Reach For The Sky

Utah Juniper reaches for the Milky Way.Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Morning, Mesa Arch

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

A Portrait of Time

A Portrait of TimeBalanced Rock, Arches National Park, UtahThe size of three school buses, Balanced Rock appears to be precariously perched on its pedestal. The red sandstone landform has eroded over millions of years.

Salt Valley

A Utah Juniper overlooks Salt Valley in Arches National Park. I illuminated the foreground during a 30 second exposure using a flashlight. "Arches National Park lies atop an underground salt bed called the "Paradox Formation" which is responsible for the arches, spires, balanced rocks, fins and eroded monoliths common throughout the park. Thousands of feet thick in places, the Paradox Formation was deposited over 300 million years ago when seas flowed into the region and eventually evaporated. Over millions of years, the salt bed was covered with the residue of floods and winds as the oceans returned and evaporated again and again. Much of this debris was cemented into rock. At one time this overlying layer of rock may have been more than a mile thick.Salt under pressure is unstable, and the salt bed below Arches began to flow under the weight of the overlying sandstones. This movement caused the surface rock to buckle and shift, thrusting some sections upward into domes, dropping others into surrounding cavities, and causing vertical cracks which would later contribute to the development of arches."

La Sal Panorama

The La Sal MountainsArches National Park, Utah

Terra Incognita

Canyonlands National Park, UtahThis is that special kind of light.

Blue Hour Begins

The Milky Way begins to vanish at the onset of morning twilight. Canyonlands National Park, Utah

The High Desert at Night

Canyonlands National Park, Utah Light-painted foreground.

Grand View Point at Night

Grand View Point Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Through Mesa Arch

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Alien Lands

Arches National Park, Utah