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Between Dust and Sky | The American Southwest

March 19, 2017

By Heather Shevlin

Look up to deep, endless sky. Look down for flowers and cacti struggling through harsh cracks in the dusty, caked dirt. Look out at towering plateaus of red rock, jutting defiantly into the horizon. Despite the climate, the southwest is anything but dry.

The region hides pockets of majesty, grandeur and brilliant contrast that feel otherworldly in a way Iโ€™ve rarely experienced. Wind whistles over silence, clouds move conspicuously, sunbeams pierce to the depths of quiet canyon floors and faded formations are far as the eye can see.

We hit the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Antelope Canyon, Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Zion National Park. The natural wonder and beauty of these places is remarkable and their protection is paramount. They are solace, sanctuary, freedom, perspective and clarity. Experiencing the boundless southwest was incredible. The trip was a solemn reminder not to take our natural wonders for granted and to make efforts for the environment every day. I hope you enjoy the small peek into our trip these photos provide. Happy Trails!

Wilderness is the preservation of the world.
-Henry David Thoreau

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Heather has always been a shutterbug and caught the travel bug after a trip around Australia with her best friend several years ago. Since then she has taken every opportunity to explore the world and won’t be stopping anytime soon. You can see more of her adventures on Unsplash, Vsco, and Instagram as @thehmstravels.

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    Carmen
    March 22, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    These photos are breathtaking! The colours are blend so beautifully together!

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      Heather
      April 5, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you Carmen! Really appreciate your kinds words ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Charlotte
    March 24, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Wow, stunning photos! Looks really amazing.

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      Heather
      April 5, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks so much Charlotte! It was an incredible trip!

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    Best places to go in Myanmar
    March 30, 2017 at 3:27 am

    One of the best places to go in Myanmar is Mandalay hill which is submitted 240 meters above the surrounding plain is the natural watch-tower for the visitors to watch sunrise or sunset over the city plains. This destination is located to the northeast of the city centre of Mandalay. This place is well known for a lot of pagodas and monasteries, a main pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists. At the top of the hill, there is a charming pagoda named Sutaungpyei. To access there, tourists need to climb the 1,729 steps of the covered southern stairway. Instead of that, visitors also can have another way to reach the top by taking a taxi to enjoy on the way of the hill.

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    northierthanthou
    April 3, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Great pictures. I miss the red dirt from down there.

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      Heather
      April 5, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks man! Me too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Gabriel
    April 16, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    The American Southwest is one of the few regions of this country that I haven’t visited, but I really should satisfy my love for mountains with some of the red ones! Fantastic images, the ones of Horseshoe Bend always blow my mid because the scale seems so much different than it actually is. Must be awe-inspiring to be there!

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      Heather
      April 18, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      I could stare at Horseshoe Bend all day ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanks for reading!

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