The Moab area has many locations to explore. Like most destinations there are attractions, that are indeed beautiful, but that do attract many other visitors. I had the priceless fortune to visit this area several times while I was attending Colorado Rocky Mountain School as a teenager in the the early 70s. The school put together backpacking trips every spring and fall, and for three years they piled everyone in cattle trucks and took us into the area. Imagine visiting the canyons and arches when for a week you would not see a soul. Imagine feeling the spirits of the ancients, being able to visit the dwellings and still seeing pottery laying around everywhere untouched. Imagine doing solo trips in deep remote canyons where clear cool water flowed and formed deep swimming holes for cooling off in the heat of the afternoon. I am grateful. The beauty is still the same and can be enjoyed without seeing too many people if you are willing to get out before dawn to the destination locations and in the afternoons, venture out to places that are off the beaten path.
The trip when most of these images were taken is a deeply personal time for me. It was a time when my sweet mom was making her transition out, I was never as close to her as when I was during those days, close in my heart where she still resides. I could feel her with me, seeing through my eyes the compositions that follow in this gallery. I created them for her.
Clicking the images below will take you to the product page for that photograph where you can view a high resolution version of the photo. If you would like to purchase archival prints of any of the photographs you can do so from that page. If clicking doesn't redirect you to a product page the print is not available to purchase but I might still be able to do a custom print for you. I can also print most of these images very large with my large format printer. Please feel free to contact me if interested.