Tuesday, March 22, 2011

my excellent adventure in the southwest ::
a photo essay

Just back from a much-needed, semi-working vacation in the Southwest with F-stop, where he was shooting for a month. I enjoyed experiencing the sense of space and endless skies: quite a contrast from living in the Northeastern megalopolis. Like much of the world, the Southwest is facing grave environmental concerns, so looking at these pictures feels bittersweet. I hope future generations will be able to enjoy the same vistas that I saw.

Waterfall, Zion National Park, Utah


Zion

Moon, Zion


Abstract expressionist rocks, Zion

Self portrait in the shadows and sage brush, near Lake Mead, Nevada



This raven spent about 5 minutes telling me about his life in Bryce Canyon. Unfortunately, I don't speak Raven.

Tie-dye sunset.

Twisted tree root, Zion

Some of the slimy characters I hung out with. Lake Mead.

Hoover Dam, Arizona/Nevada. The top of the white cliffs shows where the water level was just 10 years ago.


Bryce Canyon, Utah

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, California

Brooding skies, Death Valley

I think Zabrieskie Point should be renamed "Tira Mi Su Point."


Which leads me to  this yummy Vegan Red Velvet Cupcake from the Red Velvet Cafe in Las Vegas


Las Vegas is home to the mother of all Whole Foods. They even have a vegan bar.

...With tons of options. Some looked tastier than others.

15 comments:

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

Those photos are just stunning.

Allyson said...

Agree.... absolutely stunning photos; makes me want to head out west ASAP. My favorite is the self portrait, it's right on!!

Christina said...

Awesome pics! Looks like you had a blast.

I love WF's vegan hot bar! They have them here in the city, problem is some of that stuff can be heavy (either that or I'm just a greedy ass).

Bianca said...

I must visit that WF. A vegan bar?! Wow. I'd love to make a trip of visit WF stores across the country.

Jamie said...

Beautiful album. Thanks!

Vegan Flower said...

We took a road trip to Zion for our honeymoon and loved it there. Utah is beautiful! Great pictures of everything & how cool that WF has a vegan bar in Las Vegas!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

gorgeous! Yay for vegan bars too!

Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler said...

I've been to Zion and Bryce, almost 5 years ago now. Beautiful area! Your pictures make me want to go back ASAP.

Vegan Georgia said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. I think Zion National Park is one of my top candidates for loveliest place on earth.

Jennifer said...

I live here in Las Vegas and have followed your blog for a while. Red Velvet Cafe is one of my favs! Glad to see you made it there. The Vegan Bar is also awesome, my husband and I visit WF regularly to find goodies.

Richard said...

I know that Best Friends Sanctuary is in the area----were you able to do a visit to check it out? I hope to go there one of these days------soon.

Brenda

Julia said...

Gorgeous!

I am about to visit family in Philly- where should I nom?!

I just started a very amateur vegan blog if anyone wants to network http://veganisreasonable.blogspot.com/
-Julia

Zoe said...

Wow! The vegan bar looks amazing! I always think with my stomach :p xx

Anonymous said...

you were in my neck of the woods! zion and bryce are amazing... as is the town square whole foods :)

Andra Stockwell said...

Loved your Summer Squash and Applesauce Muffins in the July/August issue of Vegetarian Times. It was a hit at our house!! Thanks for sharing.

The Stockwell Family
Folsom, California