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Forces Of Nature

Forces Of Nature

“Like looking through a telescope into the Milky Way and wondering if we're alone in the universe, it made me realize with the glaring clarity of desert light how scarce and delicate life is, how insignificant we are compared with the forces of nature and the dimensions of space." ~ Aron Ralston

While exploring the famous Buckskin Gulch, of the Paria Canyon / Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, I was amused by yet another characteristic effect of the kind of force of nature that carved this canyon -- Great torrential floods. Another way of looking at slot canyons and fissures such as Buckskin Gulch is that it is really Nature's sewer, as evidenced by this log jam remnant left over from previous floods. To put this canyon and the height of the log jam into perspective, standing underneath it, the log jam is about 40 feet over your head. At times while spending multiple days living in this canyon, I found many other log jams ranging from waist high and requiring climbing over or crawling under to up about 70 feet above.