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Desert Solitaire No More

Desert Solitaire No More
Photograph by Melissa Farlow

The fluted buttresses of Fisher Towers are just one of the geologic wonders that draw thousands of hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and off-road vehicle enthusiasts to BLM lands near Moab, Utah. The once obscure uranium mining town has become the playground of the New West. Each Easter some 4,000 off-roaders descend on the area for a week of dust-churning motorized recreation along a thousand miles (1,600 kilometers) of old mining roads that thread the canyonlands. “In the past 15 years visitation has grown dramatically,” says Alex Van Hemert, a recreation planner in BLM’s Moab field office. “There are just too many people in Moab during Easter weekend.”



Camera: Nikon F4
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 28mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/500 @ f/1.4
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Late evening
Lighting Techniques: Last light available

Special Equipment or Comments:
Smoke from a fire cut down on the intensity of the light.


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