My background with deserts ranges from the basalt-dominated geology of eastern Washington and eastern Oregon, to arid valleys of eastern California, and down into carved sandstone of Arizona, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico.

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Columbia Hills, Washington
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Arrowleaf balsamroot, Tom McCall Wildflower Preserve, Oregon
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Balsamroot, Tom McCall Wildflower Preserve, Oregon
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Arrowleaf balsamroot, Tom McCall Wildflower Preserve, Oregon
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Lichen on columnar basalt, John Day River, Oregon
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Bristlecone pine, White Mountains, California
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Bristlecone pines, White Mountains, California
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Bristlecone pines, White Mountains, California
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As a life-long resident of western Washington State, I am most familiar with the world of “green and wet”. Thus, I find the “orange and dry” deserts of the Southwest to be a polar opposite world full of new adventure and photographic opportunities.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
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Turret Arch viewed through North Window, Arches National Park
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Angles Landing, Zion National Park
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Moon rise, Zion National Park
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Alcove House, Bandelier National Monument
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Shiprock Rock, New Mexico
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The rivers running through eastern Oregon deserts make for great paddling adventures.