The cycles of nature bring to mind the cycles of our own lives
"Dunes like standing waves. Dunes like arcs and sickles, scythe blades and waning moons. Virgin dunes untracked by machines, untouched by human feet. Dunes firm and solid after rain, ribbed with ripple marks from the wind. Dunes surrounding ephemeral pools of water that glitter golden as tiger's eye in the light of dawn...Sand and beauty. Sand and death. Sand and renewal."
---Edward Abbey American writer and park ranger