January at Natural Bridges National Monument in southeast Utah. Savoring the dead of winter sunlight on the upper edge of the high desert. One of the most special places I’ve been privileged to visit. So far.
Down the trail to Kachina Bridge. After the snow storms, this one has melted back to bare rock, an easy trek. Warm sun in the cold winter afternoon.
Down at the bottom of White Canyon, I look up at the massive, thick arc across the stream bed. Since the stream slowly but surely created the hole in the sandstone, the shortcut, abandoning its old outer meander, it a natural bridge. Not an arch. Unless you’re a geologist or naturalist, you don’t care about the scientific distinction.
But like them, you appreciate the beauty. That’s what matters.
Photo location: Natural Bridges National Monument, San Juan County, southeast Utah, United States.
© 2015 Stephen J. Krieg