Colorado River Horseshoe Bend Grand Canyon

Western United States Nature

Sometimes a documentary photographer needs to mix it up a bit from taking portraits to set off into the wilderness in an attempt to make soulful images that have been sitting deep in his bucket for years gathering dust. Over the past week and a half I did just that. This summer’s vacation started out with a flight into Las Vegas where my wife and I spent two evenings eating world class food and watching club bound models balance in what looked more like stilts than heels. The stay was short and we quickly traded in the neon lit strip of extravagance for sleeping on the ground under star-filled evenings that illuminated the vast red sandstone desert. The Western United States has always intrigued me since it is the antonym to my normal outdoor theater where I grew up which is green with humidity and views obscured by lush trees. The west is a world silent from night time cicadas, temperatures that fluctuate from 111 degrees to literally half that within hours and vistas that seem endless.  

This was my second time traveling out west and since that first visit to Zion and the Grand Canyon I have always wanted to return and photograph a few things that I missed on my inaugural trip. This time I managed to check off a few items from that bucket list which included being deep in the the bowels of two slot canyons as well as feeling microscopic under the glowing arch of the Milky Way - both of which I feel blessed to and super thankful to have experienced. Those items and others have already been replaced with new ones so I must keep the adventures going, but for now, back to my home where I will continue capturing peoples special moments and sharing in their joy.

The Subway Zion National Park Utah Canyoneering in The Subway in Utah's Zion National Park. Lightning North Rim Grand Canyon Arizona Dodging weather at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Rainbow North Rim Grand Canyon Arizona Dodging weather at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Grand Canyon Railway Railroad Tourism The Grand Canyon railroad off of Route 66 just south of the park. Angels Window North Rim Grand Canyon Arizona Ascending Angel's Landing in Utah's Zion National Park. The Subway Zion National Park Utah Angels Landing Canyoneering in Utah's Zion National Park and Buckskin Gulch. Angels Landing Zion National Park Utah Ascending Angel's Landing in Utah's Zion National Park Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Buckskin Gulch Slot Canyon Utah Canyoneering in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's Buckskin Gulch slot canyon. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Buckskin Gulch Slot Canyon Utah Looking for petroglyphs in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's Buckskin Gulch slot canyon. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Buckskin Gulch Slot Canyon Utah Canyoneering in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's Buckskin Gulch slot canyon. Antelope Slot Canyon Page Arizona Navajo Following a Navajo guide through the iconic Antelope slot canyon in Page, Arizona.  Antelope Slot Canyon Page Arizona Navajo Leftover debris from a recent flood in the Lower Antelope slot canyon in Page, Arizona.  Antelope Slot Canyon Page Arizona Navajo Details of a wall in the lower Antelope slot canyon in Page, Arizona.  Angels Landing Zion National Park Utah Ascending Angel's Landing in Utah's Zion National Park. Zion National Park Utah Milky Way Stars Astro Photography Nightscape images under the stars and Milky Way while boondocking in the Utah desert.