Images from the American Rockies and Southwest

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– Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Arizona –



Why Gods’ Country

I’ll never forget the first time I walked through the Narrows at Zion National Park in Utah. The walls were impossibly tall. Rocks shifted between color and shapes in the blink of an eye, as if they were composed of some fantastical element. In some places, there were chambers that were completely hidden from eyesight and I imagined what would be like to spend the rest of one’s life in one of these. I remember feeling like I was not walking in any natural place; rather, I was wandering through the bowels of some great sleeping god.

The American Southwest is one of the most unique places on Earth. The landscapes here are unlike anything else that I have ever seen and it doesn’t surprise me at all when I hear about all of the painters and poets that have been inspired by it as well. It doesn’t surprise me either why the Mormon movement chose this land to be their new Israel.

But the Southwest shouldn’t belong to solely one group or one God for that matter. It is a place where gods ought to roam wild and be able to find their own holy corner, be it a canyon, a river, or a lonely sagebrush. There is just too much beauty for one supreme being to claim for themselves and too many people who love it here.