful shot – and having your husband in the photo sure gives it scale! Nice stormy day.
Thank you Donna. I took several other shots in which my husband was not present and the mountains appeared startlingly small. The storm definitely adds drama. 🙂
Lovely photo, well worth the effort. Sending blessings for a peaceful and joy-filled Christmastime.
I was thinking of you just this morning. I so admire your dedication to photography and the way that you have blossomed in the art this year. Thank you for your friendship and many blessings for your Christmas. I look forward to seeing what the coming year brings for you.
No other place would I want to be, but under the shelter of His wing. Great post!
I do whole-heartedly agree. Thanks Roberta:-)
Very thought-provoking photo… especially with your story to go along with it.
Thank you so much for your kind note! I’m delighted that you enjoyed it.
Beautiful photo! Great adventure! Dear Vivian, wish you a Merry Christmas and may all the blessings come upon your warm heart! Wish you the best! MERRY CHRISTMAS! 🙂 Hugs from Romania 🙂
Dear Cristina, Thank you for your lovely comment and for your friendship. It has been such a pleasure getting to know you this year. I’m so happy that we found one another. Love and many blessings, Vivian
Dear Vivian, thank you too for your kind words. For me too is a great pleasure to know you and I am happy to be your friend, thank you for your friendship and wish you a beautiful time for Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🙂 Love and hugs from your romanian friend, Cristina 🙂
merry christmas viv thought i lost u in the http://www..how ya doin.more pictures cant wait too see.thanks for sharing.i see lotsa followers thats great! take care.huggs.julea
Merry Christmas Julea! I am so happy to hear from you. We saw the mustangs–14 in all–again in November. They are are so beautiful. How are your plans coming along? Have you moved to Nevada? Hugs, Viv
Fantastic images and stories. After catching up, with your last few posts, I feel like I’m coming back from a trip in your desert or waking up from a dream.
Hi Steve, Thank you for such a nice comment! I’m delighted that you had a chance to visit and enjoyed the stories and photographs. Happy New Year! 🙂 Vivian
Such a beautiful capture, almost unearthly!
Thank you so much for your kind words Teju! This location is one of my favorite discoveries in the Nevada desert. Finding a giant cross in the midst of the Majuba Mountains was a complete surprise! 🙂
I love this! It is so nice to hear about your adventures. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!
Hi Kimberly, It’s so nice to see you. Thank you for dropping by and leaving me a note!! My husband and I fell in love with this spot. Our schedule/lifestyle has changed somewhat this year and we have not yet made it to the Nevada desert but we are hoping to get there this summer and to return to this cross. I miss the desert a lot. It is difficult to feel that I am suited for any other life but God will guide me. Ever fondly, Vivian
Oh I so love this picture….had to come back and see it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Awwww….thank you!!!! 🙂
Great shot. It’s really difficult to capture something with such an angle.
Thank you very much. It was a challenging shot!
This is a beautiful image-an interesting crossroads of the man-made and God-made-
Thank you for visiting and discovering one of my favorite photos. There is something so spiritually profound about this spot, its isolation, the height and heft of that cross.