Passing through places I’ve never been I often find unexpected areas of beauty that lead to quiet reflection. This barn scene at Capitol Reef National Park was a place that caught me off guard on a day where I needed some time to think about myself and why I had been feeling the way I was. The serene meadow surrounded by the red rock cliffs was a perfect place for a time out among the horses and light traffic before heading up into the canyon for more adventures.
It was late in the day when I decided to hike the Lost Mine Trail at Big Bend National Park. It had been a day without a lot of physical exertion and it was set to stay that way with possible storms coming. I felt like I really needed to do it, so I got myself up and hiked very quickly up the gently steep trail. The views along the way were incredible as well, but the nice payoff at the end had me viewing into the canyons that surrounded me and past our campground. It was a beautiful feeling and I jogged down the trail back to my car after taking in the view for a few minutes.
One of the series I’m working on that I’m the most excited about is tentatively called “Leave Only Footprints,” which is taken from the slogan “Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints” that is often seen on signs throughout National Parks and other protected areas to try to reduce the damage done to nature. I have a large collection of photos of those footprints being left in the myriad beautiful places our legs have been gracious enough to carry us thus far. I’ll be sharing more in the near future. This particular photo is from a hike in Ding and Dang Canyons in the San Rafael Swell in Utah. I won’t even get into how much I adore hiking slot canyons right now, but this was one of the best experiences I’ve had in one. I can’t wait to get back.