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02 December 2009

Ed Abbey's American Southwest

A framed photo of an adobe roadside diner in the American Southwest
The temperature was zero degrees F this morning. It was snowing. It is December in the northern Rockies of Colorado. Everywhere I look there are pine boughs laden with snow, a lovely vision often seen on a holiday card. So just to have a little change of perspective I decided to shift my focus to Ed Abbey's favorite country, the American desert southwest. For those of you who may not know who Ed Abbey was, he wrote many famous books and among them "The Monkey Wrench Gang," is one of my personal favorites. I can envision Hayduke, a radical environmentalist and Vietnam vet in the book, dining at this roadside restaurant and then disappearing into the rocky terrain of Zion National Park. I recently submitted these two photos to a literary magazine called "Matter Journal" for their edition coming out next summer on Ed Abbey. I thought I would share them with you and put the snowy shots aside for today.





photo of an adobe roadside diner in the American Southwest
Monkey Wrench Diner
It was a hot summer day when I came across this roadside diner in the American Southwest. It made me think of the book, "The Monkey Wrench Gang" by Ed Abbey. I can just imagine Ed dining here.
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Zion Landscape
The layers of sedimentation are clearly visible in this photo taken at Zion National Park. Ancient seabeds became limestone; mud and clay became mudstones and shale; and desert sand became sandstone.
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17 comments:

  1. Love that Zion shot! I love the landscape of the desert southwest.

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  2. We do not have roadside diners that that over here but would love to see one. Beautiful landscape shot as well.

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  3. I love the diner....I would absolutely stop there if I came upon it!

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  4. I love the diner too, great composition! Would love to go inside and eat, then come out and take a few pictures of it.

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  5. I'd stop at that diner! What a beautiful place. Stay warm in Colorado!

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  6. Love Abbey! Every winter I get so home sick for New Mexico. Thanks for the southwest flavor!

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  7. How wonderful it would be to loose one's self in the Zion Landscape and do a little soul searching. Fantastic image Julie!

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  8. I love Zion! And that diner looks like the perfect place to stop for breakfast!

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  9. The restaurant looks like they would serve excellent santa fe style mexican food and the zion photo just makes me want to go hiking again.

    Extreme enviromental books might be in vogue right now because they are not seeming to be viewed as quite as wrong as they used to be.

    Best regards,
    Tom Bailey

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  10. Yippee! So happy you like 'em! If there is an interest I may be able to find more.

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  11. Amazing Zion shot! The colors are outstanding.

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  12. I have GOT to come out west and see that part of the counry.
    I've been to Texas and California, but the states between has yet to happen.
    Seeing your photos show me what I'm missing.

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  13. greens on soil.nice

    A smile from SJ =)

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  14. Hi you,have a nice day ^^! . Your blog is very nice .I really like it !



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  15. Wow these pictures are beautiful I am going to go through the older posts to see more. Kate x

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  16. Thanks for looking! The American West is unique and very special to me. For anyone that hasn't visited I highly recommend it!

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