The Utah desert may appear barren, but if you look closer you’ll see that life finds a way, sometimes clinging to the walls of a canyon. I was hiking back to the truck at the end of a shoot, and happened across this scene on the side of canyon. The sun was setting and light fading, so I only had time for a quick hand-held shot (and dinner was waiting too!), yet it captures the magic of the southwest.
First of all, Moab is a terrible, ugly place that no one should ever visit – certainly not the hordes of people loving Arches National Park to death :-).
Seriously, it’s an amazing location, with iconic scenery – you can almost see the Duke as he rides across the skyline. We were there for the very last Moab Photo Symposium a couple of weeks back, and as we drove through the canyon, the fog and clouds rolled in. I pulled off the side of the road and grabbed a couple of quick shots in the rain – the way the fog highlights the depth of the canyon really caught my eye.
For the Friday photo this week, we head back to Moab, then south to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. The workshop my Dad and I were on took us to the Dugout Ranch, where we met Heidi – every bit the archetypal western rancher. She was kind enough to let us shoot around her ranch – this is just one of a really cool series of images of this iconic area.