Red Mesa, Arizona, USA. 2005

The south western states of the U.S. is one of my favourite areas in the world. There’s something about the wide open spaces and big skies there, that I can’t put words to, that resonates so deeply within me. It’s not a landscape that provides an easy living to people born there, let alone someone like me who is genetically more suited to cooler and wetter places and for that reason it puzzles me that I’m so attracted to it.

My attraction to such landscapes reminds me of some dialogue from the movie, “Lawrence of Arabia”. Feisal says to Lawrence;

“I think you are another of these desert-loving English.
No Arab loves the desert.
We love water and green trees, there is nothing in the desert.
No man needs nothing.”

7 thoughts on “Red Mesa, Arizona, USA. 2005”

  1. I like deserts for short periods of time. They are amazing to witness, but I wouldn’t want to hang around and fill out a police report.
    The Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is my desert.
    If we are going to start quoting stuff:

    To say nothing is out here is incorrect; to say the desert is stingy
    with everything except space and light, stone and earth is closer to
    the truth.
    –William Least Heat Moon

    I like that Lawrence of Arabia quote.

  2. Razz, bearing in mind that Australia is a place I have never visited nor, as you may remember, have not fully grasped the history..ahem…I think of our southwest as similar to some of the landscapes I’ve seen in Australia? Am I totally “off” about this as well as Captain Cook?

  3. Now, I know the Grand Canyon and Brice and other geographical wonders may not be duplicated elsewhere but I am thinking of “wide open spaces and big skies” comment.

  4. I feel the same razzbuffnik… there is something awe-inspiring about that open high country, where the distances you can see without interruption by a manmade object boggle the mind. I fear those places without interruption are fast disappearing, but I remember them and the feeling they brought from my many car trips across the country in my younger “wandering” years. A person misses that by just flying over from coast to coast.

  5. Planetross

    I think you’re right about deserts, in that they are only really good for short times. Salar de Uyuni!?
    Wow! You sure have been around; I’m impressed.


    Yes we have lots of places that have wide open spaces and big skies here in Australia, but unfortunately I don’t have any photos of them. Last time I went out into the desert here, I crashed my car.

    That was 9 years ago and I haven’t been back since. Like I said in the post, there’s something I can’t really put into words about your south western states. I love the Grand Canyon as well and I’ve re-posted an article that I think you might enjoy that I wrote before you started visiting this blog.


    You’re right, I also feel the chance to see landscapes without any sign of mankind and his artefacts are quickly disappearing.

    Years ago (in 1974) my family emigrated to Canada and stayed behind in Australia because I didn’t want to fly over all those countries on the way. So I saved up my money and travelled overland (where ever I could) for two years to join them.

  6. Grasswire

    Your comment reminds me of something I heard a guy from Saskatchewan, Canada, say years ago, when he was asked if he liked mountains; “nah, they get in the way of the view”.

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