Following an old CCC trail up into the Tepees I found this amazing location. In the morning light, this mesa looked like neopolitan ice cream. The geology and pre-history of this place amazes me! I crossed 4 million years of geological time to get to this area that represents an old river channel from more than 223 million years ago. "Early" dinosaur bones are scattered throughout these grounds, leading paleontologists to call this place is called the "Dying Grounds".
As I sat up on this sandstone watching the stars, I experience a magical night - where the memories are more important than the pictures. I can't describe the quiet, stillness I felt sitting there in as the moonlight illuminated the white landscape and was absorbed by the blacks in the valleys. As the sun sat, the bats came out and swooped right in front of my face; the only movement from wildlife I witnessed. No bugs, coyotes, mosquitoes, or anything else. As if I was alone in the world, yet I felt so small under the big sky.
This image was shot during my tenure as resident artist in the "Artist in Residence" program at Petrified Forest National Park.
August 3rd, 2015
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