Snapshots from the American West Between Mountain Ranges – a Road Trip West of the Mountains The Cascade Mountains divide the states of Oregon and Washington in a way that no national boundary could. On the western side of the Cascade Mountains, one finds lush forests and large, verdant plots of farmland. The western side of the mountains is home to the the cities of Seattle, Olympia, and Portland. East of the Mountains On the[…]Read more
My birthplace and native land, the United States of America is a vast country with a wonderfully varied geography. The hodge-podge, mish-mash of global cultures and traditions makes what it means to be “American” a question with as many answers as there are people.
My Seattle Top 5 Seattle holds a special place in my heart. I first visited Seattle more than 30 years ago at the tender age of eight. The city became an annual stop for my family and for ten days every summer we learned to love baseball, Seattle-style chowder, and the stagnant smell of the Puget Sound. Even though Seattle has changed dramatically over the years, my list of favorite things to do in[…]Read more
Reflections on a Sojourn in Salt Lake City As I drove northward, the landscape changed from the salmon pink cliffs of Green River to the a pale clay landscape north of the San Raphael Swell to the deep green of forested mountains just south of Salt Lake City. Each landscape was complete, and each landscape gave way completely to the next leaving no trace of the colors that were in the colors that are.[…]Read more
Snapshots from the American West Green River, Utah Green River Utah, where mule trains traveling the Old Spanish Trail from Santa Fe to Los Angeles forded the swift running Green River. Today the small town is little more than an overnight stop for those making the same journey. Even though Green River doesn’t look like much to those just passing through, the town has a variety of natural treasures that she keeps well hidden.[…]Read more
Snapshots from the American West The Road to Moab It is only by crossing them that one truly appreciates the expanses of the American West. Along the road to Moab, even the settled land, irrigated and yellow with late summer wheat, is barely occupied. A single, lonely farmhouse – marked from a distance by the towering, tin grain silos – might serve tracts of land that can take an hour to drive past. The[…]Read more
What Exactly is a “Demolition Derby?” Many county fairs in the western part of the United Sates end with a Rodeo: A showcase for some good old fashioned cowboy skills. Some fairs, however, do things a little differently. In Durango, Colorado they have plenty of Rodeo’s during the summer. So, like many rural towns sprinkled throughout the United States, the La Plata county fair ends with something special: the Demolition Derby. What exactly is a[…]Read more
Snapshots from the American West Dolores, CO It was my sister, a long-time resident of Durango, Colorado who suggested I spend some time in Dolores. I mentioned to her that I was trying to capture the modern American West in photography. I told her I was looking for those down-and-out towns that are fading ever so slowly into the dust of the western deserts – those towns that are everywhere – barely hanging on to[…]Read more