Susie and I hiking Pole canyon near Moab Utah. In April of 2009. The weather is beautiful and the hiking great. Later up this canyon we saw cougar sign marked clearly in the middle of the trail as they like to do. This photo was taken by Photographer Monte Stiles http://www.montestilesphotography.com/Home/ as he hiked above us on the rim of the canyon. His dedication to, as they say, "chasing the light" is world class as he does not settle for anything other than the most unique in color and visual style. This causes him to take risks that many of us refuse to do. His results are most impressive however and the story behind his pursuit of beautiful photos is a chronicle of a life changing perspective that he shares on speaking engagements around the USA.
Susie and I hiked this canyon to it's end and the change in scenery is most impressive. Scrubbed red rock here but verdant vegetation higher up the hike.