Gallery: The West is the Best

Smoke from a prescribed burn in the Kaibab National Forest rises to meet rain clouds in northern Arizona.

Hiking in southern Utah and northern Arizona in September of this year, I pinched off twigs of sage along the trail as I passed, crushing the leaves and blossoms with my fingers and cupping my hands to my face to inhale the scent, a scent I didn’t want to release. A few weeks later, the smell of sagebrush is only a sweet and pungent memory, but it’s one of the ways the West intoxicates me, drawing me back again and again. Slot canyons have perhaps an even more powerful pull, and that is evident in the photos here, some of my favorites from my recent travels.

Onion Creek Road, north of Moab, Utah
Our truck top tent beneath the Milky Way at Knowles Canyon Overlook along the Colorado River, western Colorado.
Descending into Hideout Canyon, north of Moab, Utah
Peekaboo/Red Canyon, near Kanab, Utah
Peekaboo Canyon, near Kanab, Utah
Peekaboo Canyon, near Kanab, Utah
Sunrise at Bryce Canyon, Utah
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Arch along the Escalante River, Utah
Buckskin Gulch, Utah
Wire Pass Canyon, Utah
Nearing sunset in Hideout Canyon, Utah

Published by susandragoo

As a follower of Christ, my purpose is to follow the commands Jesus said were the most important, To love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and To love your neighbor as yourself. As an Oklahoma-based writer, photographer and lover of the outdoors, my purpose is to celebrate God's creation. Join me for imagery and adventure as I explore the world with camera and notebook. Contact Info: or (405) 664-2253

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