The commercial strip v. the National Monuments – a request for stay of execution

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
On the executioner’s block: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

It is already true that one can be dropped on any commercial strip in the USA and have no idea where they are. Each is so much the same, so not unique, that Chattanooga and Bakersfield look much the same. We have eradicated the prairies, slaughtered the forests, and filled the wetlands, must we also quash the individuality of the national monuments and make them conform to the ideals of capitalism, consumerism, and corporate expansion? What of calm, contentment, and courage to step outside of the box, to appreciate the subtle realm of time, space, and light that is not under our control? Where will we go for peace when we have used up all that is wild?

You have seen my photos over the last year. Many of those photos were taken in national monuments (including the two on this page). If you enjoyed my meager attempts at conveying the intensity of these landscapes, you will enjoy this (free ebook) photographic journey through the national monuments by exquisite landscape photographers

http://landalmostlost.com/

And, I hope you will send comments in support of retaining the national monuments.

 https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001

Stay the executions.

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

 

Sticks and stones

legendary-3219
Sunrise in the town of Joshua Tree, complete with Airstream.
legendary-7480
Sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park. Rock on.
legendary-7462
Sticks and stones.
legendary-7486
Hiding in the rocks.
legendary-7501
Spectacular Joshua Tree.
legendary-7514
Eternal rock.
legendary-7473
Everything in the desert is spiky, pokey, and sharp.

 

2015 in the rearview

Each year about this time I send a review of the year in photos I’ve taken along the way to people I know and love. It’s my annual Solstice letter without all the words, short and sweet. Below is this year’s installment. I offer this with gratitude for the people I do not yet know and love but who find the energy to spend time with me here. I hope it takes you on roads you have not taken enough this year.

Winter self-portrait

Walla Walla impossible green

b DSC_0006 2

Mount Hood through the oaks of Washington

c DSC_0014

Blue and yellow make green

d DSC_0040 3

Desert virga, California

e DSC_0074 2

Dragonfly, North Dakota

f DSC_0025-Ed

Full circle, North Dakota

Travelers: Monarch butterfly, tamarisk, and the Cimarron River, Oklahoma

Evening glow, California

Grizzly River bowl, California

j DSC_0208

Crater Lake morning, Oregon

 

Fire sunset, Steens Mountain, Oregon

m DSC_0343

Mars-wanna-be, the Sun, during fire season on planet Earth

l DSC_0027

Indian Beach, Oregon

Saddle Mountain, Oregon

n IMG_1292 ed