We tell stories.

We write. We photograph. We paint. We sculpt. We create narratives about the relationship we have with the Colorado Plateau's redrock landscape and the people who inhabit desert places. We speak out and wear our hearts on our sleeves. We participate in conversations of history, geology, poetry, wonder, and record keeping. 

If there is such a thing as being conditioned by climate and geography, and I think there is, it is the West that has conditioned me. It has the forms and lights and colors that I respond to in nature and in art. If there is a western speech, I speak it; if there is a western character or personality, I am some variant of it; if there is a western culture in the small-c , anthropological sense, I have not escaped it. It has to have shaped me. I may even have contributed to it in minor ways, for culture is a pyramid to which each of us brings a stone.
— Wallace Stegner