The geological processes that created nature’s grand monuments span millions of years. The earth heaves and splits apart creating mountains, basins and water features that endure for many thousands of years only to undergo massive change again. Geologists use the term deep time when studying these epochal shifts in the earth, a time scale that is profoundly different than the human experience of time passing. These monuments are testimony to our short human presence on the earth—a flicker in deep time—and a reminder that human behavior over mere centuries is rapidly disrupting natural geological processes with unknown consequences. Time is relative; our human clock is ticking faster than we may think.
This six-image series of grand landscapes comes from work completed between 2011 and 2016 in the following locations: Eastern Sierras California, Painted Hills Oregon, Bryce Canyon Utah, Yellowstone National Park Montana, Parc Naturel de Verdon France, and Glacier National Park Montana.