After exploring the surrounding area for a good hour, I stopped back here on my way out and bumped into the beautiful @linaxmuse and her crew. I decided to stay having a great chat about the projects that they are working on and in the pipeline.
Before we departed ways, Lina was kind enough to give me a quick twirl display for some photos. x
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While I am missing the mountains in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, I have to say, it’s nice to be back hiking in my own backyard.
1. Capillary Magma
2. Milton's Tendrills
Here are a couple of aerial shots of Utah's badlands taken within an hour of each other, before and after sunset. The array of colors this landscape takes on are truly mindblowing.
This area near Hanksville, UT was recently opened up to unrestricted ATV use by the BLM despite there already being a huge area set aside for ATV's less than 5 miles from here.
As a nature lover and photographer this is absolutely heart-breaking news. When I visited the area last year, I could already see a few blatant scars from where people had illegally ridden. Despite these scars it was such a cool place to explore; incredibly quiet, diverse and bizarre. Sadly, I can only imagine how quickly and devastatingly these crumbly hills and valleys will be torn up now.
While I understand BLM land is managed for multiple uses, I still find this decision unfathomable. I will be returning to this area later this year to document the impacts of riding ATV's all over this landscape. I hope that some dramatic before and after shots will prevent other places I love from succumbing to similar bad management choices.