Sometimes, the best thing to do in wild areas is to just go and get lost. To have a lust for wandering and to let the gravity of a certain place pull you along without a plan.
As a former wilderness guide for several years, I learned that the most special wild places are usually the ones that you didn't expect to be. Said another way, I'm often more inspired by a particular oddly shaped rock or beautifully majestic tree that I chance upon than by the "destination" on a map.
If I'm honest with myself, I'm not the best landscape photographer. I'd much rather work with and photograph people. But in this instance at Goblin Valley State Park, I just had to pull out my camera to document my favorite goblin. The one in the upper left, the one that looks kinda cat-like, just seemed to draw me in as I walked further and further from the roads and the heavily-trafficked part of the park. I climbed all the way to it and just felt content in the beauty that I had found.
I like the photo more for documenting that feeling of being pulled into a special place like Goblin Valley; I think the rich hues, granularity, and earthiness adds to that feeling. But mostly, I hope that it will inspire you to go find a place in the wild that pulls you in.
Photographer and award-winning journalist Austen Diamond specializes in creative portraiture, commercial photography and editorial photojournalism. For booking inquiries and to view his portfolio, go to www.AustenDiamond.com.