Layers of earth can be seen all over the west, from canyons and formations surrounding Moab to the orange and cream hoodoos in Bryce Canyon to the epic walls of Kings Canyon, rainbow banded hot springs in Yellowstone and the thousands of age-revealing rings in the redwoods. But even in one of our countries most desolate and dry places, you can find vibrant bands of purple, yellow and orange sandy soil contrasting with the lush green wheatgrass that feed the buffalo and bighorn sheep in the Badlands. All of these layers tell a very long, drawn out story and remind me of how short our time is on earth. We don't even span one of these many layers (except for the tree rings 😑) in a lifetime. Every moment is precious.