In one of my favorite books, Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey notes one of the reasons he likes the desert so much is because the plant and animal life must live in such a precarious balance to survive. There’s a certain amount of admiration and respect due to environments that demand we make due with very little. For this week’s photo challenge, I’ve picked the spare landscape of Monument Valley.
Its iconic imagery was inspiring, but the true highlight of the trip was the private guided horseback ride. Once back in a Canyon, the guide shared how a warrant was out for his arrest, so he couldn’t leave the reservation. Needless to say, I made it out alive and also enjoyed the stories he told about his family, especially his medicine man grandfather.