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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Reminder



Hiking during winter in the remote deserts of Utah can leave you with an impression of "What's the big deal!" The cool winter temperatures and relatively flat terrain make mile after mile of long hikes seemingly fly by. Easy! That is until something catches your eye, something unmistakably once alive.


One of many reasons why I love the desert is the ability to seek solitude unlike anywhere else on the planet. Being out in the great vastness, feeling that you are the only person on the planet, alone yet peaceful. During the winter months the solitude is even easier to find. Away from the crowds of summer and free to wander anywhere you want without a care. At least for the most part.


Hiking to one of many slot canyons in Southern Utah the mild weather aloud for a quick pace and time to stop and look at whatever caught my interest. Amazing rock formations, gnarly junipers, and then this completely stopped me in my tracks. The skull of a cow left as a reminder that given the right conditions this place is an inhospitable and unforgiving place, not to be taken for granted!


Nature photography by Nick Oman Photography