Rock Wall, Starlight Canyon, Utah, 2009 Cockscomb, Cottonwood Canyon, Utah 2009 Waterfall, Starlight Canyon, Utah, 2009 Granary, North Fork of Mule Canyon, Utah, 2009 Owls, Starlight Canyon, Utah 2009 Storm Over Goblin, Utah, 2009 Trials Bring Blessings, Escalante Mountains, Utah, 2009 The Sand King, Lower Cottonwood Canyon Road, Paria, Utah, 2009 Cabin Window, Old Pahreah Ghost Town, Utah, 2009 Cabin, Old Pahreah Ghost Town, Utah, 2001 Spire, Kodachrome Basin, Utah, 2009 Goosenecks State Park, Utah, 2009 Blue Sky Over Goblin Valley, Utah, 2009 Goblin Valley, Utah, 2009 Escalante Hills, Utah, 2002 Stone Dancer, Goblin Valley, Utah, 2009 Cottonwood Canyon Road, Escalante, Utah, 2003 The Cockscomb, Cottonwood Canyon Road, Paria, Utah, 2009 Sunlit Spire, Bryce Canyon, Utah, 2009 Burl, Bryce Canyon, Utah, 2009 Three Kings, Goblin State Park, Utah, 2009 Bighorn, Grand Canyon, 2005 Butterfly, Grand Canyon, 2005 Gallery, Photography, Places, Southwest, United StatesSouthwestern US By west, I mean everything west of Denver. Most of these photos are taken in the US southwest, in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, and up the coast in Oregon and Washington into Vancouver. I wish I’d had the opportunity to get to Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, but I have not made it back there in the decades since I starting taking photographs. Perhaps I’ll make that pilgrimage during my retirement. It’s the openness of the western landscape that I love. Sky that big is not easy to come by on the East coast, until you reach the Atlantic, and it’s almost impossible to find on the continent (though Andalucia offers an exception). If driving is a meditation and refuge for me, then “Next services 320 mile” signs are its psalms. Though I must admit that driving now is less fun than it used to be, without enormous wolf dogs in the back of the track (and their absence also makes me feel less safe on highways, the favorite stalking ground of the western American serial killer). Still, I can’t keep away, and every time I make it back to the states I borrow my dad’s Toyota truck and head out to the hinterland.