Red Desert Moonrise

Moonrise over the Red Desert in the Honeycomb Buttes area, Oregon Buttes Wilderness Study Area, Wyoming

Last week I traveled to Colorado’s Roan Plateau, then on to Pinedale, Wyoming to document areas threatened by natural gas development. It’s rewarding work that sometimes feels like I’m grinding my teeth all the time. Needing a break, I spent the last night in the northern Red Desert; just me and and the pronghorn… coyotes, sage grouse, sage thrashers, Brewer’s sparrows, badgers, ground squirrels, Swainson’s hawks – you get the idea. One of the highlights was watching the full moon rise as sunset painted the desert in golden cinammon light.

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