Fire in Her Soul Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado. Sunset are probably a favorite of many around the globe, and it is true that the viewer can find amazing sunsets probably every day. Coming down the road from almost 13,000 feet I had been observing the changes in the sky until I arrived much closer to the bottom of the valley. It seemed very unreal, almost magical. The fiery clouds seemed to be playing with the mountain peak.
From Long Ago Crater Lake, Oregon Driving from Idaho to California, I notice this dot on the map and decided that a 300-mile detour was not such a great thing if a trek which took me over 16,000 miles this past summer. I was certainly not disappointed. The West side of the USA is extremely volcanic, and this is great reminder of what was once.
Hope Again Big Bend National Park, Texas This park saw temperatures drop from 113 to 72 degrees in just a few minutes as several storms came through. In a land which can be so hostile, yet hope appears from time to time. Lightning in fact started several brushfire as I stood before this beginning of a rainbow.
Mystery Valley of the Gods, Utah This site which takes the visitor on an 18-mile dirt road was fairly unknown two years ago. I was then able to journey through the valley alone. This past summer I traveled there again and was most disappointed in finding campers at every single stop. I am not sure what led to this change, but it was upsetting. One of the greatest things we experience in such locales is the ability to commune with the immensity of the universe. While I, or no one is solely owner of such a paradise on earth, it is good to feel so for but a few minutes. In the quiet of this beautiful desert, on can stand for hours, and discover different vistas at every turn.
Road to Nowhere Death Valley, California To say that Death Valley is an eerie site is the east that could be claimed about this place. Silence prevails, vegetation hesitates and those who venture upon these roads may not return.
The Promise Lake Yellowstone, Wyoming This image is inspired by the great American landscape painters of the 19th century. As their work did, the photo shows the almost infinite space which stood in front the old pioneers as they conquered the land.
Who Knows Monument Valley, Utah The dream of any child who has watched many an old western and played with the made-up stories of the old West, it is with awe that I discovered the place where John Wayne and John Ford worked together with so many dreamers. I have not to this day seen the valley under a clear sky, but seeing it under the rain, or heavy clouds, while a challenge to the photographer allows for unusual, or at last uncommon perspectives to those who are used to seeing this landscape in books or on postcards.
Window to Yesterday Canyonlands, Utah A very popular rendezvous for many I was not aware of the existence of this arch at the end of a little hike in Canyonlands. Being able to frame the beauty of the landscape beyond gives the impression of a much more inviting emptiness in these forbidding climates. The colors are true and leave the spectator with a sense of amazement at the pure beauty of an unspoiled earth.
Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author
of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes,
and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front
Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications.