• Want to be amazed? Spend some time near Sunflower Butte on the Navajo Nation. Dry farming persists here, despite ongoing drought.

  • U.S. Highway 163, a long-time favorite, winds through Monument Valley and guarantees breathtaking views.

  • Ed Kabotie is a Hopi artist and musician. He says the recent 9th Circuit Court decision to allow snowmaking with reclaimed water on the San Francisco Peaks is an example of Koyaanisqatsi, a Hopi word meaning "life out of balance."

  • image of Southwestern dry farming

    Dry farming has persisted for thousands of years in the most arid regions of the Four Corners area.

  • image of native family

    A Navajo elder shows corn kernels to a boy during a traditional farming workshop north of Holbrook, AZ.

  • And when I'm not writing ... Recent climbing trip to Jack's Canyon, on a cold day.

  • Javalina bite on prickley pear cactus.

    A javelina bite, maybe, turned this prickly pear cactus into a heart.

  • Zapotec weaver in Zihuatanejo, Mexico

    Zapotec weaver in Zihuatanejo, Mexico

  • blue jacket as dog sleeping bag

    This is my jacket, but not my dog, at the base of a popular climbing area (The Pit) near Flagstaff.

  • Start of the 2010 Paatuwaqatsi (Water is Life) Run at Hopi

    Start of the 2010 Paatuwaqatsi (Water is Life) Run at Hopi

  • Campsite at the base of Fisher Towers in Utah

    Campsite at the base of Fisher Towers in Utah

  • Cedar (my dog)

    Cedar (my dog)

  • Navajo Squash Blossom

    Squash blossom, North Leupp Family Farms on the Navajo Nation near Flagstaff

  • Mesa Verde Ruins

    Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado

  • City fishing, Flagstaff

    A local girl fishes at the Frances Short Pond as the Shultz Fire rages on the San Francisco Peaks. The fire burned 15,000 acres (61 square kilometers) in June of 2010.