By Julia Ditto
In the Brooks Range, the landscape moved and breathed on a scale too slow to watch, as if time had stopped completely. Mountains weathered away, while spruce crept slowly up the rocky slopes, but I could not sense such motion. The sun never set. My 42-day trip was just a blink of an eye for the land I walked upon. I was seeing the Brooks Range as others had seen it years ago—an untouched, sacred piece of the world. May it always remain so.
My favorite and by far the most creative aspect of this piece is how Brooks Range is described. The author describes it as a place where reality feels altered. “As if time had stopped completely” stuck out to me the most in this regard. It suggests that the range in question is a place that exceeds our understanding of natural beauty, which is a clever approach to describing a location that cannot be described by words. It gives off a “You have to see it to believe it” feel, which perfectly piques the reader’s curiosity.