"How does it feel / To be on your own / With no direction home / Like a complete unknown / Just like a rolling stone?" -Bob Dylan
Rocky landscapes dominated much of the June portion of my road trip, most notably from Badlands National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and the majority of my journey through Utah. Prior to my trip, I had never seen or experienced any landscape even close to resembling the rock formations I saw in these parks. To me, the rocks were a mixture of magical and enchanting, but also very unusual and foreign. In the Badlands, I felt like I was walking on Mars or the moon. I sensed with certainty that I was exploring the lands where dinosaurs once roamed. I even stumbled upon a fossil, fully recognizable as a jawbone, with teeth and all, quite possibly of some sort of raptor or reptile.
Most powerful of all was seeing the relative size of a human against the backdrop of a canyon or an arch. Look closely at some of my photos, and you will notice the mini figures of people. As humans, with bodies and brains, we often think without question that we are the rulers of the earth; but, our time on earth is short--the canyons and mountains have ruled the planet for millions of years before we arrived, and will continue on long after we have passed. Next time you feel like the world revolves around you, think about these images, and you just might "come back to earth".