Any square mile of territory around Boulder, Utah generally encompases more scenery than the average nation. The Gulch, about 10 miles east of Boulder, is a gentle slickrock canyon with a permanent stream that makes its way to the Escalante River. Leaving the Burr Trail, you can stroll for miles through a relaxing cottonwood park. The lower portion of the canyon changes to a narrows with some steep cliffs and overhangs. The stream is the only pathway, so it is definitely a watershoe experience.
This is the second series of photographs of the hidden arroyo in Abiquiu, New Mexico. They demonstrate the aspect of the southwest that I love the most: freedom from the tyranny of vegetation. Most people in the United States live in areas with abundant trees, or they plant patches of trees to replicate forests. Their idyllic location is a rustic cabin in a deep woods with a stream running by, the environment codified by Thomas Kinkaid. The reaction of easterners to the southwest desert is usually "there's nothing here." After forty years in New Mexico, I've come to appreciate places with no trees. Nothing obscures the view, mosquitoes don't exist and there's no chance of being incinerated in a forest fire. This exhibit celebrates the beauty of bare rocks.
Pawnee Peak is another great Colorado hike that seems to compress a universe of experience into a relatively short journey (9 miles round trip, 2463' elevation gain). The subjects in these photographs range from the microscopic to the infinite. Starting from the Long Lake Trailhead in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, you pass through dense forest filled with wildflowers on the way to Lake Isabelle. Then the trail climbs through an alpine environment of small lakes and streams to Pawnee Pass (12,541') at the continental divide. Off-trail hiking over talus and another 300' climb brings you to Pawnee Peak with spectacular views of the Blue Lakes, Mount Audubon and Mount Toll.
This is the third installment of Strange Sights, this time mainly 35 mm monochrome images. The exhibit collects un-retouched photographs of natural locations that look unnatural. Without their defining surroundings, the images may be surprising and perhaps even unnerving. On the other hand, the absence of context gives an opportunity to sense their abstract beauty.
Iguazu Falls on the Argentina-Brazil border is a place of superlatives. Depending on the water flow, between 150 to 300 waterfalls spanning a distance of 1.7 miles tumble over the Parana Plateau. The vertical drop reaches 270 feet. Although millions of people visit the site each year, the well-designed park on the Argentine side makes it possible to get a sense of past wilderness. By a choice of view lines, judicious leaning and some work with the clone brush, the images of this exhibit show an environment before crowds. Imagine that space visitors in 1491 left a stash of digital images behind. For reference, I included a photo taken in 2013 at the end.
Southwest-Gallery videos capture the essence of remote locations in the American Southwest. Bach selections combine with monochrome and color images of destinations untouched by human activity to create a meditative experience. (southwest-gallery.com)