For all of the years I have been photographing the Colorado Plateau, there are two thoughts that come quickly to mind: I never, ever tire of seeing the land; and it’s almost always an matter of perspective.

I am constantly surprised to top some hill or go around some turn in the landscape and discover a view that stops me in my tracks. The physical geology and its relationships is constantly presenting itself in ways that I have never seen before and I’m given a completely new perspective of how this land “fits together”. And often it is the light that helps create the effect.

On an overcast and stormy October day as I crossed over the shoulder of Boulder Mountain between Boulder City and Torrey, Utah the sky opened long enough for the beams to help highlight what I instantly recognized to be Long Canyon, with the Burr Trail running through its length, yet from a perspective I had never previously observed. This beautiful gash on the face of the Earth will eventually empty into the drainage of the Escalante River.

Then I realized that I was also seeing the Henry Mountains in the distance from a perspective that was completely novel for me, as a passing shower washed the desert toward Bullfrog and Hite; and it was the contrast between the overshadowed foreground and the land beyond that encouraged the recognition.

A focal length of 300mm allowed me the reach out for magnification and compression and a narrowed angle-of-view. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field from the camera-to-subject distance; and a shutter speed of 1/40th second at ISO 200 gave me an overall somewhat darker-than-medium exposure.

Within this Image are some great examples of our wonderful public lands. How could we ever allow this Beauty to be compromised for the sake of money?