SOUTHWEST VISTAS GALLERY
by
REX PASSION
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JACKSON'S CROSSING

In 1875, explorer and photographic pioneer William Henry Jackson found a route up these sheer walls. I tried to follow his route but was stopped by a fifteen feet high rock face.  I took this shot from the base of that cliff.

CAMP in the WASH

In 2004 I camped near where Jackson crossed the ridge. It was a fine site and maybe Jackson camped near there in 1875. It was August, the time of the monsoon with daily dramatic clouds.

SUNRISE WITH CLIFFS

During the southwest "monsoon" nearly every hour is dramatic. This sunrise was typical. The light changed every few minutes as the sun exposed more of the dramatic cliffs.

UTAH MONSOON

The sky turns inky black as the drama of an imnpending storm grows. The coming downpour can change a dry creekbed into a raging river in a few minutes but storms are isolated. My anticipation orf rain was
frequently in vain
.

CLAY HILLS #1

Millions of years ago clay particles precipitated from calm seas. Now they glow with an incredible brilliance.

CLAY HILLS #2

The colors in these photos are very close to what I saw as I drove down the wash. In this part of Utah they are always spectacular espacially in the clear
monsoon light.

SUNSET AT JT'S

When we are in Bluff we stay with an archeologist friend of ours whose land looks off to the west. This sunset was followed by the Perseid meteor showers.

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