"Oh, the red cruel deathly loveliness of the desert . . . The mute and timeless and implacable and sinister and incredible and heart-troubling mind-stunning canyons of the rich Colorado . . . Silences with glory, soaked in awe . . . A harsh cruel land, stark, naked beauty; terrible and deathly, untamed and untamable, lovelier than any song; a man's country."
"Drugged. I'm drugged, sense and mind, by desert thoughts, canyon thoughts. I've been thinking of the Colorado Plateau . . . Thinking of those great canyons, and of the terrible and grand and unearthly wilderness of rock that surrounds them, my nerves and brain get taut and sharp and hot . . . I've got to go there, be there, live there: it's become an obsession with me, a passion!"
Photos: Various scenes near Moab, UT. The pictographs are from the Archaic Barrier Canyon culture, ca. 5,000 B.C.E. - 500 A.D. All four photos were taken on April 23-25, 2016
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.