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Boar's Tracks : Prints Available

Tracks in the Killpecker Sand Dunes Area Of Critical Environmental Concern lead from the Boar's Tusk, an iconic volcanic monolith. Early summer in Wyoming's Red Desert.

While hiking in the Killpecker Sand Dunes last summer, I turned around to see my own tracks in the sand leading from the Boar’s Tusk, a Wyoming Red Desert icon. I lined up the shot and made this image and a few other compositions before moving on. It’s a simple photograph that holds a deeper meaning for me. Following those same tracks back with darkness closing in, I thought about our short time here on this earth, that these tracks may last until tomorrow, representative of our occupation in the geologic continuum. The distant volcanic monolith has stood above this sagebrush desert for many millions of years, yet humans completely transformed the American West in a blink-of-an-eye 150 years. The human capacity to destroy is without equal, earth is getting smaller – our challenge is to leave only footprints in the most extraordinary places like Killpecker Sand Dunes.

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