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Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 8

 

Day 8 – Humbled by the gift of outstanding beauty in the magnificent landscapes of the southwest. There’s a reason they are made into monuments and parks!

Celebrate the grandeur!

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Precious Utah Monuments Reduced

The above picture is a taste of what we’ll lose with the sad news about Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument and the new Bears Ears National Monument. I don’t typically post a lot of dialogue about politics or religion, but I can’t hold back when it comes to protecting the environment. The environment where I go to heal, and where I go to make photographs to share that might uplift those that can’t get there. Money made from these pictures is not the main issue here. It’s about common sense and respecting the value of nature and the need for wildness on all levels. 

After so much hard work by various groups to convince the previous government of the beauty of these national treasures, it’s now unraveling before our eyes. I took a look at the map link I found on the Patagonia twitter feed. It’s hard to tell with the interactive map in the way it shows the shrinking boundaries, but it looks pretty darn close to where this arch was photographed. I can’t imagine being there in the near future  and seeing natural gas pavilions or pump-jacks or anything man-made in this area. I can’t imagine being there and hearing truck traffic or the hiss or pressure valves releasing instead of the silence or the wind.

These two places may be beyond most peoples’ radar, if they haven’t visited them. Utah itself is beyond many peoples’ radar, if they haven’t witnessed the beauty and uniqueness of the state. I get it. It can be hard to connect with the importance of an event like this when you don’t have first-hand experiences there. But if anyone has benefitted from being out in nature anywhere, they know how recharged they feel from all the fresh air, from the peace and solitude, from the adventure. Imagine your favorite getaway being taken away, or filled with the sounds of man, instead of the wind and birdsong in your ears.

It may seem hopeless in the moment, ‘I’m just one voice’ you might be thinking, but together, we can make a difference. Just about every environmental organization is suing. Please add your voice and more where you can. Because not just these two parks are at stake. Depending on the outcome of this major event, even more precious wild land could be lost. 

Thanks for visiting, for letting me share my concerns of my heart in this situation.

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Modern Art

I’ve been teaching a workshop in Tucson this past week for Madeline Island School of Arts (MISA) and having a great time. I love how the students inspire me when I’m working to inspire them! Our last day today, we went for a walk-about in the Barrio Viejo, the old part of Tucson, which is buried by the surrounding sprawl of modernity. But here, the old west survives in the artful care of home owners, who paint their doors and trim different colors, put wonderful flowers outside that contrast with the wall colors, and in general add art to the neighborhood.

Yet despite the updated homes, there are a lot of places that are vacant, or in need of restoration, and our meeting spot had a wall of corrugated metal pieces that were in various stages of rusting mixed with new pieces. The patchwork was very interesting. After I got the group going and their creative juices began to flow, they wandered on their own, and I spotted this piece of metal that was dimpled and pitted. I like the way it caught the blue of sky in areas; that added a neat color design to it. From a simple piece of metal, comes art, and I love it when that happens!

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Grace and Beauty

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I’m on an Alaska theme currently – but that’s because I’m editing my huge collection of images from all my past photo tours I’ve led on the M/V Delphinus with Dolphin Charters. It’s been an incredible journey – the whole of it – in all parts of southeast Alaska, aka the Inside Passage, since 2007!

One year, on our last day, we were heading towards Juneau, Continue reading »

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