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"Despite its clarity and simplicity, the desert wears at the same time, paradoxically, a veil of mystery. Motionless and silent it evokes in us an elusive hint of something unknown, unknowable, about to be revealed."

From DESERT SOLITAIRE , by Edward Abbey.

After a rather bumpy ride up Cottonwood Canyon Road into the Grand Staircase - Escalante region of southeastern Utah, we arrived at Grosvenor Arch. It's hard to get a sense of its size from this photo, though the tree in the foreground was about 40 feet tall and was dwarfed by the arch. This is just about the only specific sight of note on what is otherwise a fairly scenic, but rugged, drive north into this region. I made that drive with some friends on my first day of a photo trip last March - what a great way to get immersed in the landscape!

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There are several nature writers whose work I really enjoy reading, including Edward Abbey, Barry Lopez, Joseph Wood Krutch, and Henry David Thoreau and Everett Ruess. To see a list of their writings, please visit the Natural Escape Writer's page, and spend some time browsing through the titles.

"The rare moment is not the moment when there is something worth looking at, but the moment when we are capable of seeing. I shall not delude myself into thinking that at this moment the fauna and flora of the desert are "coming to perfection." I know that if they seem fascinating and beautiful it is because I am ready to look, not because they are more ready to be looked at."

From THE DESERT YEAR by Joseph Wood Krutch

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This image is one of my favorites - certainly among the top five that I have taken. Walking along Calf Creek, which flows through the base of a canyon that leads to Calf Creek Falls in southeastern Utah, we turned a corner and saw this magnificent reflection on a bright spring day. The best part is that it actually looked this way - just like a postcard. To me, it conveys both the grand scale and the peaceful beauty of the area.

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