INTERIOR WEST concentrates on life at the edge of wilderness in the mountain west, where man and landscape shape each other, physically and spiritually. Views from a vastness that is the Great Basin, Rocky Mountains, and Colorado Plateau.
- Balanced rock near the Colorado River in northern Arizona on the Colorado Plateau.
These places are mostly high desert, 4,300’ to 14,000’ above sea-level. It is very dry, it hardly rains but snows heavy in the mountains.
- Cottonwood camp spot in Buckhorn Wash in the San Rafeal Swell, Utah.
12,000 years ago the Clovis moved into caves along Lake Bonneville, a now gone, enormous ice-age lake in the Great Basin. They invented their own spear points and hunted mammoths. 1,500 years ago the Fremont indians dry-farmed corn, built granaries, and left pictographic stories on the canyon walls.
- Petroglyphs are often target practice. This panel dipicts horses and appears to be made by anglos. Near the Green River by Jensen, Utah.
400 years ago Spanish missionaries introduced horses, christ, and a human traffic market. 160 years ago, escaping persecution, the Mormons claimed chunks of Utah Territory and began to build an empire in this raw wilderness. Then the railroads came.
- Battle Mountain, Nevada. Off of Interstate 70.
For millions of years upheavals in the earth’s crust, enormous volcanoes, and a couple ice-ages have shaped this monolithic landscape.
- Steam rising from the Valmy coal fired power station in Valmy, Nevada. Great Basin.
Out of order payphone at the Green River campground. Dinosaur National Monument, Jensen, Utah.
Private property on a mining claim. Mill D, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Utah.
A shoe tree off of Highway 50 near Austin, Nevada. Great Basin.
From Bells Canyon looking west towards the Oquirrh Mountains wildfire haze filters the remaining light of the day. Bells Canyon was shaped by glaciers which melted and help create Lake Bonneville, a now gone enormous ice-age lake. Lone Peak Wilderness, Wasatch Front, Utah.
Snowpack on July 3 in the Red Pine cirque. White Baldy peak towers above Red Pine Lake and granite talus slopes. Big Cottonwood Canyon, Lone Peak Wilderness, Utah.
Whitehouse Ruins. Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Arizona.
Hunter coal-fired power plant, Castle Dale, Utah. The power plant sits on the edge of the Wasatch Plateau and the Colorado Plateau. Coal is easily mined near by.
A coal seam exposed in the Price Canyon off of Highway 6 in Carbon County, Utah.
Looking north up the Colorado River from Navajo Bridge on the Navajo Nation, Arizona.
A storage cave in a granite cliff at the site of the Upper LDS Temple Granite Quarry in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. The church quarried granite from this site for 40 years to build the walls of the Salt Lake Temple. It took three to four days to carry the stone the 20 miles to downtown Salt Lake City. With the advent of the railroad, stones could be moved to the temple grounds in four hours.
Juke Box Cave is gated off in the Silver Island Range, Wendover, Utah. Post ice-age cave with 12,000 years of human inhabitants.
Moesser Granary was one of the first modern structures built in the western Salt Lake Valley. In 2014, the structure was preserved and moved to a historic pioneer crossing on the Jordan River Parkway Trail, Utah.
Sundial Peak, Lake Blanche and 4 deer. Wildfires in the area have created a haze that diffuses the light while adding a warm color to this scene. Amazing ice-age glacial activity in this tributary to Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. Twin Peaks Wilderness. Wasatch Range.
Glacial moraine and talus in Dry Fork Canyon, Lone Peak Wilderness, Wasatch Range, Utah. Utah Lake is seen in the distance.
Big Cottonwood Canyon, Twin Peaks Wilderness, Wasatch Range, Utah.
A 2,000 year old Bristlecone pine tree growing at 11,000' in the glacier moraine near Wheeler Peak. Great Basin National Park, Nevada.
Heavy brush near the fork of the Paria and Colorado rivers. Northern Colorado Plateau, Arizona.
Petroglyphs along Interstate 70 in the Fremont Indian State Park, Utah.
A bison grazing at Antelope Island State Park at the Great Salt Lake, Utah.
A campground in the High Uinta Wilderness. Utah.
Little Cottonwood Canyon road and the Salt Lake Valley, Utah. Wasatch Range.
The last remaining dwelling on former FLDS leader Rulon Jeffs’ 4.5 acre compound sits at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The compound included a school: Alta Academy. Rulon’s son, Warren Jeffs, was the principal and a teacher at the school for 22 years. The academy's motto was, "perfect obedience produces perfect faith.''
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.
The Green River at Dinosaur National Monument, Jensen, Utah.
Pony Express Trail Marker near Ely, Nevada in the Great Basin.
Lee's Fort near Lee's Ferry boat ramp on the Colorado River near Page, Arizona. This area on the Colorado River was one of the few places Native Americans, Spanish and early settlers could cross the river.
A talus slope. Boulders the size of VW beetle. Twin Peaks WIlderness. Utah.
Jagged edges lined with drill holes and scaffold supports reveal the efforts of past Temple quarrymen at the Upper LDS Temple Granite Quarry in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.
Lee's Ferry Campground in Marble Canyon, Arizona.
Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument near Canyonlands, Utah. The petroglyphs were carved by Native Americans during both the prehistoric and historic periods. Colorado Plateau.
Spider Rock in Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Navajo Nation, Arizona. Canyon De Chelly is one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America.
Cardiff Fork silver mine rock sorter sits above a dry creek bed. Mill D, Big Cottonwood Canyon mining district. Wasatch Range. Utah.
Floating Island near Silver Island Range, Utah. As ice-age Lake Bonneville dried up it left shoreline erosion markings, terraces, on the landscape in the Great Basin.
Calcium carbonate tufa deposits coat the shorelines of Pleistocene Lake Bonneville near the west side of the Silver Island Range near the Nevada-Utah border.
Pilot Peak, 10,719', in the Pilot Range, Nevada.
Glaciated granite peak, the Pfeifferhorn, 11,326'. Lone Peak Wilderness, Wasatch Range, Utah.
It can take 2,000 years for Bristlecone pine tree to decay. Great Basin National Park, Nevada.
Some of these bristlecone pine trees have been alive since Egypt built pyramids. This one survived a wildfire. Great Basin National Park, Nevada.
Bristlecone pine tree in the Wasatch Range. Utah.
The north face of Twin Peaks from Broads Fork meadow. Snowpack can linger all summer. Twin Peak Wilderness, Wasatch Range, Utah.
The San Rafael River has eroded the Black Box Canyon for 40 million years. San Rafael Swell, Utah.
Wheeler Peak, glacier, and cirque in the Great Basin National Park, Nevada.
Buckhorn Wash pictograph panel, San Rafael Swell, Utah. Some pictographs here are over 2,000 years old. Due to being near the Spanish Trail this panel has been vandalized over the years. The State of Utah has restored the panel. Someone has pierced holes in the heads and genitals of the figures.
Tushar Range, Utah.
Huntington coal-fired power plant, Wasatch Plateau, Utah.
Green River campground, Dinosaur National Monument, Utah.
The snowpack above 8,000' is vital to the humans in the valley below. A young aspen grove in the snow pack in Mineral Fork cirque, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Lone Peak Wilderness, Utah.
Poor air quality is seen from the Traverse Ridge road near Draper, Utah. This suburban neighborhood is nestled between the Wasatch Fault and the Lake Bonneville Shoreline.
Poorwills in the Wasatch Front. Utah.
Mountain Pine Beetles are wiping out forests in the Rocky Mountains. A decaying Douglas Fir in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Utah.
Bristlecone Pine tree in the Great Basin National Park, Nevada.
A twisted cottonwood near the Spanish Trail in Buckhorn Wash, San Rafael Swell, Utah.