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Drive-in theaters are among the last holdouts from a time when entertainment centers sported convertible tops (and the best action might be in the car parked next to yours).

Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response. —Arthur M. Schlesinger
Posted in Landscape, Photography, Southwest US

Spirit Winds

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Four Corners is the only location in the United States where the borders of four states meet. Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico. Native peoples have lived in this area over thousands of years, yet it remains scarcely populated. During my brief visits I’ve felt its remoteness, especially at Hovenweep (above), and the loneliness at Ship Rock. There is beauty in every direction, but it can be hard-earned.

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I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair. —Evel Knievel
Posted in Landscape, Nature, Photography, Southwest US

Butler Wash

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The day after hiking to Monarch Cave, Ulrich and I drove north and west to access a hiking trail into one of the small canyons in the Butler Wash area. The weather, as it had at Monarch, threatened, but held off until we’d returned to the truck.

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Curves attracted my eye on this day; is it debris, or design?

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Posted in Architecture, Photography, Southwest US, Utah

Monarch Cave

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The remains of Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings are tucked into the narrow canyons near Bluff, Utah, like stone secrets. Among these, Monarch Cave is one of the more attractive and accessible sites.

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As Ulrich and I made our modern pictures, we were the latest link in a centuries-old chain of visual expression.

I think a painting is more like the real world if it’s made
out of the real world. —Robert Rauschenberg

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Posted in Landscape, Photography, Southwest US, Travel, Utah

Recapture Pocket

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The little town of Bluff, Utah, is one of my favorite places in the Southwest—I could devote an entire trip to the area and discover but a fraction of the surrounding landscape. Add in  friendly people, a variety of lodging (or camping), a good coffeehouse…and it’s pretty hard to beat.

Recapture Pocket is a small area about ten miles away from town; half on paved highway, half on a bumpy sometimes-4WD-track. Get directions at the Bluff Fort Visitors Center before you go out.

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Posted in Close-Up & Macro, Forces of Nature, Photography, Plant Life, Weather, winter

Beautifully Brutal

or-1218-2016-131-on1Winter’s bullied the Willamette Valley this season, slapping us with snow, ice, and inconvenience.

or-1218-2016-044In December, freezing rain brought widespread power outages; the damage to trees, especially the oaks, epitomized a brutal side of nature. A lesser storm iced the roads again this week, while another brief round may arrive tomorrow.

or-1218-2016-053-on1Meanwhile, the temperature in Wisdom, Montana, fell to -46°F the other day.

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people. —Bill Bowerman