Ranger Kathryn's Arches

January 14, 2012

What we refuse to destroy

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January sunset, Sand Flats Recreation Area, Moab, UT

“In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but what we refuse to destroy.”   — John Sawhill

I’ve been thinking about this quote for a couple of days. Every time we cut down forest for development, drain marshland for a new neighborhood, or pave a parking lot instead of leaving green space, we are destroying something that is difficult or impossible to reclaim. When I found Canyonlands National Park on Lonely Planet’s list, “The World’s Most Surreal Landscapes,” my heart jumped for joy. Others realize what a unique and stunning location this is. By managing wilderness as responsibly as we can, we are preserving it unimpaired for generations to come. Thank you for lifting your voice, or your pen, or your checkbook, in support of wilderness. It is my hope that you will visit a wild place at the soonest opportunity. Your soul will benefit.

March 7, 2010

Mists engulf The Windows

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At the Garden of Eden; winter mists

As I drove northward to my next duty assignment, I spied a heavy blanket of mists swirling through and around The Windows. Putting pedal to the metal, I bee-lined it with my camera un-pouched and ready. The Windows section is our most surreal neighborhood in the park even in sunny weather, but I invite you to see what happens when winter rainstorms and humidity swirl through. Click on any photo to enlarge.

Drink water! Even in March! Ranger Kathryn demonstrates.

Rainbow, 5 pm, over my house

Turret Arch from Balanced Rock, in winter mists

Ham Rock

Garden of Eden; midday 3/7/10

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