The dry season

Both austere and gentle, the desert is a place of contrast. Few places so close to home exemplify the follies of short-sighted humans as well as the pure magic of which mother nature is capable. The desert can burn us dry and then wash us away in the same day. It can be a teeming riparian oasis and sparse as Mars in the same mile. We can dam rivers, mine coal, frack the shales and suck the water table dry, but in the end, the desert gets the last word. It’s more apparent now than ever. With that in mind, now is the time to add a little contrast to your busy work schedule and bask in what can surely fill us up like nothing else. So find the nearest canyon and drop in, or read a good book while perched atop its rim. Desert season is here.

Fallen leaves decorate a spring-fed pool in Bears Ears. 
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Water-sculpted mud in Bears Ears National Monument

Signs of civilization along the open range.
Vast skies and full moon over Highway 160 near the Four Corners
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A houseboat sits high and dry near Lake Powell's Bullfrog Marina.