Focus: Southwestern US.

My wife and I love our trips to the American Southwest and prior to going we have a tendency to immerse ourselves in literature about the area. Before our last trip, we read (together aloud) Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, and I got into Edward S. Curtis' pictures of the North American Indian and fantasized about finding one of Curtis' prints in a thrift store. Here are some images from these trips and I encourage anyone who enjoys dark skies at night, incredible geology and fascinating history to go.

 Kasha-Katuwe Tent rocks outside Santa Fe, NM on Cochiti Pueblo/BLM lands.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent rocks outside Santa Fe, NM on Cochiti Pueblo/BLM lands.

 Evening in Arches National Park. Silhouette of Balanced Rock.

Evening in Arches National Park. Silhouette of Balanced Rock.

 Juniper Tree in Arches National Park.

Juniper Tree in Arches National Park.

 Evening at Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park.

Evening at Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park.

 Moon over Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park. Though a similar version appears on this website,  this 35mm frame highlights the cliff itself. 

Moon over Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park. Though a similar version appears on this website,  this 35mm frame highlights the cliff itself. 

 Channeling Ansel Adams at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church   in Taos. The pigeons being cooperative in this particular moment.

Channeling Ansel Adams at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church in Taos. The pigeons being cooperative in this particular moment.

 San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Taos, NM

San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Taos, NM