Bingham Copper Mine, an open pit mine in the Oquirrh mountains of Utah. Very impressive! [Unfortunately, this photo was used by the Salt Lake Tribune, long known for its prejudices, in an extremely biased and unsubstantiated article.]
The cracks in the parched earth are clearly visible, but for a few short weeks - every few years - this remote section of desert is transformed into a magic carpet of purple. The wildflower Scorpion Weed takes over this corner of the Mojave Desert in southwestern Utah when the conditions are right.
Big Rock Candy Mountain: Deep in the remote Escalante Grand Staircase Wilderness you can find some of the most unique and dramatic examples of mother nature's handy work. Sitting silent in this largely unexplored region, this little two-foot tall rock is merely a "taste" of the many geological delights and oddities waiting to be explored. by Stephen Oachs