We shall not cease from exploration,
and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started
--T. S. Eliot
I have spent countless hours hiking, route finding, getting lost, finding myself in unexpected places, tiptoeing around microbiotic soil crusts, prickly thickets, and vertiginous drop-offs, reading the light; the cerulean snowlight falling on the drifts and the brilliant cadmium sunrises. But I haven't yet come close to seeing and experiencing all the wildness that Utah has to offer to anyone with time and curiosity enough to explore some of the most fantastic places on the planet.
Some say that Utah's wild places have all been developed, mined, drilled, plowed, and loved to death by tourists. It is true that many pristine places have been ruined in the name of progress, but I believe it is still possible to experience some of the sense of awe and wonder that early explorers such as John Coulter, Jedediah Smith and J.W. Powell must have felt when first setting foot in these magical places. I hope that some of the feeling of awe and majesty of these wild places shines through in this collection of my photos.
A portion of each print sale is donated directly to the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
Douglas Pulsipher joined Pixels.com Licensing on October 28th, 2009.