Hondu Arch

I once heard that you could picture the landscape in Utah by imagining that someone had turned Dr. Seuss loose with a backhoe. That remark has stayed with me because it is so apt.

I left the family farm in Emery County, Utah about 35 years ago and it’s funny but I still get homesick.  In spite of occasional visits and in spite of the fact that Arizona has also certainly become a home for me, I still miss the deserts of that part of Utah.  Something about the place gets under your skin.  You can never really leave it (or perhaps it will never really leave you).

Here is one of my landscape photographs from the last visit in July.  In this photo I set out to capture the place in a way that represents how I relate to it.  That’s why it’s a Panoramic – wide format is the only way to express the sheer scope of the place.

One of most striking things about that part of Utah is the diversity of color in the landscape.  I don’t know of any place with so many colors.  This location is especially blessed because it’s dominated by layers of rock with the names like Curtis Sandstone, Kayenta Sandstone, Morrison Formation, Chinle Formation, Ferron Formation Cedar Mountain Formation and more.  Each layer is a completely different color: buff, white, deep red, pink, purple grey, blue.  The photograph was taken so as to show off the colors as they appear under a bright mid-day sun when they are especially saturated.

The location is Hondu Arch and McKay Flat in the San Rafael Swell.  It’s at the end of a long, rough jeep trail somewhere to the south of Interstate 70.  It’s more or less equidistant from the towns of Emery, Green River and Hanksville, Utah.

Imagine how this colorful photograph would look hanging on your wall.  It’s a panorama and it can be printed in huge sizes.  Click here to go to my store.

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