When I was a child, we lived out west. I loved the mountains, and going camping, because it was so pretty and green. I thought the desert was ugly. Part of this was that I lived in a desert. The only trees around were ones people had planted, or those growing at high elevations in the mountains.
I still love trees and mountains, but as I grew older, I began to see a beauty in the desert.
My Senior year of college at Utah State, I was lucky enough to room with my cousin. He is really fun, and we did everything together. My family had moved to Indiana, so I was only able to see them at Christmas, and during the summer, so the rest of the time I spent breaks with him.
My cousin was engaged by Spring Break. His Fiance was from Emory County, in the desert of East Central Utah. We decided to go camp near her family in the San Rafael Swell. It was lots of fun.
This is a painting of the San Rafael Swell in early spring. Notice the cliffs, the Juniper trees, and the overall wildness of the scene. That is what I like about the area.