INVISIBLE LIGHT Virgin River Gorge (2016)
INVISIBLE LIGHT Virgin River Gorge (2016)

Our nearest star neighbor, Proxima Centauri, is only 4.22 light years away. That means the light we see now from that star was created 4.22 years ago. Other stars in the night sky are millions of light years away, with their ancient light arriving at the same time. Do these distant stars still exist? What are they like now? Did they move to a new location? Where is everybody? One thing is certain: Light is invisible until it interacts with matter.

I made this image while camping in the Virgin River Gorge not long after sunset. Shooting west with the final embers of sunset retreating to the mountains, the Joshua Tree made a nice silhouette against the Milky Way.

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ALL OF IT Gold Butte, NV (2018)
ALL OF IT Gold Butte, NV (2018)

There are still places on this earth that invoke feelings of magic. Imagine viewing one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, for example the Taj Mahal or the Sistine Chapel. These are places that combine a sense of history with striking visuals. Gold Butte is like that, only more subtle.

There are opportunities for complete solitude in Gold Butte, in between the overflights of jet aircraft bound for Las Vegas and other points west. If you are lucky and patient, it is complete silence, save for the rush of a breeze and your heartbeat pounding in your head. Your senses become electric, more aware. The air feels good flowing over your skin, even in your lungs. The colors of the rocks and plants, at first subtle, now somehow sing out to your eyes. For some, solitude is a terrifying experience; for others it is simply where they find themselves.

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BRYCE CANYON SUNSET Bryce Canyon, UT (2018)
BRYCE CANYON SUNSET Bryce Canyon, UT (2018)

Being a photographer/writer on assignment can cause great anxiety. You only have so much time, and you have to deliver the goods no matter what the weather is like. I was having this sort of stressful evening — the campground at Bryce Canyon National Park was full, I didn’t know where I would stay the night, and the light was fading fast. Deep breath. Everything was going to work out, I told myself, as the sun was gone where I stood and it started to get very, very cold. But then the clouds parted for a moment in such a way as to shine a spotlight on the Claron Formation-capped cliffs to the northeast. Everything just seemed to be ok. I camped in a quiet forest that evening, surrounded by solitude.

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MANY SOULS HAVE WALKED BY HERE Gold Butte, NV (2018)
MANY SOULS HAVE WALKED BY HERE Gold Butte, NV (2018)

There is evidence of human activity in the area of Gold Butte dating back more than 12,000 years. Over millennia the stories that were etched in stone carried great meaning. Much of that meaning has been lost to time, but the spirit of their message lives on, reaching far into the future from a simpler past, when lives were lived close to the earth. From that spirit, these petroglyphs now impart new meaning. Many souls have walked by here. If you are quiet and still, you can feel their presence watching over you.

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SHIVWITS Shivwits, UT (2017)
SHIVWITS Shivwits, UT (2017)

As you head west from the town of Ivins, Utah, along Old Highway 91, the red cliffs commonly known as Red Mountain stretch on into the land of the Shivwits, a band of Southern Paiute Indians. The land is beautiful and filled with the spirits of ancestors. With great respect for the land and the spirit, I present this image.

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Lake Powell Vista (2017)
Lake Powell Vista (2017)

Out on an assignment that took me to various places in southeast Utah over five days of camping, I was tired and heading home toward St. George. Crossing the Colorado River at the Glen Canyon Dam always requires a reduction in speed, and whenever you slow down you see things that otherwise might get overlooked. The low afternoon sun was lighting up the cliffs softly, and the surface of the water reflected the blue from the partly cloudy sky. Home would have to wait a few more minutes.

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REGENERATIVE Gold Butte, NV (2018)
REGENERATIVE Gold Butte, NV (2018)

I find life in the desert fascinating. In a place like Gold Butte, with its rugged and varied landscape, life contrasts with the surrounding inorganic earth, allowing the earth more equal time. The message: we are one. The same stuff that makes up the rocks and dust and water and air is what is inside all of us. Life is much younger than the rock surrounding it. Life is an unbroken chain spanning untold generations, linking their DNA together like a fire bucket brigade carrying liquid from a primordial swamp to the present. Living in the closed system of Earth, land and life give their substance to the future. May the fire never be extinguished.

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Pahranagat Sunset
Pahranagat Sunset

After a long day of driving I pulled into the campground at the Pahranagat National Wildlife Preserve in eastern Nevada. The Pahranagat Valley is one of my favorite places, an actual oasis in the Mojave Desert created by water flowing from several springs. With the reflection of the lake and the intense colors of the sunset, the only thing I needed was something unique. This awesome lenticular cloud provided something different. I like to think it was hovering right over Area 51, which is in that general direction from where I was standing.

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PASSAGE Gold Butte, NV (2018)
PASSAGE Gold Butte, NV (2018)

Within a large sandstone outcropping is a place that has been visited and inhabited for many, many generations over the last 12,000 years. The remnants of a large village are still visible in this special place in Gold Butte, but not everything is apparent. Sometimes things lie just below the surface. This is why it is always best to visit with minimal impact in mind. Here, a secret place, a passage through the stone that piques the imagination and draws in the curious, is marked by the spirit guides. It is not necessary to pass through the stone to reach the lands beyond, but judging by the various inscriptions meant for fellow travelers, it was an option to be considered. Human imagination hasn't changed all that much.

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SUCCULLENT Corona del Mar, CA (2018)
SUCCULLENT Corona del Mar, CA (2018)

I was born in Utah, and I have a deep love for the state, but also the entire southwest. Coming from the very dry deserts of Southern Utah I am always amazed by the gardens I find when I visit family in Southern California. Everything just looks so healthy, I think, because the conditions are so much more favorable - mild temperatures and a mist of water blowing in from the ocean conspire to create great beauty. This garden succulent was smiling at me when I made this image. I loved the contrast I found on the leaves and decided a black and white treatment would make me pretty happy.

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ANDROMEDA Torrey, UT (2018)
ANDROMEDA Torrey, UT (2018)

The Andromeda Galaxy (upper right in this image) is the most distant object in the night sky that is visible to the naked eye. It is 2.5 million light years away from Earth, and it is very large at around 220,000 light years in diameter. For comparison, this expressive pine tree near Torrey, Utah, was about 35 feet away and 20 feet in diameter. I had arrived at my camping spot at sundown and found this beautiful pine on the ridge above. I picked a spot that I would return to later, in the cold darkness, to make this image. I figured from the general direction (facing mostly east) I should have at least some of the Milky Way in my image. But being photo-bombed by Andromeda was serendipitous.

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RED MOUNTAIN Ivins, UT (2018)
RED MOUNTAIN Ivins, UT (2018)

Sometimes when you live somewhere and see the same scenery every day you can end up taking it for granted. But then every now and then conditions conspire — storm clouds gathered to make everything dull and gray, but just for a moment the sun peeked through just as it was setting. The combination of shadows and sunlight with reds and blues made me stop in my tracks. It was only there for a moment, and then it was gone.

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TENACIOUS Bryce Canyon (2018)
TENACIOUS Bryce Canyon (2018)

I think tenacity is one of the most important things in life. This pine, perched on the cliff edge at Bryce Canyon National Park, shows this to be true. The ground beneath its roots has eroded away, and the tops of the roots are now trampled daily by visitors, who for some reason are drawn to this tree. Life is strange. Life is hard. Life is beautiful.

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INVISIBLE LIGHT Virgin River Gorge (2016)
ALL OF IT Gold Butte, NV (2018)
BRYCE CANYON SUNSET Bryce Canyon, UT (2018)
MANY SOULS HAVE WALKED BY HERE Gold Butte, NV (2018)
SHIVWITS Shivwits, UT (2017)
Lake Powell Vista (2017)
REGENERATIVE Gold Butte, NV (2018)
Pahranagat Sunset
PASSAGE Gold Butte, NV (2018)
SUCCULLENT Corona del Mar, CA (2018)
ANDROMEDA Torrey, UT (2018)
RED MOUNTAIN Ivins, UT (2018)
TENACIOUS Bryce Canyon (2018)
INVISIBLE LIGHT Virgin River Gorge (2016)

Our nearest star neighbor, Proxima Centauri, is only 4.22 light years away. That means the light we see now from that star was created 4.22 years ago. Other stars in the night sky are millions of light years away, with their ancient light arriving at the same time. Do these distant stars still exist? What are they like now? Did they move to a new location? Where is everybody? One thing is certain: Light is invisible until it interacts with matter.

I made this image while camping in the Virgin River Gorge not long after sunset. Shooting west with the final embers of sunset retreating to the mountains, the Joshua Tree made a nice silhouette against the Milky Way.

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ALL OF IT Gold Butte, NV (2018)

There are still places on this earth that invoke feelings of magic. Imagine viewing one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, for example the Taj Mahal or the Sistine Chapel. These are places that combine a sense of history with striking visuals. Gold Butte is like that, only more subtle.

There are opportunities for complete solitude in Gold Butte, in between the overflights of jet aircraft bound for Las Vegas and other points west. If you are lucky and patient, it is complete silence, save for the rush of a breeze and your heartbeat pounding in your head. Your senses become electric, more aware. The air feels good flowing over your skin, even in your lungs. The colors of the rocks and plants, at first subtle, now somehow sing out to your eyes. For some, solitude is a terrifying experience; for others it is simply where they find themselves.

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BRYCE CANYON SUNSET Bryce Canyon, UT (2018)

Being a photographer/writer on assignment can cause great anxiety. You only have so much time, and you have to deliver the goods no matter what the weather is like. I was having this sort of stressful evening — the campground at Bryce Canyon National Park was full, I didn’t know where I would stay the night, and the light was fading fast. Deep breath. Everything was going to work out, I told myself, as the sun was gone where I stood and it started to get very, very cold. But then the clouds parted for a moment in such a way as to shine a spotlight on the Claron Formation-capped cliffs to the northeast. Everything just seemed to be ok. I camped in a quiet forest that evening, surrounded by solitude.

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MANY SOULS HAVE WALKED BY HERE Gold Butte, NV (2018)

There is evidence of human activity in the area of Gold Butte dating back more than 12,000 years. Over millennia the stories that were etched in stone carried great meaning. Much of that meaning has been lost to time, but the spirit of their message lives on, reaching far into the future from a simpler past, when lives were lived close to the earth. From that spirit, these petroglyphs now impart new meaning. Many souls have walked by here. If you are quiet and still, you can feel their presence watching over you.

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SHIVWITS Shivwits, UT (2017)

As you head west from the town of Ivins, Utah, along Old Highway 91, the red cliffs commonly known as Red Mountain stretch on into the land of the Shivwits, a band of Southern Paiute Indians. The land is beautiful and filled with the spirits of ancestors. With great respect for the land and the spirit, I present this image.

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Lake Powell Vista (2017)

Out on an assignment that took me to various places in southeast Utah over five days of camping, I was tired and heading home toward St. George. Crossing the Colorado River at the Glen Canyon Dam always requires a reduction in speed, and whenever you slow down you see things that otherwise might get overlooked. The low afternoon sun was lighting up the cliffs softly, and the surface of the water reflected the blue from the partly cloudy sky. Home would have to wait a few more minutes.

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REGENERATIVE Gold Butte, NV (2018)

I find life in the desert fascinating. In a place like Gold Butte, with its rugged and varied landscape, life contrasts with the surrounding inorganic earth, allowing the earth more equal time. The message: we are one. The same stuff that makes up the rocks and dust and water and air is what is inside all of us. Life is much younger than the rock surrounding it. Life is an unbroken chain spanning untold generations, linking their DNA together like a fire bucket brigade carrying liquid from a primordial swamp to the present. Living in the closed system of Earth, land and life give their substance to the future. May the fire never be extinguished.

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Pahranagat Sunset

After a long day of driving I pulled into the campground at the Pahranagat National Wildlife Preserve in eastern Nevada. The Pahranagat Valley is one of my favorite places, an actual oasis in the Mojave Desert created by water flowing from several springs. With the reflection of the lake and the intense colors of the sunset, the only thing I needed was something unique. This awesome lenticular cloud provided something different. I like to think it was hovering right over Area 51, which is in that general direction from where I was standing.

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PASSAGE Gold Butte, NV (2018)

Within a large sandstone outcropping is a place that has been visited and inhabited for many, many generations over the last 12,000 years. The remnants of a large village are still visible in this special place in Gold Butte, but not everything is apparent. Sometimes things lie just below the surface. This is why it is always best to visit with minimal impact in mind. Here, a secret place, a passage through the stone that piques the imagination and draws in the curious, is marked by the spirit guides. It is not necessary to pass through the stone to reach the lands beyond, but judging by the various inscriptions meant for fellow travelers, it was an option to be considered. Human imagination hasn't changed all that much.

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SUCCULLENT Corona del Mar, CA (2018)

I was born in Utah, and I have a deep love for the state, but also the entire southwest. Coming from the very dry deserts of Southern Utah I am always amazed by the gardens I find when I visit family in Southern California. Everything just looks so healthy, I think, because the conditions are so much more favorable - mild temperatures and a mist of water blowing in from the ocean conspire to create great beauty. This garden succulent was smiling at me when I made this image. I loved the contrast I found on the leaves and decided a black and white treatment would make me pretty happy.

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ANDROMEDA Torrey, UT (2018)

The Andromeda Galaxy (upper right in this image) is the most distant object in the night sky that is visible to the naked eye. It is 2.5 million light years away from Earth, and it is very large at around 220,000 light years in diameter. For comparison, this expressive pine tree near Torrey, Utah, was about 35 feet away and 20 feet in diameter. I had arrived at my camping spot at sundown and found this beautiful pine on the ridge above. I picked a spot that I would return to later, in the cold darkness, to make this image. I figured from the general direction (facing mostly east) I should have at least some of the Milky Way in my image. But being photo-bombed by Andromeda was serendipitous.

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RED MOUNTAIN Ivins, UT (2018)

Sometimes when you live somewhere and see the same scenery every day you can end up taking it for granted. But then every now and then conditions conspire — storm clouds gathered to make everything dull and gray, but just for a moment the sun peeked through just as it was setting. The combination of shadows and sunlight with reds and blues made me stop in my tracks. It was only there for a moment, and then it was gone.

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TENACIOUS Bryce Canyon (2018)

I think tenacity is one of the most important things in life. This pine, perched on the cliff edge at Bryce Canyon National Park, shows this to be true. The ground beneath its roots has eroded away, and the tops of the roots are now trampled daily by visitors, who for some reason are drawn to this tree. Life is strange. Life is hard. Life is beautiful.

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