In a completely unplanned and odd astronomical coincidence, February 7, the date of Jay’s retake photo, is exactly the same number of days away from winter solstice as is November 4th, the date of the original photo. Therefore, the sun’s angle and the important shadows it casts are identical.
Photos and words by Paul Martini A few years ago a photog friend and I hiked to a cliff dwelling in southeast Utah just as a ferocious monsoonal downpour struck. A flash flood came over the pour-off above the alcove. Initially we tried to shelter in the alcove, but there was this high-velocity blast of … Continue reading Behind the Shot: Bluff Photographer Paul Martini
An interview with Melvin Gaines. Melvin has been a resident of Bluff since about 1932 when, at the age of one, he was brought to Bluff in the back of his father’s mule drawn wagon.
(Crossposted in the San Juan Record) Since October, artist Joe Pachak has been constructing a 25-foot tall coyote sculpture in the center of Bluff. The body is made of cottonwood, willow, and tamarisk and it’s covered with a “fur” of native grasses. All are local natural materials – “found objects” as Pachak calls them – … Continue reading Artist Joe Pachak puts finishing touches on his seventh-annual winter solstice sculpture
Very little has changed in this part of Bluff's landscape, as shown by these two photos, 100 years apart. Bluff residents gathered on Cemetery Hill, with Locomotive Rock in the background, in February to re-photograph scenes depicted in some of the historical photographs. Although the cemetery has gained a few additions, efforts are underway to … Continue reading One Hundred Years In Bluff (1997)