14,000 ft ASL

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In case you haven’t noticed, I like the outdoors but am *not* going to be doing any epic treks any time soon. This was taken from the top of Mount Evans, which was summitted with a car. I know. I’m sorry. But it’s important not to have delusions about the athleticism of photographers.

Mount Evans
Clear Creek County, CO
July, 2016

Abbey’s Country

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“Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear-the earth remains, slightly modified. The earth remains, and the heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break….I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun.”

-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Canyonlands National Park
Moab, UT
December, 2015

Grand View

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You may take away a theme from my canyon posts as time goes on: the canyons are lovely in the daytime, but mythical at night. This is Grandview Point in the golden hour, or probably 4:00 PM since this was taken around the winter solstice. We returned with blankets around 10:00 PM that night to look at the Milky Way (Canyonlands are a dark sky park), and Grandview was just luminous. I believe there was a full or nearly-full moon this night, and I felt like I was having a spiritual experience with the canyon. The Anasazi were animistic, and I can understand why. The canyons under moonlight become this ethereal presence that’s hard to describe but very palpable. Canyonlands is a little-visited park, simply because (I believe) it doesn’t have the name-recognition of  nearby Arches, Bryce, and Zion. This means that you will often have hiking trails to yourself or only a few others, particularly during the off-season. Go visit! It’s the most mesmerizing of Utah’s parks.

Grandview Point
Canyonlands National Park, Moab, UT
December, 2015

Islands in the Sky

islands in the sky

Canyonlands National Park! The Islands in the Sky were gorgeous the day before Christmas, when most sane people were travelling to or being with their families. Not us! We went to Utah to finally visit the land of Edward Abbey, spires, arches, canyons, domes, etc. The gorgeous grasslands of Moab’s high plateau are pictured here, canyons to follow.

Islands in the Sky
Canyonlands National Park, Moab, UT
December, 2015

Sand Dunes

great sand dune 2015

sand dune 2015

The Great Sand Dunes National Park is four hours from Denver. This is great! It’s never busy. It’s also rough, because I only find one or two days a year where I have the time, will, and company needed to make the (gorgeous) drive down the Front Range and through the San Luis Valley to see the dunes.

Great Sand Dunes National Park
Alamosa, CO
October, 2015