Title of image was inspired by the song under the same title by Dashboard Confessional.
If you have spent a majority of your time traveling across the Navajo Reservation your bound to have passed by this sign on the way to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This is left over from the remnants of an old roadside stand that was called Chief Yellowhorse’s Trading Post. There used to be another sign that proclaimed: “Chief Yellowhorse Loves You!” I don’t see it standing up any more though. Soon, I would like to focus my lens on more of the rural decay found on the reservation because there is beauty in what I see out there. It’s kinda sad, but the emotions should be captured in images. Navajoland is a truly beautiful place!
Get you’re kicks on Route 66!
I love the architecture of the LDS (Mormon) temple that is located at the heart of Mesa, Arizona. It has an ancient feel to it. Special ordinances are performed in Mormon temples and the ceremonies performed are sacred. It is disrespectful and considered sacrilegious for LDS members to discuss what happens in the temple anywhere outside of it. Once you understand the importance of the beliefs it’s not hard understand why this is.
Stop by the Ale’inn for supper before you head out in your search for the truth. My buddy Rob and I took a little trip out to Area 51 the other day and stopped in this little diner for supper. Later that night we met up with a group of UFO hunters from Las Vegas.
I think that’s what it says. I could not quite make out the lettering on this building because it was so faded. This is next to Last Chance Saloon in Modena, Utah.
This is located in Modena, Utah near the Nevada state line.
These stands are common on the reservation and cater to tourists and folks passing through or visiting places like Monument Valley or the Four Corners. Roadside shops contain Navajo arts and crafts.
Found inside the Little Ale-inn Cafe and Motel.
What I enjoy about shooting super-wide images is that people are not aware they are in the frame!
Located at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park around river mile 179.
This road traverses 49 miles from I-70 to Moab, Utah and follows the Colorado River until you reach the city. It is one of the most beautiful stretches of scenic highway in the state. This image captures the mood I was in.
This location is also known as Monument Valley Tribal Park on the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona. What a beautiful quiet place it is as well. Every time I visit, the landscape never ceases to impress me.
Caliente is a town of about 800-1,000 people out in Lincoln County, Nevada. It’s roughly a 3-hour drive Northeast of Las Vegas.
These buttes are seen on your way to the north entrance of Canyonlands National Park about 26 miles to the west of Moab, Utah.
I am capturing every detail around me even those often overlooked by locals. Even murals on buildings seem to capture my attention and this one was no exception especially with the light fixture above the sandstone mittens.
Apparently some do not take pride in their own gun club!?
A stunted Juniper on a hill. Look at the direction of the clouds at the same angle as the branches on the tree; that’s what I noticed and why I took this shot. This also has the feel of the movie; No Country for Old Men.
This is one of those places where Navajo folks sell arts and crafts off the roadside to tourists and travelers. I want to photograph more of the rural decay often overlooked on the reservation just like I do around my own hometown.