About the Author

A lifelong resident of the American West, Greg Russell has been a photographer since 2003. He focuses most of his energy on making images of the mountains, canyons, and deserts he explored as a kid. As he's grown older, he's gained an appreciation of the intimate details and beauty of these landscapes and tries to convey that sense of place to his audience. Greg has been a member of Naturescapes.net since 2006, and a moderator of the Landscape Forum since summer of 2009; he enjoys the inspiration and sense of community here on NatureScapes. In addition to photography, Greg enjoys hiking with his family, running, reading, eating, and a good Hefeweizen. Visit his website at: www.alpenglowimagesphotography.com and his blog: www.alpenglowimagesphotography.com/blog.

The Need for Wilderness
by Greg Russell | February 16, 2012

© Greg RussellIt is my fourth morning waking up in the desert. Red dirt fills my pores, and has combined with sweat to form a sort of “desert varnish” over most of my body—a strangely welcome feeling that instantly evokes memories of summer on the Colorado Plateau during my youth. I climb out of...

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